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, March 08, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • The Yonge Street Mission (Classroom B)

    This dynamic workshop, facilitated by 17-year TAVA Veteran and Past-President Ruth Pentinga, will support participants with moving towards a glass full (rather than half full OR half empty). 

    Participants will learn to reinforce their successes and abilities through a Solutions and Asset-based approach, and renew and review their sense of Power, Hope and Worth to equip them for even more success.

    As a celebration of International Women’s Day, this workshop will also explore volunteer engagement as a women-dominated field and address the question: is there anyone missing?

    Ruth Pentinga has worked in the field of volunteer management for over 17 years in both community-based and national programs. For 11 years Ruth has been Director of Volunteer Resources with Yonge Street Mission. There she leads the awesome Volunteer Resources team that engages 3700 volunteers annually. Ruth holds an: Honours BA in Women’s Studies & Sociology, Graphic Design Diploma, Fundamentals in Volunteer Management Certificate, and Practical Management Strategies Certificate. In addition, she is currently at U of T finishing up her Masters of Theological Studies and is also attending George Brown in the Editing Certificate program. As a 17-year veteran of TAVA Ruth has been President as well as Past-President, Secretary and Webmaster. Ruth knows full well that the voluntary sector is full of abundance and scarcity but also joy, surprises, hope and real challenge. At this March TAVA workshop, which also happens to fall on International Women’s Day, let’s: celebrate and acknowledge issues, frustrations and concerns, look beyond these and affirm our roles, reinforce our giftings, promote an attitude of gratitude, and share tips for navigating the waters of volunteer management to capture success!

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

    Lisa Robinson (Program Developer, Placement Support at Volunteer Toronto) will provide participants with a strong understanding of Diversity and Inclusivity Policies and how to build them for their non-profit organizations and volunteer programs.

    Lisa's approach includes understanding the policy as a living document that evolves with the organization, its needs, and its stakeholders (including volunteers).

    Participants will learn the key components of a Diversity and Inclusivity Policy and how to establish or update one for their organizations or programs. As well, they will learn how a great Diversity and Inclusivity Policy addresses barriers to volunteering.

    Headshot of Lisa RobinsonLisa is a recent MSW graduate of the University of Toronto, specializing in Non-profit Management and Leadership, who has extensive experience in engaging marginalized communities in research and programming. As a previous non-profit volunteer manager and volunteer herself, she has experienced the benefits and challenges that accompany the volunteer experience.

    • 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
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • The Yonge Street Mission (Classroom A&B)

    More information to come. 

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