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Published on 29th September 2011
VSA’s Annual Congress 2011 will take place in Wellington on the 5th and 6th of November.
The theme to this year's Congress is 'Growing our volunteer pool' and it will bring people together from all over the country to celebrate their VSA connections. Participants will include many of the amazing young volunteers who have taken part in VSA’s UniVol programme since it began in 2007, and over 50 recently returned volunteers who have shared their skills with the communities they lived and worked with during their two year assignments.
Keynote Speakers will include Professor John Overton from the School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences at Wellington's Victoria University, and Andrew Chalmers who is the President of Christchurch's Student Volunteer Army. Returned Volunteer speakers include Alice Keeling who was a UniVol working as a Special Needs Programme Assistant in 2010 in Papua New Guinea, and Nicky Brown who worked as a Shelter Services Management Adviser from 2009-2011 in Cambodia.
Congress will be held in the Council Chambers of the Wellington Town Hall, with the venue being generously offered to VSA by Mayor Celia Wade Brown. The event provides a chance for people to meet VSA's newly elected Council, and to hear about the new strategic plan which will guide VSA's work from 2011 to 2015.