March 29, 2014 Leave a comment
In a volunteer environment like IIA local chapters, the time spent by volunteers can be very significant, to plan, organize, and implement activities. I am always impressed with many IIA volunteers I have come across that put lots of their effort and hard work to progress whatever they aim to do, for their members and larger community, i.e. IIA Canada and the profession.
Given the same context, it is also understandable that personal circumstances of individual volunteers may change. Changes in one’s career. Changes in workload at work. Changes in personal life e.g, studies in graduate or professional programs. These constraints directly put pressure on them to participate or follow their commitment or other fellow volunteer’s expectation. When one starts saying “I don’t have time for this.”, it is naturally expected that workload is shifted to others. Would others always have time for extra volunteer work? Maybe yes. Likely not. Now it comes to whether the work left behind should be ignored and let it slipped away. That is the question of a quality of volunteerism, at both individual and organizational levels – Effectiveness. Many volunteer groups do not have it and that results in their organization’s mandate undermined, their objectives not achieved, and their volunteer motivation running dry.
Fortunately, our chapter always has someone step up to ensure work is completed, commitment is followed, and leadership is demonstrated. As a chapter member, I am grateful with that.