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Hyatt Regency O'Hare, Rosemont, Illinois

Golden Opportunities Patients, Community, You!

Golden opportunities are the ones to seize in order to maximize your impact. Golden anniversaries are never-to-be-missed occasions to celebrate the past 50 years, live in the present, and prepare for the next five decades. The shining alliance of golden opportunity and golden anniversary is exactly what awaits us all at the 50th Annual AHVRP Annual Conference & Exposition, Hyatt Regency O’Hare!

The Annual Conference Planning Committee is excited to bring you an event befitting of those golden designations. Join your talented colleagues for networking, concurrent sessions, keynote speakers, poster sessions, and more, gaining nuggets of knowledge that benefit both new and long-term volunteer management and retail professionals. In addition to these valuable learning opportunities, every moment of conference is a chance to be around like-minded individuals who can supply the idea or solution to take your program to the next level or solve your most vexing issue.

As always, we encourage you to take the extra step and join a committee, present a concurrent or poster session, and learn how you can be a part of the rush to become more involved with this unforgettable event. We are lucky enough to have a lode of talent within our ranks at AHVRP and we hope that many of you will take the step to become the leaders and voices of our next half-century.

From our newest members to those who have been part of this organization for a generation, from our nation’s golden shores to our golden prairie, we expect to see a record turnout in Chicago this autumn. We invite you to share information about the annual conference with your local, state and regional colleagues as we create an event we will all treasure!

We look forward to sharing many golden moments with you!

Robert Toonkel, CAVS
2018 AHVRP Annual Conference Planning Committee Chair
Manager, Volunteer Services
Arnot Ogden Medical Center
Elmira, New York


2018 Annual Conference Planning Committee Roster


Golden Opportunities: Patients, Community, You!

The theme for this year’s conference leads us to explore the opportunities for change in the delivery of our volunteer services and those who serve with us. This Golden Anniversary, celebrating 50 years of AHVRP, is a milestone to celebrate, and one you will not want to miss!

I am so excited with what the 2018 Annual Conference Planning Committee has in store for this Golden Anniversary. They will continue to offer outstanding educational sessions, keynote speakers, posters session, as well as many opportunities to network with your peers. If you have been to a previous conference, you know they also throw a lot of FUN in as well to round out the conference. At the last conference in Phoenix, I asked members what they enjoy best about AHVRP educational offerings and the opportunity to learn and network with their peers was the resounding answer.

I hope you will plan to attend, and celebrate our new opportunities!  Our communities and patients are counting on our hospitals, hospices, long-term care facilities and health care systems to deliver creative programs to support the new way of delivering healthcare. This 50th celebration is about not only AHVRP it is about YOU, the Chief Magic Makers and the Innovators, celebrating those who truly understands why we do what we do. Do not miss the conference everyone will be talking about!

I will see YOU in Chicago!

Kristyn Ireland, CAVS
2018 AHVRP President

Manager, Volunteer Services
North Ottawa Community Hospital
Grand Haven, Michigan