TAVA Member Spotlight




Every year, over 80 Volunteer Engagement professionals from across the Greater Toronto Area join TAVA for professional development and networking. Whether they are new to the sector or veterans in the profession, all TAVA members have experiences, ideas, and resources to share.

Please check back to this page for new member spotlights.

If you are a member, and would like to be spotlighted, please connect with the President (contact information can be found by signing into the Members' Only Section).

FEBRUARY/ MARCH 2019

Christine Callender

Organization: The Scott Mission

Why TAVA? "I saw the menagerie of offered workshops and resources ... all excellent, fabulous, and highly beneficial to maintain a successful volunteer program."

"I recommend using regular check-ins to ensure that volunteers are still in a ‘happy place’. "

Read Christine's full interview 
Andrea Field

Organization: Bata Shoe Museum

Role: Manager of Education and Volunteer Resources

Why TAVA? "It’s a great opportunity to develop and maintain connections with individuals from a diverse range of organizations. Although I’m a new member, I have already benefited from the exchange of ideas and resources."

"Find a mentor! Mentors allow you to tap into a wealth of knowledge and experience. They can connect you with others in the profession, help build confidence, and encourage personal and professional growth."

Read Andrea's full interview 

JANUARY/ FEBRUARY 2019

Mimi Lee

Thank you Mimi for volunteering on TAVA's 2018-2019 Conference Committee with Christopher Boyle and Hilary Kellam! 

Organization: North York Seniors Centre

Role: HR Coordinator

What are you most excited about for the #TAVAMissionPossible Conference? "We have an amazing line-up of speakers. Four to be exact! We will get to share ideas, learn from each other, and enrich our learning in this dynamic field."

"TAVA brings awareness for members to see the importance of our profession. It's also a great way to network with a diverse group of volunteer engagement professionals."

Read Mimi's full interview

Saskia Rinkoff

Saskia will be a Speaker at TAVA's 2018-2019 Conference!

Organization: Harbourfront Centre

Role: Manager, Volunteer Resources

What are you most excited about for the #TAVAMissionPossible Conference? "I look forward to reconnecting with colleagues I haven’t seen in a while, and the chance to expand my horizons and network.

"My advice would be to self-reflect, identify where your knowledge gaps are, and tackle them using different approaches"

Read Saskia's full interview


DECEMBER 2018/ JANUARY 2019

Hilary Kellam

Thank you Hilary for volunteering on TAVA's 2018-2019 Conference Committee with Christopher Boyle and Mimi Lee! 

OrganizationOperation Smile Canada

RoleCoordinator, Volunteer & Student Programs

What are you most excited about for the #TAVAMissionPossible Conference? "I am looking forward to witnessing our theme, Mission:Possible, come to life as we listen to our AMAZING Speakers, connect with one another and share our stories."

"Through TAVA, my passion for working in the volunteer sector has expanded."

Read Hilary's full interview 



Christopher Boyle


Thank you Christopher for volunteering on TAVA's 2018-2019 Conference Committee with Hilary Kellam and Mimi Lee! 

Organization: Evergreen

Role: Coordinator- Volunteer Engagement

What are you most excited about for the #TAVAMissionPossible Conference? "I'm really looking forward to hearing inspiring stories from presenters, and attendees, about how they were able to redefine challenging situations into stories of success and innovation."

"Each time TAVA gathers, I am inspired by the diverse scope of experience, unique perspectives, and dedication to making a difference, that we collectively share."

Read Christopher's full interview 


NOVEMBER/ DECEMBER 2018

Lori O'Neill

Organization: Distress Centres of Toronto

Role: Volunteer Coordinator

Why TAVA? "I learn valuable things from TAVA, which I sometimes use in my career or my own volunteer work. Even one "nugget" from a workshop can be worth the time it takes to attend."

"Be open to change. Question those new ideas, procedures, policies, etc., but don't resist them just because they're new. As I learned in a TAVA workshop, most change is uncomfortable at first, yet so much can be gained by giving yourself time to adjust."

Read Lori's full interview 


Ambrose Fan

Organization: Shelter Movers of Toronto

Role: Volunteer Services Administrator

Why TAVA? "It gives me access to workshops and opportunities to network. The first workshop I attended was about safer spaces and meaningful inclusion for 2SLGBTQ+ volunteers. I took away some great tips, and was really impressed with the expertise of the TAVA membership."

"Volunteering isn’t just something nice people do in their spare time. This is a workforce. Volunteers may be unpaid, but they are ‘real’ workers for a simple reason: their work is real. And their needs and rights are real."

Read Ambrose's full interview 

OCTOBER/ NOVEMBER 2018

Denise Smith


OrganizationThe LIFE Institute 

Role: Manager, Volunteer Services

Why TAVA? "Aside from the workshops that are provided, TAVA has created a community of like-minded people who are all willing to support each other."

"My advice to someone looking to take the next step is to be ready for an exciting, challenging, humorous, and rewarding experience."

Read Denise's full interview



Diana Church


Organization: Operation Smile Canada

Role: Director, Volunteer & Student Programs

Why TAVA? "The tools, resources and workshops available to us have been invaluable. Most importantly, TAVA makes it easy to connect with incredibly talented and passionate Volunteer Management professionals."

"I highly recommend connecting with other volunteer engagement professionals through TAVA and other associations for the nonprofit sector. Not only will you feel a sense of community but there is also a wealth of knowledge through experience that exists within these networks."

Read Diana's full interview 

SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2018

Adriane Beaudry

Organization: Heart & Stroke Foundation

Role: Manager, Volunteer Engagement Strategy

Why TAVA? "Connecting with others in this sector is vital. Often we're the only ones in our organization that does what we do so having a strong network of colleagues to share resources, knowledge and learnings with is vital to helping ensure we grow as professionals."

"Never forget to keep having fun! We're so lucky to be in a profession where we get to open doors to make incredible impacts in the lives of others. That's a great responsibility but doesn't mean we need to be serious all the time."   

Read Adriane's full interview

Richard Steinecke

Organization: Oasis Dufferin Community Centre

Role: President and Board Chair

Why TAVA? "A colleague said that you are a valuable organization."

"Never give up on volunteers who are going through a difficult time. Simply being there for them when they are ready to return can result in restored relationships and valuable assistance"

Read Richard's full interview

 
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