Connecticut Forest & Park Association's Manager of Events and Volunteers Engagement, Elizabeth Fossett, has been awarded the credential, “Certified in Volunteer Administration,” by the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration. The credential, which entitles Liz to use the designation “CVA”, is the only one in the field that is recognized internationally.
Successful CVA candidates must prove they have a clear philosophy of volunteer administration, pledge to work within the professional code of ethics, and demonstrate their knowledge-in-use in the core competency areas of organizational management, human resources management, accountability, leadership, and advocacy. Liz joins a select group of over 1600 individuals who have attained this sought-after international credential as a demonstration of their professional excellence in mobilizing and managing volunteers. Liz is one of only twelve CVA's in the state of Connecticut.
Growing recognition of the value of skilled leadership in volunteer engagement has brought a steady increase in the number of candidates each year. While most CVAs are located in the United States and Canada, the program has attracted candidates from Australia, Bolivia, Bermuda, New Zealand, Japan, Slovakia, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, and Zambia.
The Connecticut Forest & Park Association is proud of Liz's accomplishments and is grateful to have her professional insight to support and grow our volunteer family. The work required to receive this certification increased Liz's comprehension of the best management practices for volunteer engagement. She gained valuable knowledge about the ethical and legal requirements for running a safe and successful volunteer program. Since joining CFPA in March of 2014, Liz has increased the professionalism of our volunteer engagement program through various activities; including, creating and distributing a Volunteer Handbook and supporting her colleagues in being effective leaders of volunteers.
For more information about the Certification and the Council that is responsible for it, please visit www.cvacert.org.