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Community Profiles: Volunteers and Sector Leaders in Toronto

It takes the dedication of volunteers, volunteer managers, and community partners to build a thriving and engaged community. We're proud to feature six key players in the volunteerism space that have impacted our programs in 2019-2020 or have led the evolution of volunteer engagement in response to COVID-19.

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Samah Abdelaziz: Superstar Volunteer Advisor Helps Team Go Virtual 

When the pandemic hit, it was Samah who stepped up to support Volunteer Toronto's entire Advisor team as we shifted to remote services. 

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Dawn Ashford: PPE and Essential Goods Delivery Volunteer Program

Watch to see how Dawn, Volunteer Coordinator for VHA Home Healthcare, has engaged volunteers to meet new COVID-19 needs in the community.

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Ryan Singh: Harnessing Youth Volunteers to Run a Virtual Drama School

Young People’s Theatre has 40 active volunteers, a large percentage of whom are youth under 18. By engaging them in new virtual programs, such as their Virtual Online Drama School, YPT is still providing robust opportunities to learn and grow. 

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Sylvia Bergmann: Meals on Wheels Deliveries for Isolated Torontonians

Watch to see how Sylvia, Volunteer Coordinator for TransCare Community Support Services, has continued to engage volunteers for food deliveries that reach seniors and others isolating during the pandemic.

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Lindy Kinoshameg: More Meaningful Land Acknowledgements

Hear from Lindy Kinoshameg, a proud Odawa from the Pike clan, as he hosts a virtual land acknowledgement session for volunteer managers attending our 2020 Game Changers conference.

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Nino Vakhtangishvili: Volunteer Ambassador Helps Newcomers 

Nino, who was once a newcomer from Ukraine, delivers presentations at Toronto Public Library branches on the benefits of volunteering as a newcomer or jobseeker and the steps to getting involved.

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