President: Veronica Deally
Veronica Torres Deally is the current TAVA President for the 2019-2020 year. 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.
Past President: Jessica Pang-Parks
Jessica Pang-Parks is a dynamic volunteer engagement professional who is passionate about facilitating engaging learning experiences. She has almost ten years of experience in the sector and is thrilled to serve as part of TAVA’s innovative and resourceful 2019-2020 executive committee as Past President. At the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Jessica works as Ontario’s Senior Specialist, Volunteer Engagement, providing coaching and subject matter expertise to employees at head office and in communities across the province. In her free time, Jessica enjoys reading, gardening, and trying new restaurants.
Co-Vice President & Awards and Bursary Chair: Norah O'Donnell
Norah has over seven years of experience in volunteer management in the arts sector. Having worked at a large public art gallery and currently 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 a super connector of people and an inquisitive nature. She is looking forward to stepping into the Vice President role and continuing to learning about how our membership will take advantage of our Bursary & Awards program.
Co-Vice President & Social Media Coordinator: 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 Co-Vice President and Social Media Coordinator!
Treasurer: Saskia Rinkoff
My name is Saskia Rinkoff and I am TAVA’s Treasurer. I am a member of Harbourfront Centre’s team as Manager, Volunteer Resources, Cultural Engagement. I had the great fortune to build volunteer management skills since 2007 while working in the arts & culture sector with TIFF, Luminato and imagineNATIVE, developing award winning volunteer programs. I’m passionate about the arts, travel and meeting new people. Volunteer Engagement appeals to my sense of social justice as it helps build community, tolerance and open mindedness when bringing a diverse group of individuals together.
Membership Chair: Iona Frost
As the Director of Non-Profit Engagement with Volunteer Toronto, Iona leads an enthusiastic team dedicated to supporting, educating and recognizing volunteer management professionals at non-profit organizations city-wide. Through strategic and collaborative partnership development in the sector, Iona is committed to ensuring Volunteer Toronto's services are accessible, 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, and is excited to join TAVA’s Executive Board as Membership Chair.
Program Co-Chair: Susan Endicott
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.