Workshop Time for 2017-2018:
All workshops will take place on the second Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Workshop Location for 2017-2018:
The Yonge Street Mission 
306 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON, M5A 2G7
Workshops will be held in Classrooms A or B (Please check workshop details for more information)
Workshop Cost for 2017-2018:    
  • Monthly workshops: Free for members!  $10 fee for non-members (guests)
  • Full Day Conference (February):  early bird pricing is $60 for members, $80 for non-members (includes lunch)
  • AGM (June): There is a $10 fee for non-members and guests (includes lunch)

Upcoming events

    • Thursday, May 10, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • The Yonge Street Mission (Classroom B)

    Join us to learn how to communicate more effectively and confidently at all levels of business, on any topic! This workshop will help you build confidence and improve workplace communications skills through:

    • Understanding the importance of the “circle of control” concept, which includes how to tap into your confidence and thrive in stressful situations.
    • Working through the “I AM” exercise to find your power (confidence). We will explore who “I AM” in regards to your organization, your position, and how you add value. We will also explore who “I AM” as a whole and the qualities and values you choose to focus and expand on. 

    Stephanie Mentiplay is a Human Resources Consultant with over 10 years of experience across the not-for-profit sector and in private organisations. Having studied in Human Resources, Business and Behavioural Studies/Psychology, she has moved through a range of HR functions from recruitment, international mobility, business partnering & strategy and safety & communications. Stephanie has expertise in providing strategy and advice within organisations to employees across all levels of business in regards to communication, employee engagement, performance management, change management and organisational development.  Having a more recent focus on the importance of individuals finding their passion, their value and their excitement for life and their work, Stephanie has been assisting others to find ways to build their confidence to communicate more clearly and effectively.

    • Thursday, June 14, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • The Yonge Street Mission (Classroom A&B)

    Join us for TAVA's Annual General Meeting on June 14, 2018.
    This will be our final meeting of the 2017-2018 program year.

    Event Schedule

    9am-10am Catered Networking Breakfast 

    10am-10:30am Annual General Meeting

    10:30am- 12pm Professional Development 

    Event Details

    Professional Development features:

    A Reading Discussion on the "Top 10 Ideas in Volunteer Engagement for 2018" ebook, compiled and edited by Erin Spink- founder of spinktank. Erin, an internationally-recognized thought leader in Volunteer Engagement and Past-President of PAVRO, will join us to provide an overview of and insight into this forward-thinking book. To learn more about Erin and her work, visit the Special Guest section below.

    The "Top 10 Ideas in Volunteer Engagement for 2018" ebook can be downloaded for free at spinktank.caOur Reading Discussion will focus on four ideas:

    • Data-Informed Volunteer Engagement
    • Do You Belong to a Nonprofit Dream Team?
    • Building Capacity Through Volunteer Leadership Roles
    • Avoiding Burnout
    Bring your questions, stories, experiences, and observations! We look forward to learning with you! 

    Annual General Meeting includes:

    • Reviewing highlights from the 2017-2018 program year
    • Presenting the inaugural Inspiration by Innovation Award
    • Recognizing outgoing TAVA Executives
    • Confirming incoming TAVA Executives
    • Reviewing and accepting the updated TAVA Organizational Framework
    Special Guest: Erin Spink

    Over the past 20 years, Erin Spink has been passionately involved as a volunteer, advocate, and employee in the social profit sector, focusing exclusively in volunteer engagement. In 2008, Spink completed an M.A. (Leadership), submitting a major research project which was the first-ever academic work to quantify the concept of “volunteer engagement”. 

    For almost a decade she has been an Instructor with Conestoga College and was one of the inaugural instructors for the CSAE’s Foundations of Association Operations at Seneca College. Spink’s academic and thought-leadership work has been published in both Canadian and international journals and she is a requested speaker and trainer. In 2010, she was fortunate to be selected as an Action Canada Fellow, one of only 17 young Canadians chosen. 

    She had the honour of serving on the Board of Directors for PAVRO (Professional Administrators of Volunteer Resources – Ontario) for five years, including two years as President, during which she led the association to grow its membership levels, build an operating reserve and sit at key decision-making tables including presenting on behalf of the sector to the Minister for Economic Development.  Erin currently volunteers as the Training Designs Editor for e-Volunteerism, the premiere journal for Volunteer Engagement practitioners. Recently, Erin was recognized with the 2017 recipient of the Linda Buchanan Outstanding Leader of Volunteers- Ontario award for her contributions to the profession.

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