TAVA Member Spotlight

Every year, over 80 Volunteer Engagement professionals from across the Greater Toronto Area join TAVA for professional development and networking. Whether they are new to the sector or veterans in the profession, all TAVA members have experiences, ideas, and resources to share.

Please check back to this page for new member spotlights.

If you are a member, and would like to be spotlighted, please connect with the President (contact information can be found by signing into the Members' Only Section).


Denise Smith

OrganizationThe LIFE Institute 

Role: Manager, Volunteer Services

Why TAVA? "Aside from the workshops that are provided, TAVA has created a community of like-minded people who are all willing to support each other."

"My advice to someone looking to take the next step is to be ready for an exciting, challenging, humorous, and rewarding experience."

Read Denise's full interview

Diana Church

Organization: Operation Smile Canada

Role: Director, Volunteer & Student Programs

Why TAVA? "The tools, resources and workshops available to us have been invaluable. Most importantly, TAVA makes it easy to connect with incredibly talented and passionate Volunteer Management professionals."

"I highly recommend connecting with other volunteer engagement professionals through TAVA and other associations for the nonprofit sector. Not only will you feel a sense of community but there is also a wealth of knowledge through experience that exists within these networks."

Read Diana's full interview 


Adriane Beaudry

Organization: Heart & Stroke Foundation

Role: Manager, Volunteer Engagement Strategy

Why TAVA? "Connecting with others in this sector is vital. Often we're the only ones in our organization that does what we do so having a strong network of colleagues to share resources, knowledge and learnings with is vital to helping ensure we grow as professionals."

"Never forget to keep having fun! We're so lucky to be in a profession where we get to open doors to make incredible impacts in the lives of others. That's a great responsibility but doesn't mean we need to be serious all the time."   

Read Adriane's full interview

Richard Steinecke

Organization: Oasis Dufferin Community Centre

Role: President and Board Chair

Why TAVA? "A colleague said that you are a valuable organization."

"Never give up on volunteers who are going through a difficult time. Simply being there for them when they are ready to return can result in restored relationships and valuable assistance"

Read Richard's full interview

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