As Executive Director of the Barrie Music Festival Association for 9 years, and current Vice President of the Ontario Music Festival Association, Katie has dedicated countless hours to working with and managing volunteers.


With her deep understanding of people and the need for connecting tasks with the best-suited skills available, Katie shares her knowledge and experience with other organizations on how to manage volunteers – the people who are the make or break part of running a successful event. 

Katie Pergau

Centre For Applied Human Dynamics

Managing A Volunteer Army - How to work with people's unique skills to enhance your next event!

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 3:45pm - 4:45pm

Andrea Johnston & Katie Pergau

Imagine an event where the connection between attendees, committee members, vendors, and staff was seamlessly executed, to the delight of everyone involved. That is the result of a ‘volunteer army’ who’s at peak performance! But, to paraphrase Marcus Buckingham, “You not only need to get the right people on your bus, but you also need to get them in the right seats, too!” This workshop will help any leader or organization better align the needs of your event with the unique abilities of the volunteers involved, designing your team into a well-oiled machine.

Three KEY Learning Outcomes:

1. Understand the unique abilities that each volunteer brings to the table.

2. Strategies to align the needs of your event/festival to the strengths of your volunteers.

3. Connecting volunteers with purpose, for a positive experience and outcome for all

ROOM - Grand York Ballroom






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