TAVA is a 100% volunteer run organization. We currently have the following roles vacant. 

  • Marketing & Communication Co-Chair (with AGM and Awards Focus) 

Benefits/Impact of Getting Involved:

● Support TAVA and help make decisions on how the Association operates

● Interact with and support fellow volunteer engagement professionals

● Compliment your resume with Executive involvement

● Further develop your administrative, customer service, and organizational skills

● Work with a team of dedicated, like-minded individuals on the Executive

If you're interested, be in touch at presidenttava@gmail.com


President: Norah O'Donnell

Norah is the current TAVA President for the 2020-2021 year. She has also served as Co-Vice President and Awards & Bursary Chair. Norah has over ten years of experience in volunteer management in the arts sector and is a super connector of people. Having worked at a large public art gallery and at Young People's Theatre she has been able to experience first-hand how arts and culture enrich our lives and create strong communities. She is looking forward to connecting with new and returning membership as we connect virtually this year! 

Past President: Veronica Torres Deally

Veronica has served on the TAVA Executive before as a Program Chair. Working in healthcare at the University Health Network has allowed her to work across many sites in the GTA and learn about people’s motivations to volunteer.  In her new role as a Project Coordinator in Volunteer Resources, she now has the capacity to promote the great work volunteers do through statistical and annual reports.  Veronica was the inaugural recipient of the PAVRO Young Leaders Award.  With her 7+ years in the volunteering sector, she hopes to share her project management skills and experience with our TAVA community.  A self-proclaimed people-person, Veronica is always looking for new and exciting ways to learn and grow, both professionally and personally, and enjoys volunteering her time to organizations that speak to her values.  She looks forward to meeting and making connections with our TAVA members.

Vice President: Donnett Bailey

Donnett has over 18 years of experience engaging volunteers nationally, provincially and locally.  During that time she has observed how the practice of volunteer management has become more complex, with voluntary organizations stepping in to address most of the multifaceted issues ailing society! Donnett believes that TAVA is well positioned to support volunteer engagement professionals through this. And, she appreciates the value that TAVA’s professional development opportunities, advocacy and networking adds to her role as a Volunteer Resources Coordinator at Yonge Street Mission! She is excited to support TAVA’s Executive Board as their Vice President!

Treasurer: Nada Johnson

Photo and Bio To Come! 

Membership Chair: Andrea Field

Photo and Bio To Come! 

Marketing and Communications Chair: Iona Frost

As the Director of Programs with Volunteer Toronto, Iona leads the strategic direction of Volunteer Toronto's programs and services. She oversees stakeholder relations and partnership development, with a focus on increasing volunteer engagement capacity city-wide. Iona leads a skilled and enthusiastic team dedicated to ensuring Volunteer Toronto's services are inclusive, engaging, practical and relevant.

Driven by her passion to support organizations that create positive and meaningful change, Iona has worked on behalf of artists, women, newcomers and youth. A long-time and avid volunteer, she is a "Go Girls!" Program Leader and In School Mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto. She joined TAVA’s Executive Board in 2019 as the Membership Chair, and is excited to embark on her second term as the Marketing & Communications Chair

Program Co-Chair: Susan Endicott

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Program Co-Chair: Marie John

Marie John is my name and I am a super duper star. I am in my second year of a two year term as Program Co-Chair with TAVA. Being a member of TAVA for over 10  years and in volunteer management for over 12 years has given me the opportunity to meet inspiring individuals. I love being active which enables my body not to show the LOVE that I have for Jerk Chicken. When onboarding volunteers, I do let them know that volunteering should be a benefit to the volunteer and the organization, not just the organization.

Secretary: Carolyn Smith

Carolyn has been working in the management of volunteer resources for more than 30 years.  Her career began as Coordinator, District Volunteer Services with CNIB and lead her to a role as Director, Community Leadership Resources with United Way until she moved to Nova Scotia.  During her 10 years spent in Nova Scotia she was dedicated to tourism development in a rural fishing community.  Carolyn returned to Toronto and following a health crisis joined Better Living Health and Community Services in 2017 as Supervisor, Volunteer Services. 

Carolyn is a past president of YRAVA, DRAVA and of PAVRO.  She has extensive experience training and facilitating groups, in organizational and community development.  She enjoys writing, spiritual growth and discovery, life-long learning, travelling and creative arts, as well as the company of her 15 year Cocker Spaniel, Sadie.  Carolyn’s major role today is that of primary caregiver.  

Webmaster: Diane Janzen

Diane has over 10 years experience working and volunteering in the non-profit sector in Canada and internationally.  Currently the Volunteer Coordinator at The Stop Community Food Centre she enjoys supporting their amazing volunteers!  Relatively new to TAVA, Diane hopes to share her skills in website maintenance and increase ways for members to share resources and information online.

Awards & Bursary Chair: Holly Procktor

Holly is new to the TAVA Executive this year, and is excited to be joining as Awards and Bursary Chair, alongside this talented team of volunteer management professionals and kindred-spirits. A forever optimist and people person, Holly loves supporting volunteers at the Art Gallery of Ontario, a dream role for this artist-by-night. Passion projects include finding innovative and meaningful ways to recognize volunteers, beyond years of service. You can read more about Holly in this Canada150 Profile published by the Philanthropist. 

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