Thank you for a fantastic 2018-2019 Program Year!

Please note that TAVA meetings and workshops are on break in July and August. We look forward to seeing you on September 12, 2019 for Maggie DiStassi's workshop on "The Mindful Leader: Making the Shift from Reactive to Responsive one Moment at a Time". 

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TAVA Member Spotlight


Name: Ramla Abukar

OrganizationCNIB Foundation

Role: Coordinator, Advocacy and Community Engagement (GTA)

Working in the Volunteer Engagement Sector for: almost 8 months

Been a part of TAVA for: 6 months


"My experience with TAVA has been very positive thus far and knowing I am able to connect with other TAVA members for support with volunteer engagement issues puts me at ease."

As someone who is newer to the Volunteer Engagement sector, how does TAVA help you?

I have learned TAVA from a colleague who recommended me to go to a TAVA workshop.  I was new to the volunteer engagement sector and I am so glad she told me about TAVA! The resources and knowledge I gained from the very few workshops I attended  are incredibly useful. There isn’t a TAVA workshop that I attended that I haven’t learned something new from! I'm able to apply my new knowledge in engaging with the volunteers I oversee.

My experience with TAVA has been very positive thus far and knowing I am able to connect with other TAVA members for support with volunteer engagement issues puts me at ease. It is amazing how TAVA members, especially the President and Vice President, have been accommodating to my vision loss, inclusive with the activities we do and providing me with accessible materials. It's great that they're always working to better accommodate my sight loss. 


What motivated you to enter Volunteer Engagement as a profession?

It was an opportunity that came my way and I pursued the position.

In your opinion, what is the biggest challenge to working in Volunteer Engagement?

I think the biggest challenge is communication. It is important to have really good communication skills in a volunteer engagement role.

If you could travel back in time to one year ago, what Volunteer Engagement advice would you give yourself?

I am not sure. I didn’t even think that I would be doing this role a year ago.

When you're not working, how do you like to spend your time?

I like to spend time with family, friends, read, play games or listen to podcasts.

Published: March 2019
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