TAVA Member Spotlight
Name: Saskia Rinkoff
Organization: Harbourfront Centre
Role: Manager, Volunteer Resources
Working in the Volunteer Engagement Sector for: 10+ years
TAVA member since: 2014. However, I haven't always been able to take advantage of everything that TAVA has to offer. My new year’s resolution is to do better and attend as many meetings and workshops as possible.
"My advice would be to self-reflect, identify where your knowledge gaps are, and tackle them using different approaches"
It is always informative and inspiring to hear fellow Volunteer Engagement Professionals talk about their experiences in the sector and how they tackle challenges. For instance, it is interesting to me to learn more about how volunteer screening and onboarding processes in the Social Services or Health Sector operate, because they may differ from the arts world, yet offer transferable ideas.
Once a first outline of the PowerPoint presentation has been drafted, my family has the great pleasure - or not - to act as a first test audience and provide me with valuable feedback. They may have to sit through multiple sessions before I move on and present a revised copy to colleagues at work. It is my experience that the more familiar I am with the content, the easier it gets to present.
In my spare time, I enjoy the outdoors, cooking for friends and family, attending diverse cultural events in the city, playing the piano and reading.