Workshop Location for 2018-2019:
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 2018-2019:     
  • 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, January 10, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • The Yonge Street Mission (Classroom B)

    “Networking can be intimidating, whether you're introverted, have social anxiety, or just simply don't enjoy meeting new people. Being able to network and build new relationships is an important professional and life skill for success.”- Business Insider article by Jamie Kravitz

    TAVA’s annual Give & Get is an event where “networking” is reframed. Join us to share your experiences and insights as a volunteer engagement professional, and learn from other passionate individuals in the field. As a community, we are stronger together.

    You will come away from this fun event with:

    • New professional connections
    • Tools, ideas and resources for your professional toolkit
    • And, renewed energy to bring back to your organization

    Historically, the Give & Get is TAVA’s most-attended meeting/ workshop. We look forward to having you attend!

    *Please note: this event is free for non-members of TAVA ($10 non-member fee applies to other workshops). Unsure about joining or renewing? This is your opportunity to get to know us better! Members, please bring a friend!

    Thank You Volunteer Facilitators!

    Thank you to Tracy Ford, Christine Martin, and Adriane Beaudry for facilitating this year's Give & Get activities! Members like you keep the TAVA community thriving!


    • Thursday, February 07, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • YMCA Central Toronto (20 Grosvenor Street)
    • 145

    #TAVAMissionPossible Conference will feature an amazing lineup of speakers who will help us redefine what is possible across the volunteer sector. Visit the 2019 Conference Page to view conference sessions and speaker profiles.

    Early Bird Registration ends on January 15, 2019. 

    Register NOW to save!

    Early Bird Pricing: $60 Members, $80 Non-Members

    Regular Pricing: $80 Members, $100 Non-Members

    Upon registration, conference registrants will receive an email survey to identify any dietary restrictions and accessibility needs. 

    Please invite your colleagues to join us for this incredible professional development and networking opportunity. 

    Looking forward to seeing you at Conference!

    If paying Conference fees by cheque, please ensure it is payable to TAVA or Toronto Association of Volunteer Administration

    Send cheques to:

    Nadia Sayeh
    7 St. Dennis Drive, Apt #1111
    North York, ON M3C 1E4

    • Thursday, March 07, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • The Yonge Street Mission (Classroom B)

    Gary MacDonald brings 40+ years of experience in non-profit leadership and is known for his ability to inspire and motivate clients to achieve excellence in their own work and enhance the performance of their organizations.

    Gary is a dynamic facilitator with extensive proficiency developing communication and leadership competency skills with individuals and groups. In partnership with Loyalist College Training and Knowledge Centre, Gary co-designed and delivered training for 38 graduates of the "Non-Profit Leadership Certificate Program." 

    In 6 Habits of Highly Effective Leaders and Teams you will learn: 

    • Self- awareness of ways that we interact with people that either drives engagement (Hope) or leads to disengagement (Fear).
    • Language to use to lead in 3 directions. Those you supervise, peers and managing up.
    • Ability to identify and unpack our assumptions around people actions and attitudes

    Gary loves three things: his wife & family, non- profits, and movie theatre popcorn (with real butter). Gary is Founder & CEO of Clearview Training & Consulting Inc. in Stirling, Ontario. Gary also serves as Allied Counsel with KMA Consultants in Toronto and is a Facilitator at Loyalist Training and Knowledge Centre in BellevilleCheck out his website at

    • Thursday, April 11, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • The Yonge Street Mission (Classroom B)

    Lianne Picot is a self-described leadership and story obsessive that helps new & aspiring leaders to become INSPIRING leaders. Lianne has worked in the nonprofit sectors in the UK, Ireland and Canada for over 25 years as a practitioner, Executive Director and CEO. Lianne has deep experience in volunteering and has led several volunteer centres as well as a national organization focused on youth action.

    She is now a Certified Executive Coach and Part-time Instructor at The Chang School, Ryerson University, teaching in the areas of leadership and organizational effectiveness. Lianne is currently finishing her Master's in Education at OISE, University of Toronto with a focus on Adult Education and Workplace Learning. Lianne is also the creator of ‘The Leadership Leap’, an online leadership course that helps new & aspiring leaders to become inspiring leaders so they can increase their influence and have more impact. 

    In The Art of Listening you will learn:

    • Better understanding of emotional intelligence
    • Better understanding of social intelligence
    • Increased ability to listen deeply
    Connect with Lianne find out more about her services at or

    • Thursday, May 09, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • The Yonge Street Mission (Classroom B)

    Please check back to this page for more workshop details and learning outcomes.

    Don't miss out on your opportunity to learn from Rob Jackson, an international leader, author, and trainer in the volunteer engagement field - Register now!

    Rob Jackson has worked in the volunteering movement for more than two decades, during which time he has led and managed volunteers and volunteer programmes in education, advice, fundraising and children’s services settings at local, regional and national levels.

    Rob worked for Volunteering England for six years, most of which he spent as Director of Development and Innovation. Rob successfully generated over £3million of income, led a merger with Student Volunteering England and oversaw the delivery of a number of strategic development projects in the volunteering field. Rob also provided the secretariat to the ground breaking Volunteer Rights Inquiry.

    As well as his expertise in volunteerism, Rob has strong links with the fundraising world. He spent six years as a member of the Institute of Fundraising’s Standards Committee and chaired the Institute’s working party which developed the UK’s first code of good practice on volunteer fundraising.

    In 2011 Rob established Rob Jackson Consulting Ltd and now provides consultancy, public speaking and training services on a range of topics, with strategic volunteer engagement remaining at the core of his work. Rob works with clients large and small in the UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and North America.

    Rob continues to write extensively for the field. He co-authored the 2012 publication The Complete Volunteer Management Handbook, has his own blog and writes a monthly “Voice Of Volunteering” column for Third Sector Magazine online.

    In 2015 Rob co-authored “From The Top Down - UK edition” with respected American author and consultant, Susan J Ellis. The book is the only one of it’s kind aimed at senior managers in Volunteer Involving Organisations to help them understand their key strategic roles in effective volunteer engagement.

    Rob is an active volunteer, having previously served as chair of governors at a large Lincolnshire primary school. He is the founder and moderator of UKVPMs, the first email networking resource for UK based Volunteer Programme Managers and as a member of the editorial team for, an international journal on volunteering issues.

Past events

Thursday, November 08, 2018 November 2018 Business Meeting & Workshop- Volunteer Communications: Let's Get Digital!
Thursday, October 11, 2018 October 2018 Business Meeting & Workshop- Queery-ing inclusion through Pride IN Volunteering
Thursday, September 13, 2018 September 2018 Business Meeting & Workshop- HANDING OVER THE BATON: Planning Successful Volunteer Leader Transitions
Thursday, June 14, 2018 TAVA Annual General Meeting
Thursday, May 10, 2018 TAVA Business Meeting & Workshop: Workplace Communications- How to Speak & Engage with Confidence
Thursday, April 12, 2018 TAVA Business Meeting & Workshop: Developing a Standard of Inclusivity: From Policy to Community
Thursday, March 08, 2018 TAVA Business Meeting & Workshop: The Glass (half) Full! A Workshop that Promotes Intentionality, Positivity, Proactivity, and Success!
Thursday, February 08, 2018 2018 Conference: Accessibility in Volunteering - Understanding and Accommodating
Thursday, January 11, 2018 January 11, 2018: Annual "Give & Get" Business Meeting & Workshop
Thursday, November 09, 2017 Appreciation to Volunteers - How, Why and Where to Begin.
Thursday, October 12, 2017 Teams and “Teaming” – Enabling Collaboration
Thursday, September 14, 2017 TAVA Business Meeting & Workshop
Thursday, June 08, 2017 2017 AGM & Building a Culture of Volunteerism and Philanthropy Workshop: June 8, 2017
Thursday, May 11, 2017 Member Discussion Panel - Volunteer Management Systems
Thursday, April 13, 2017 Project Management - A Crash Course
Thursday, March 09, 2017 Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and Volunteers
Wednesday, March 01, 2017 Outstanding Fee's for TAVA Conference
Thursday, February 09, 2017 TAVA Annual Conference - Emerging Trends in Volunteer Engagement
Thursday, January 12, 2017 GIVE and GET
Thursday, November 10, 2016 More than Volunteer Management: Be a better leader!
Thursday, October 13, 2016 Design Thinking Tools for Volunteer Engagement
Thursday, September 08, 2016 TAVA Meeting - Volunteers, Policies and the Law
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