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What is PREB-Ontario?

PREB-Ontario is a Volunteer Experience Recognition Program that supports capacity-building for the voluntary sector in Ontario through standardized volunteer recognition practices. A set of online proprietary tools, PREB-Ontario is used to prepare personalized, official PREB Certificates that recognize volunteers for their skills demonstrated during their volunteer experiences. An adaptation of the national PREB program, PREB-Ontario is a Pan/Parapan Am Games’ Volunteer Legacy Initiative, sponsored by the Government of Ontario.

Using its membership of Volunteer Centres in Ontario, the OVCN provides the necessary framework to ensure that non-profits and voluntary organizations are PREB-Ontario certified and qualified to deliver PREB Certificates.

Originally, PREB-Ontario was designed as a resilient and sustainable legacy to deliver personalized, official PREB Certificates to the 23,000 plus volunteers who supported the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. 


What does PREB mean?

PREB is a French acronym that literally stands for Programme de Reconnaissance des Expériences de Bénévolat, a national Volunteer Experience Recognition Program that originated in Quebec. PREB-Ontario is a version of PREB specifically tailored for the province of Ontario.


What is a Pan Am/Parapan Am Games’ Volunteer Legacy Initiative and why is PREB-Ontario referred to as one?

PREB-Ontario is one of two initiatives that the Government of Ontario launched on April 7, 2014, to support and encourage volunteerism during the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games and beyond. It was designed as a resilient and sustainable legacy to deliver personalized, official PREB Certificates to the 23,000 plus volunteers who supported the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.  That legacy lives on every time an Ontario volunteer is recognized with a PREB Certificate. That’s the reason why PREB-Ontario is referred to as a Pan Am/Parapan Am Games’ Volunteer Legacy Initiative.


Then, is PREB-Ontario managed by the Government of Ontario?

No. The OVCN developed and implements the PREB-Ontario program which is sponsored by the Government of Ontario. 


How does PREB-Ontario recognize volunteers?

Volunteer Centres in Ontario are trained in the use of PREB-Ontario’s set of proprietary online tools and in turn, they hold workshops to certify their respective community-based non-profits and charitable organizations. After completing the workshop, participants become PREB-Ontario certified to issue PREB Certificates to recognize volunteers. Since PREB-Ontario was launched as a Pan Am/Parapan Am Games’ Volunteer Legacy Initiative, the 23,000 plus Games’ volunteers are the first to receive certificates from this new system.


What is a PREB Certificate?

A PREB Certificate is a document that is issued to volunteers to recognize skills demonstrated during their volunteer experiences. Related volunteer hours, activities performed, special achievements or training obtained and comments from volunteers’ supervisors are also included on a PREB Certificate. Skills listed on the PREB Certificate are informed by the National Occupation Classification Code. The double-sided document measures 8.5” x 11”.


Want to learn more about PREB-Ontario?

Community service organizations are invited to join us for upcoming on-site workshops to receive training on using the PREB Volunteer Experience Recognition Program and to be PREB-Ontario certified. Visit our EVENT CALENDAR for more details and to register.

For more information about PREB-Ontario, you can also visit the Ontario Volunteer Centre Network’s (OVCN) website at: www.ovcn.ca/preb-ontario