The History of AAMoV
In 1998 in South Australia, a working party was set up to look at the possibility of developing a professional association for people who lead the work of volunteers in volunteer programs. This working party included Rosemary Sage, Executive Director of Volunteering SA and Andy Fryar, Executive Officer of Lyell McEwin Volunteer Service and then Vice Chair of Volunteering Australia and Chair of Volunteering SA. After nearly a year, a draft set of objectives and mission statement were drawn up.
These, together with a draft constitution were taken to a combined meeting of the Northern, Southern, Central and Government volunteer manager networks in Adelaide. A six member Board was subsequently elected with Betty Eriksen, Lutheran Community Care SA, as President.
The South Australasian Association of Volunteer Administration was launched in 2000 at the National Volunteer Conference held in Adelaide. Ongoing feedback from South Australia and other States, as well as overseas, led the Board to consider the possibility of forming a national association. This was agreed since a great deal of groundwork had already been achieved, for example:
A foundation of an accreditation program
Preliminary discussions with Onkaparinga TAFE that conducts formal qualifications in volunteer management.
Discounts to e-volunteerism.com journal and other discounts
Groundwork and planning to set up an association
Extensive networking with other professional associations.
After extensive discussion, the Australasian Association of Volunteer Administrators (AAVA) was launched in September 2001. Peter Heyworth, Royal Society for the Blind SA, was elected as the first President and the board was expanded to 9 people.
In 2012 we changed our name to Australasian Association of Managers of Volunteers (AAMoV) to show that we represent those that manage and lead volunteers not just in South Australia, but across all of Australia as well as New Zealand.