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2023 Conference

  • Thursday, February 09, 2023
  • 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Zoom


  • TAVA Members and Volunteer Toronto Subscribers please login with your email address and password in order to get access to Member Pricing.
  • For our speakers, bursary recipients & other special guests.
  • For Attendees Connected to Volunteer Centers and other networks

Registration is closed


Volunteer Toronto and TAVA are proud to partner for our 2023 Conference, our 4th annual joint conference to educate, connect and support volunteer engagement  professionals. 

Join us virtually on Thursday, February 9th from 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM EST.  

This conference will serve as a much-needed space for volunteer engagement professionals to learn, share and walk away energized and equipped with new ideas for their volunteer management tool box! And, of course, there will be PRIZES!!!

Spots are limited. Sign up to register below. Follow our social media (@TAVAMembership and @VolunteerTO) to stay up to date. 


 9:30 Welcome Address

Francine Negre Laroche,       

TAVA, Vice President
Cara Eaton,                         

Volunteer Toronto, Interim Executive Director


Conference Introduction & Land Acknowledgement


Workshop: Seeds of Compassionate Communication - Session 1

Natalie Abdou, 
Bloom Consulting
 10:55 BREAK  
 11:10 Workshop: Seeds of Compassionate Communication - Session 2

Natalie Abdou, 
Bloom Consulting

 11:50 Workshop: Wrap-up & Reflection Natalie Abdou, 
Bloom Consulting
 12:05 BREAK  
 12:15  Workshop: From Harming To Helping - How Language Shapes Service

Breauna Dorelus,
Connecting The Cause


Closing Address



  • TAVA Members OR Volunteer Toronto Subscribers – $30  

  • Non-Members/Subscribers – $45  

NOTE: Membership must be current at the time of registration to register at Member rates. 


  • An exclusive invitation to join us for our Virtual Conference  

  • Access to the recorded talks and session handouts after the conference  

  • Many prizes to be won!


Our 2023 Conference will be held virtually via Zoom. A link will be sent upon registration, and will be provided again in reminder emails. If you have questions or issues connecting, email us at Breakout room instructions will be provided at the Conference and in a downloadable handout shortly before the event.


  • Registration Changes: To make changes in your registration, email us at

  • Refunds and Cancellations: Since TAVA and Volunteer Toronto have made financial commitments to our presenters and the content will be available following the end of the event, the 2023 Conference is non-refundable. 


TAVA and Volunteer Toronto (i.e. the event host and or organization/owner of the digital property that facilitates registrations) is committed to fostering an event space where everyone is welcome to show-up and peacefully enjoy the event and engage without fear of harassment. By registering for this event, you are certifying/ attesting that you have read, understand, and agree with our following event registration participant agreement:

I understand that harassment or perceived harassment of individuals and/or organizations participating in this event space will not be tolerated. The event host reserves the right to remove participants from the event space (with registration fees refunded) if such harassment or perceived harassment occurs. Examples of harassment/ perceived harassment can include - but is not limited to - the following (for event participant safety, the host reserves the rights to interpret and expand on these):

  • Derailing event subject areas or learning focus to communicate a personal agenda or grievances
  • Gaslighting: Making absolute judgements about the presenter/ host/ organizations/ individuals; Redirecting commentary on behaviour into an attack on presenters/ hosts/ organizations/ individuals; Framing questions/comments in a way to direct blame
  • Complaints from multiple participants

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