Beth Cougler Blom

Beth Cougler Blom

Manager, Training & Outreach
Volunteer Victoria

Social Media and Non-Profits:
Should not-for-profits engage in social media? If so, why, when, who and how? Join experts who will address the issue from three points of view:

  • Utilize staff and volunteers (Beth, Volunteer Victoria)
  • Make it part of your communications plan (Maggie, Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness)
  • Don’t forget the money (Kari, Fund Development Consultant)

Using the panelist expertise and crowdsourcing YOU, we’ll present some information, answer your questions, and explore the territory together.

We invite you to Twitter the discussion live using #socialnpo.

Beth Cougler Blom joined Volunteer Victoria in 2006 to manage their training and outreach program. As part of her work she ensures top-quality professional development workshops are made available to the nonprofit community in topics surrounding the management of nonprofit organizations. Beth regularly delivers presentations in the community about how and why people volunteer and highlights the many different ways people in Greater Victoria can volunteer.

Beth has been part of the Volunteer Victoria social media team since its inception in 2009 and regularly writes for Volunteer Victoria’s blog. She also helps manage their Twitter feed and taught workshops earlier this year on Twitter and Hootsuite for the nonprofit community. Beth is also currently heading up the Emerging Leaders Network, a newly-formed group of “younger” professionals in the nonprofit sector who will be the next generation of nonprofit leaders.

Prior to joining Volunteer Victoria, Beth provided human resources and volunteer administration in a management position at a public health unit in Ontario. She has also coordinated educational programs at both Royal Roads University and The University of British Columbia.

Beth grew up in Ontario but has spent most of her adult life in British Columbia. She has also lived for short periods of time in France and China. Beth possesses a Master of Education (Adult Education) from UBC, a B.A. in History (with Administration Option) from Wilfrid Laurier University, and certificates in volunteer management and intercultural studies.

Beth has maintained a personal blog called Shades of Bliss since 2005 and has written articles for Island Parent Magazine, the Moss Rock Review, The Victoria Stroller, and The Canadian Journal of Volunteer Resources Management, as well as for Volunteer Victoria’s newsletter and other publications.