NOMINATIONS OPEN | Application Deadline: May 31, 2021

Each year, TAVA accepts nominations for our Innovation Award. This year, we’re looking to recognize and celebrate a Change Maker volunteer professional in our membership community who has met the needs of their organization, engaged their volunteers in new ways, or offered support to the greater community this past year.

Know someone great? Want to tell them so? Read on & apply, below!


    We’d like to recognize someone who is: 

      Visionary:  Do you know someone who has addressed a challenge in a new and innovative way?

    ✨   Shows Leadership:  Do you know someone who has shown extraordinary leadership in this time of change? Someone who has led with compassion, or has encouraged their team to rise to new challenges; developing new systems, programs or policies? 

    ✨  Makes an Impact:  Do you know someone who is moving the field of volunteer engagement forward? Someone who is thinking critically about volunteer engagement practices and leading the way for the new future of volunteerism. 

    Here’s What They’ll Receive:

    ✨ A complimentary TAVA membership for the following year (2022)

    ✨ A $50 donation to the charity of their choice

    ✨ A feature story on the TAVA website

    ✨ A letter of congratulations sent to their organization’s leadership (reminding them of the star they have in-house)

    ✨ The love, support and acknowledgment of the peers in their field!


       Nominees must be a TAVA member in good standing (i.e. has a current membership)

       The TAVA Innovation Award Winner from the previous year (2020) and current Members of the TAVA Executive are not eligible for nomination. (Self-nominations, and posthumous nominations are also not eligible)

    ✨ Apply using the online application form by MAY 31 2021

      We’ll present our deserving recipient with their award at the TAVA AGM on June 10, 2021. Hooray!


    Reach out to Holly Procktor, TAVA Awards and Bursary Chair at tavaawards@gmail.com


    Faiza Venzant (2020)

    Quotes from our nominators: 

    Jessica Pang-Parks: "From connecting us to speakers, facilitating sessions, coaching members to get certified, to sharing knowledge with us about how poverty affects our volunteer communities, Faiza has opened up so many possibilities for the membership with her leadership. Faiza is helping our profession as a whole move forward." 

    Marie John: "Faiza has proven to be a visionary over and over again by always challenging TAVA to look at way to improve."  

    Veronica Torres Deally“Faiza always makes me want to just do more! Her  work within the YMCA, her advocacy for all things volunteer engagement, her drive to get us all certified, and her new found passion work in poverty simulation has shown me that she is someone to keep looking up to! Thank you Faiza for all that you do for our community of volunteer leaders."  

    Ruth Pentinga (2019)

    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.”

    Christine Martin (2018)

    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.

    Each year, the following criteria is 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 following 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.

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