Extra Event - October 23rd - Volunteer Management Hybrid Conference - "The Future is Now"
Updated November event - join us on November 14th to hear from Shannon Leahy on how to use story telling to demonstrate the value and impact volunteers are making in your organization and community!
TAVA Member Spotlight
Name: Heather Johnson
Organization: Canadian Cancer Society
Role: Senior Coordinator, Volunteer Engagement
Working in the Volunteer Engagement Sector for: 17 years
Been a part of TAVA for: 5 years
Heather has volunteered on the TAVA Executive Committee for a number of years, first as Secretary, then as President and Past President. Thank you Heather for your service and dedication to our professional community!
"Be a volunteer yourself (with an organization not your own) so you can see things better through the eyes of a volunteer and invest in your professional development annually."
TAVA links me with other volunteer engagement professionals across the city, many of who work in very different sectors than I work in/ have worked in. Through TAVA I have grown as a professional and as a person through regular contact with friends and colleagues.
The biggest challenge is the myriad of opportunities to engage people in volunteering. Volunteer Engagement entails so many factors: it is helping someone learn new skills; it is developing skills and qualities in people by giving them a vehicle through which they can grow; it is witnessing the building of community through people helping people; it is intergenerational and intercultural connections built around common goals; it is all these things and more.
Be a volunteer yourself (with an organization not your own) so you can see things better through the eyes of a volunteer and invest in your professional development annually. Become a member of your local AVA; take an on-line course; join your local Chamber of Commerce or BIA and find a mentor; or ask your closest non-profit/charitable organization for a meeting to learn how they do things.
I am an enthusiastic and completely novice gardener who enjoys playing in the dirt; an avid baseball fan (Go Jays Go!) and a lover of history, architecture, William Morris, and poking around my local museums and art galleries.