Testimonials about Andy Fryar & OzVPM

 Here are just a few of the many compliments which we receive about our work:

“I have had many volunteer trainings over the years and this one was the most comprehensive and provided some much needed eye opening material going forward to improve our volunteer program.”    Comment from a US Army Volunteer Corps member after completing an ‘Everyone Ready’ training module created by Andy (May 2012)


“Exceeding our expectations Andy Fryar shared his expertise in volunteer management. Knowing only too well the issues faced by charities, Andy offered a myriad of suggestions and solutions to assist delegates in recruiting and retaining volunteers.  Delegates were able to participate in frank and honest discussion in the aim of improving their current practice with volunteers”       (NACRO National Conference Summary, 2010)

“I think everyone should attend an Andy Fryar session! He is amazing and I loved his class. This was my favorite. Very talented speaker”  (Participant at conference in Binghamton, NY, USA, 2010)

“Thank you so much for coming to Columbus yesterday. It was worth our drive from Kentucky . You are truly inspirational!”

(Jenny Yee Greber, CVA, Manager of Volunteer Services, WAVE Foundation, Newport Aquarium Foundation, Newport, KY, USA, 2009)


“Andy was excellent I really found him inspiring and his stories really helped me understand more about what impact we really do have on volunteers”    (Participant, WAVM Conference, UK, 2007)

“I had the distinct pleasure of working with Andy Fryar from May to November 2000. His passion for volunteerism, dedication to excellence in volunteer management, and genuine love of people from all walks of life made a lasting impression with me. He is visionary and inspiring!”
Judi Reed, Director of Volunteer Resources Chinook Health Region Lethbridge, Alberta Canada

“Andy is one of the leading lights in volunteerism internationally. His hard work, energy and commitment to the field are surpassed only by his extensive knowledge of volunteerism and his friendly & professional approach to his work”.
Rob Jackson, Rob Jackson Consulting, London, UK


“Let me express my appreciation for having attended the IAVM course and the ‘boomerang’ session with you – because it indeed helped me shape up on becoming a more ‘practical volunteer manager”   (Participant at Institute of Advanced Volunteer Management, UK)


“Thanks so much for your training for AVA- MC in Chicago. It made me rethink our entire volunteer program and how it is evolving”.  (Chicago AVA Workshop Participant, USA)

“Andy, thanks so much for your support and the interest you have shown in my work. I cannot express just how much I have gained from attending your sessions, both this year in Coventry and last year in Blackpool”   (Sue Jones, Warrington, England)

“I just wanted to say thank you for a very stimulating and thought-provoking workshop on Wednesday – it was really worthwhile. You have a natural gift for communicating with people, Andy, and you seem to be able to do it so effortlessly! ”  (Hazel Maynard, Melbourne)

“Since starting in the position of Volunteer Coordinator in a large aged care facility in Townsville 6 months ago, I fortunately found your site. Thank you for all the information you give which supports Managers and Coordinators of Volunteer Programs deliver a professional service to their organisations, their volunteers and the people who are being cared for”   (Volunteer Manager, Queensland, Australia)

“Andy – seeing the work that you do gives many of us in the profession hope for a bright and exciting future. I mean that sincerely.”

DJ Cronin, Queensland, Australia

“The books I ordered are fantastic!! Better than I had hoped! The training package is truly excellent, you have covered all the topics. The book on handling the problem volunteer is giving me much room for thought. It is clear and conscise and easy to relate to. Well done on providing really good resources for busy busy people.   (Volunteer Manager, Melbourne, Australia)

“Thank you for taking the time to visit us at the Woodland Trust, I personally found your comments / advice very helpful and am currently scoping how volunteers can support our team at a local level, and in the regions. Frankly, it was perfect timing as we have reached a stage where developing resources is foremost in our thoughts.”    (Merle Dekanski, The Woodland Trust, Grantham, UK)


“I was recently approached by the priest of our parish. Because I have been teaching for thirty-three years, he feels that I have the organizational skills to work in the capacity of Volunteer co-coordinator. There were no guidelines, no insights, and no resources. I went immediately to the computer and found your organization. THANK GOODNESS!!!”  (Don Sevier, San Bernardino County, California, USA)

“I’ve just spent the better part of a day looking around your website, following all of your links. What a wonderful resource. I have downloaded literally about 5″ of material that I’m now going to start plowing through in preparation for my sessions in Australia. Just wanted to say thanks for such a great resource. ”   (Linda Graff Author, Trainer, Consultant Linda L. Graff And Associates Dundas, Canada)

” I would like to thank you and your Vacancy Listing. I am about to start in a new position that I found published on OzVPM! Even though I was looking, I didn’t actually see it in our local paper, so without OzVPM it may have been an opportunity missed ……… :0) Keep up the great work and thank you for your commitment    (Volunteer Manager, Adelaide, Australia)

“In any consultancy it is important for the client to have confidence in the consultant. Andy not only has an extensive knowledge of volunteering at local, state, national and international level, he is also a person of integrity which, to me, is an essential characteristic in working in the volunteer sector (Peter Heyworth, Past President Australasian Association of Managers of Volunteers)

“I’ve been hearing about this wonder guy from OZ for several years, and I finally had the opportunity to meet him in person while in the US last year. His reputation is well deserved. What a smart, well connected, and gentle man Andy Fryar is. I look forward to many more opportunities to connect with him in the future, and recommend his consultancy work without hesitation.”   (Linda Graff Author, Trainer, Consultant Linda L. Graff And Associates Dundas, Canada.)