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Meaningful Volunteer Engagement
November 2, 2022

Whether your garden has an established volunteer program or you are seeking to develop one, this workshop will provide you with the opportunity to learn from experts and colleagues and find solutions for your garden.

Workshop Schedule: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
9:00 a.m. Check-in and continental breakfastk
9:30 a.m. Panel Discussion with Bellevue Botanical Garden, Dunn Gardens, and PowellsWood Garden
11:00 a.m. Meaningful Volunteer Engagement with Janet Capetty, Part 1
12:30 p.m. Lunch & Garden Tour
2:00 p.m. Meaningful Volunteer Engagement, Part 2
4:30 p.m. Networking and Light Refreshments

About the Speaker
Janet Capetty
 is a nationally recognized author, speaker, and trainer with over 20 years of experience working with nonprofits to build the capacity of their volunteer programs. Based in the Pacific Northwest, Capetty is the President of Take Five Training. She assists organizations in the recruitment, training, and engagement of volunteers and teaches employees how best to work with volunteers. Her goal is to serve as a catalyst and provide her clients with the tools, energy, and excitement to move their organization forward.

About the Panel
Colin Wick, the Volunteer Program Coordinator for the Bellevue Botanical Garden, helps bring together local nonprofits to connect people with plants and showcase best practices for growing a beautiful garden. He works diligently to ensure Garden Partners have the volunteer resources they need to deliver the exceptional programming that makes the Bellevue Botanical Garden so special. On a given day, he may be training and leading community volunteers, coordinating classes and lectures, or planning events. He has a bachelor’s degree from American University and has worked in gardens on three continents, spanning growing zones 6b to 13b.

Carolyn Cox is the Executive Director of Dunn Gardens, a 1915 Olmsted Brother’s designed garden in NW Seattle. She views public gardens as community hubs for all and prioritizes diversity and inclusion when building community. She fosters connections with local public grade schools, the Duwamish tribe, Pacific Northwest African American Quilters and numerous nonprofit organizations. Carolyn has a BA in English from University of San Francisco, a BA in Journalism from Seattle University, and is currently completing an MA in Nonprofit Leadership from Northeastern University.

Justin Henderson, Garden Director at PowellsWood Garden in Federal Way, WA has devoted his career to serving in the non-profit sector. Justin discovered his love of gardening in 2012 when he was Executive Director of a local food bank. He was asked to create a community garden to provide fresh produce for the food bank. Although he did it begrudgingly, it didn’t take long for him to become radically obsessed. Justin is passionate about inviting others to enjoy beauty, serenity, healing, and fulfillment through horticulture. He is the incoming president for Northwest Horticultural Society.

Lakewold Gardens 
12317 Gravelly Lake Drive Southwest
Lakewood, WA 98499
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