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November Workshop| DEI Best Practices in Volunteer Engagement

  • Thursday, November 09, 2023
  • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Online via Zoom


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DEI Best Practices in Volunteer Engagement

✨ Thursday, November 9, 2023

✨  9:30-11:30am 

✨ Meeting virtually over Zoom

One TAVA Member who attended the September workshop will also be entered into a draw for up to $400 CAD to cover the majority of the CVA accreditation cost. 

Workshop Description

Building on interest expressed by our membership in a recent survey, we are taking a deeper dive into the areas of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion practices and related policies in volunteer engagement.

Our November workshop will explore insights and approaches around best practices for creating an inclusive and welcoming culture when engaging volunteers within your organizations.

  • We’ll explore various DEI practices that organizations are adopting to make volunteer engagement more inclusive, including strategies for recruiting, onboarding, and retaining volunteers from diverse backgrounds.
  • Our panelists will share examples of how they have successfully implemented DEI practices in their volunteer programs. Highlight what worked for them and the positive outcomes they achieved.
  • Break out groups will allow participants to engage in deeper conversations and share their own experiences, discuss potential obstacles, and brainstorm solutions collectively.

The format for this and subsequent workshops will include presentations, panel discussions and an opportunity for collective learning through small group discussions.

Guest Speaker:
Andrew Williams, Principal Consultant, Liberty Square Consulting

Andrew Williams is the founder and principal consultant at Liberty Square Consulting. He has extensive experience working with for-profit and non-profit organizations in the areas of inclusion, strategy, value proposition development, governance, and leadership development. Andrew also serves as a speaker and executive coach. In addition to extensive experience in the private sector, Andrew also served as Vice President, Programs for the Yonge Street Mission, a leading non-profit serving marginalized communities.

His consulting experience includes the City of Toronto, World Vision, Birchmount Bluffs Neighborhood Centre, Women’s Habitat and The Princess Charities

Guest Panelists: 

Rafael Glass Machado

Rafael Glass Machado is the Specialist of Volunteer Engagement and Social Services at The 519, a prominent community center committed to promoting the inclusion and well-being of 2SLGBTQ communities in Toronto and beyond. For the past five years, Rafael has played a pivotal role in fostering a more inclusive and welcoming environment within The 519's volunteer program. Through his innovative strategies, empathetic leadership, and dedication to empowering marginalized communities, Rafael has significantly contributed to the organization's mission of creating a more equitable society for all.

Florence Edebiri

Florence Edebiri is the Manager of Volunteer and Non-Clinical Student Placements at the Scarborough Health Network where she oversees the allocation and coordination of volunteers within the hospital, ensuring a smooth and efficient process for both volunteers and the hospital. Florence holds an MBA in Strategic Human Resource Management and a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. With a strong foundation in management and human resources and a Certificate in Volunteer Management Leadership (CVLM) she has leveraged this education and experience to make significant contributions at SHN and other non-profit organizations.

Florence has demonstrated her dedication to diversity and inclusion at SHN by co-chairing the Community of Inclusion Employees Resource Group, Blacks United for Inclusion Leadership and Development (BUILD), working tirelessly to support and promote a culture of diversity and inclusion.

Outside of the hospital, Florence has also made a substantial impact to volunteering as a profession in Ontario. She has served five years as a Director on the Board of PAVRO (Professional Administrators of Volunteer Resources Ontario), contributing to the advancement of volunteer management in the region.

 Jeff Abraham

Jeff Abraham, CVA - is the Senior Manager of Volunteer Engagement at Diabetes Canada. He is committed to the work of DEI through his own lived experience, and through serving on 3 different DEI Committees: at Habitat for Humanity GTA, Yonge Street Mission (YSM) & here at TAVA as part of the DEI working group. Jeff has been involved with bringing inclusion and equity ideas and questions to the table in his roles as a Volunteer Manager. Jeff currently serves on the TAVA Executive Committee as Past President.


✨ This is a virtual online workshop. Once you've registered, information on how to join the Zoom meeting will be sent in a reminder email a day prior to the workshop.

✨ This workshop is open to TAVA Membership. Click here to be a Member/ Renew!

Thank you  for choosing to be a TAVA member. We love to learn, connect and share with you. We hope your TAVA membership adds value to your daily work and life!  - TAVA Executive Committee

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