Our History

1940s –  A result of WWII was the rocketing rates in volunteerism. Urban centres responded by creating volunteer centres across the country.

1955 – The Central Volunteer Bureau was formally created by the Junior League of Calgary.

1988 – The Olympics takes Calgarians by storm and the volunteer spirit becomes part of our community culture.

1990s – Calgary non-profits needed help engaging volunteers in a meaningful way, so we began working one-on-one and side-by-side with our member organizations and citizens with a vision, to help them achieve their missions and goals.

2012 – Volunteer Calgary and CentrePoint for Non-Profit Management merge, and Propellus is born. Expanded services now allow us to continue connecting and promoting non-profits and volunteers, as well as to provide capacity-building training and resources.  

2019 – Propellus completed a transformation of digitizing volunteerism beyond recruitment to include all our services of volunteer engagement. Over 65 years of experience is now available at your desk at any time through a simple, affordable digital platform for volunteer engagement.

The Future – With volunteers at the center, we will continue to work together with non-profit organizations and regional partners to actively shape the future of volunteerism in Canada!