TAVA Executive Committee Team for 2017-18
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Vice-President: Jessica Pang-Parks
My name is Jessica Pang-Parks and I am TAVA's Vice President. I have over seven years of experience in volunteer engagement and currently work as a Senior Specialist, Volunteer Engagement at the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Through TAVA, I have met inspiring colleagues in our sector and have learned new skills for my professional toolkit. I'm very excited to continue networking and developing through this organization. In my free time, I enjoy reading, gardening and trying new restaurants. When onboarding volunteers, I always tell them "Don't hesitate to speak up whenever you have a question, concern or feedback. We value your opinion and contribution"
Past President: Heather Johnson
My name is Heather Johnson and I am the President of TAVA. I am in my second year of my 2-year term. I have worked in volunteer management for over 14 years. I have been a member of TAVA since 2013; prior to joining TAVA I was a member of DRAVA in Durham Region. My favourite movie ie the Blues Brothers; my favourite snack is Kernals Popcorn; the saying I always use when onboarding new volunteers is "Its okay if you decide that you want to volunteer with another agency when you complete the commitment you have just made to Dixon Hall. Everyone wins when we volunteer our time"
Treasurer: Jeff Abraham
My name is Jeff Abraham and I am TAVA's treasurer. I have been in a variety of roles in volunteer management since 2009. I have been a member at TAVA since 2014. My favourite TV shows are - The office (American), Friends, The Simpsons, Battlestar Galactica and Stranger Things. My favourite snack foods are apple and almond butter. The saying I use most with our new volunteers is "Volunteers are the backbone of our organizations; we can't do what we do without you!"
Social Media Coordinator: Fay Knights
My name is Fay Knights and I am the Social Media Coordinator of TAVA. This is my second year in this role for TAVA. This is my fifth year as a TAVA member and I have worked in the non-profit sector for 8 years, supporting events, education programs, volunteers, and currently marketing and communications. My favourite movie is Ocean’s 11; my favourite snack food is guacamole and tortilla chips; and the saying I use most when onboarding or working with new volunteers is, "Being here is one of the biggest steps, let’s make sure we make it count.”
Membership Awards & Bursary Co-Chair: Sonia Arana
My name is Sonia Arana and I am the Membership Awards & Bursary Co-chair. I am not new to TAVA; neither I am new in the volunteer adminstration field. For me, it has been over 15 years meeting the best of human kind, on a daily basis, among my volunteers. I am not a foodie, so I do not have a favourite food. As for a favourite movie, I still remember The Shoes of the Fisherman. The saying I use when onboarding volunteers is: “The reward, the real grace of conscious service is the opportunity not only to help relieve suffering but to grow in wisdom, experience unity and have a good time while doing it.”