TAVA Member Spotlight
Name: Andrea Field
Organization: Bata Shoe Museum
Role: Manager of Education and Volunteer Resources
Working in the Volunteer Engagement Sector for: 6 years
Been a part of TAVA since: September 2018
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The Bata Shoe Museum holds a sock drive each November called ‘Warm the Sole’. We ask visitors to donate new, unworn socks for those in our community that are in need (socks are the most needed but least donated item of clothing to homeless shelters). This year, I challenged our volunteers to contribute to the drive by collecting from their friends, family, neighbours, and co-workers. We had weekly draws and offered prizes for the three volunteers that donated the most socks. It was a great success, and we had a lot of fun while also building awareness and helping our community.
I’m most proud of the work that I have done to implement the Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement. I used the Code as a framework and adapted it to our organization. Volunteer Canada offers an online Code Audit tool that helped me assess our volunteer program and determine areas in need of improvement. Adopting the Code has helped our organization strengthen its capacity for engaging volunteers and improved volunteer retention.
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I enjoy long walks, cooking, visiting museums, and spending time with my family.