Thank you for a fantastic 2018-2019 Program Year!

Please note that TAVA meetings and workshops are on break in July and August. We look forward to seeing you on September 12, 2019 for Maggie DiStassi's workshop on "The Mindful Leader: Making the Shift from Reactive to Responsive one Moment at a Time". Check back in July to register for this event and other autumn 2019 workshops.

Memberships can be renewed at any time of year; renew or join now to take advantage of TAVA's many member benefits!


Nomination for the 2020 Innovation Award will open in spring 2020. The Innovation Award is presented annually at the TAVA AGM in June.

The following criteria will be considered when selecting the TAVA Innovation Award recipient:


Visionary | Individual addresses a challenge in the volunteer engagement sector or in their work as a volunteer engagement professional. Actions are perceived as influential, and they question, observe, network, and experiment beyond the obvious.


Leadership | Individual fosters innovation by creating conditions that enable their team, community or other professionals in the sector to challenge and/or create unique systems, programs or policies.


Impact | Individual develops, advances, or uses innovative volunteer engagement practices to meet the needs of the sector and/or moves the field of volunteer engagement forward. There may be a measurable benefit.


The Award

The successful recipient will receive:

  • Complimentary TAVA membership for the 2019-2020 year.

  • A personal letter of congratulations sent to the recipient’s organization to inform them of the achievement.

  • $50 donation to the charity of award recipient’s choice.

Ruth Pentinga, 2019 Innovation Award Winner

Quotes from our nominators:

Christine Martin (Evergreen): “Ruth leads by example. The volunteer program she has forged at YSM is a model for us all- one that is open and welcoming, while rooted in its foundations.”

Donnett Bailey (Volunteer Resources Coordinator, Yonge Street Mission): “Ruth is constantly mentoring new volunteer engagement professionals and is regularly working across agencies to support her peers.”

Faiza Venzant (YMCA of Greater Toronto): “Empowering presence without intending to be. Look to her to ask the tough questions, challenge stereotypes, question assumptions…”

Sandy Debeaupre(Volunteer, Yonge Street Mission): The epitome of the influence of a loving human soul on another. I am privileged to have Ruth as a very positive influence in my life.”

Joel Klassen (Community Capacity Builder, Yonge Street Mission): “A curious mind and provides a great example of someone who is continually striving to act on our responsibilities as citizens within society.”

Christine Martin, 2018 Innovation Award Winner

Christine Martin has been an example for all of us working in the volunteer engagement field. Her innovative approach using Liberating Structures to facilitate professional development sets new standards and inspires other TAVA members. At TAVA meetings, new and seasoned members listen closely to observe her methods and learn from her example.

TAVA is very proud to have Christine as a member and thrilled to have her as the inaugural recipient of this special award.

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