TAVA Executive Committee Team for 2016-2017

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 move is the Blues Brother; my favourite snack food is Kernal's Popcorn and the saying I always use when onboarding new volunteers is:

"It's 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" 

Program Chair: Sangeetha Navaratnam



 

My name is Sangeetha Navaratnam and I am a Program Co-Chair of TAVA. I have worked in volunteer engagement since June 2011 and have been a TAVA member since September 2014 (2 years and counting!) My favourite TV Shows are Parks and Rec and Master of None; my favourite salty snack is chips, and sweet snack is chocolate. The saying I always use when onboarding new volunteers is:

 

"I can't be everywhere at all times so I need you to come and speak to me if there are issues with your placement. You might not be the only one having the issue and it could be something that is easily fixed/addressed". 

  

 Program Chair: Veronica Deally



 

My name is Veronica Deally and I am a Program Co-Chair of TAVA. I have worked in volunteer engagement for 4 years and have also been a TAVA member for 4 years. My favourite movie is When Harry Met Sally; my favourite food is pizza. The saying I always use when onboarding new volunteers is:

 

"Volunteers have such compassion and dedication. Time is such a precious commodity these days, and anyone who freely gives it is a hero in my eyes". 

 

 

Membership Chair: Nadia Sayeh

My name is Nadia Sayeh and I am the membership chair of TAVA. This is my first year in this role and my second year as a TAVA member. I have worked in the non-profit sector for 4 years, supporting events, educational programs, volunteers, marketing and communications. My favourite movie is The Message; I love food so it's hard to have a favourite one! The saying I always use when onboarding new volunteers is:

"Sky is not the limit. 

You are your own limit". 

  

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Treasurer: Jeff Abraham

 

 

 

 

 

My name is Jeff Abraham and I am the Treasurer of TAVA. I have been in a variety of roles in volunteer management/engagement since 2009. I have been a member of TAVA since 2014. My favourite TV Shows are: The Office (American), Friends, The Simpsons, Battlestar Galactica and Stranger things. My snack food is apple and almond butter. The saying I always use when onboarding new volunteers is:

"Volunteers are the backbones or our organizations;

We can't do what we do without you!"

 

 

Secretary: Elizabeth McCaffrey


 

My name is Elizabeth McCaffrey and I am the Secretary of TAVA. I am currently working full-time as the Volunteer Resources Coordinator at the Anglican Diocese of Toronto. My first involvement with volunteer management was in 1993/1994 at the Canadian High Commission in Colombo, Sri Lanka. I joined TAVA 3 years ago. My favourite TV show is Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and my favourite snack is salt and vinegar chips. The saying I always use when onboarding new volunteers is:

"And remember, if the Bishop doesn't back you up,

I will always have your back".

 

Webmaster: Ai-lien Mai

 

My name is Ai-lien Mai and I am the Webmaster of TAVA. This is my first year in this role but I have been a TAVA member since October 2015. I have worked in volunteer engagement for a year. My favourite TV Shows are Brooklyn 99 and Master of None; my favourite snacks are chips and pizza. The saying I always use when onboarding new volunteers is:

 

"Volunteering is a learning process for both the organization and the volunteer. As much as the volunteer learns from us, we also learn from them ".

 

 

Social Media Coordinator: Filothea (Fay) Knights

 

 

My name is Fay Knights and I am the Social Media Coordinator of TAVA. This is my first year in this role and my fourth year as a TAVA member. I have worked in the non-profit sector for 8 years, supporting events, education programs, volunteers, and currently marketing communications. My favourite movie is Ocean's 11; my favourite snack is guacamole and tortilla chips. The saying I always use when onboarding new volunteers is:

"Being here is one of the biggest steps, let's make sure we make it count."

 

 

Past President: Aleksandra Vasic

My name is Aleksandra Vasic and I am the Past President of TAVA. I have been a member of TAVA and have worked in volunteer engagement/management since 2007. Currently, my favourite movie is Boyhood and my favourite snack food is soy latte from Aroma (because of the small chocolate they give you with the coffee!). The saying I always use when onboarding new volunteers is:

 

"Looking for volunteer work can take as much time as looking for paid work, and you have to pursue multiple opportunities!"

 

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