About the Waterloo-Wellington Learning Alliance (WWLA)

What is the Waterloo-Wellington Learning Alliance?  WWLA is a partnership of the  the Volunteer Action Centre of Kitchener-Waterloo & Area, United Way Waterloo Region Communities – Volunteer Centre (Cambridge) and PIN, The People and Information Network (formerly Volunteer Centre of Guelph/Wellington). It is an education and training service for community benefit organizations in the Region of Waterloo, Wellington County and the City of Guelph.


Why was the WWLA formed?  There is a strong desire for community benefit organizations to have access to high-quality training that helps them take their efforts to a new level. We recognize that by pooling the resources, skills and ideas of three volunteer centres, we can be more strategic, more intentional and more far-reaching in what we offer.


About the WWLA Training Program

Will the training still be applicable to me, now that it is being coordinated regionally?  Yes! Our goal is to work inter-regionally yet maintain the capacity to address local needs and characteristics across the Waterloo-Wellington area. Anyone is welcome to register for any learning opportunity listed in the calendar, regardless of geographic location.


What kind of training is being offered? The current educational opportunities are for staff or volunteers at community benefit organizations, especially those in roles related to board governance, senior leadership and management of volunteers. Although we have developed learning opportunities with certain audiences in mind, they are open to anyone interested in the topic.


What format will this training take? Learning comes in all shapes and sizes, so we will use a selection of workshops and clinics. Workshops involve participants acquiring new information, and can include resources and tips for skill development. Clinics bring the participants back to discuss and share how they have applied the knowledge, information and skills learned in the workshop.


Do you offer customized training opportunities? Yes! We have a menu of training opportunities available for you to choose from. All training requests should be forwarded events@wwla.ca. In your request please include answers to the following questions:

1. Why is the WWLA a good fit? An explanation of what the necessary subject matter expertise is, and why the WWLA is a good fit for collaboration.
2. What are the learning objectives? An explanation of what participants must learn, and what the desired performance outcomes are.
3. Who are the participants? An explanation of who the audience is, what their knowledge/experience levels are, what learners should do or do differently after the learning event, and the impact on the organization.
4. What should the learning event look like? An explanation of duration, location and available budget.


Registration and Payment Particulars

I see some topics have both a workshop and a clinic; can I just register for only one of them?  Learning is more than a passive process; research shows that learners experience greater success when they actively engage with new information and reflect on its application in their own context. Therefore, it is crucial that learners take part in both sessions to experience the full impact of the training – when both a workshop and a clinic are offered, participants must register for both events unless otherwise noted.


How do I register for these training opportunities?  The Waterloo-Wellington Learning Alliance uses EventBrite for an easy online registration process. EventBrite can be accessed through the events page. Please note that EventBrite processing fees will apply.


What payment options do you accept?  Payment can be made by credit card or cheque on EventBrite.


What happens if I need to cancel my registration? Participants who have registered for a workshop, training opportunity, or event with the Waterloo-Wellington Learning Alliance will be invoiced for the fee associated with the event if cancellation is not made at least 3 business days prior to the date and time of the event. Cancellation fees will be waived if the participant can find and guarantee an alternate to attend.


What happens if the Waterloo-Wellington Learning Alliance cancels a workshop? The Waterloo-Wellington Learning Alliance reserves the right to cancel a workshop. In the event of cancellation, full refunds will be issued to all paid registrants within one month.