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In celebration of #NationalVolunteerWeek, we want to say thank you to all of those who continue to give back in their personal and professional lives.

Volunteers from across the city have come together during this critical time to care for those in need and have truly proven to be the backbone of society when the most is at stake. This week, we thank and salute you along with our healthcare heroes and those working in essential services during this time.

Our Chapter would not be where it is today without the support of our members who have contributed countless volunteer hours and ideas to help us in delivering quality professional development opportunities and education to fundraising professionals and those in the non-profit sector. This week we want to take the time to recognize just a few of you…


Read part 1part 2, part 3 & part 4 of our National Volunteer Week blog series.


Our On-site Event Volunteers


While our Chapter events would not be possible without the help of our many volunteer planning committees & our volunteer Board members, logistically speaking, we would not be able to put on our events without the hard work and support of our on-site volunteers.

These are the individuals you see greeting you at the entrances, helping to get you checked-in at registration, helping to get you set-up and sorted on our event app, helping to get you to and from each of your sessions (and to many of the off-site receptions and parties), and who do it all with a smile on their faces despite putting in long hours on their feet each day (and not to mention sweating it out with us Chapter staff helping to move heavy bins and boxes around before the doors open and before the sun’s even up).

We’ve had a number of different volunteers each year at our conferences helping us to make them the best they can be and we have always been very appreciative of our on-site team’s support.

Below are just a few of our many volunteers who helped us to raise the bar and raise the work at Congress this past year:


Wendy Quick, CFRE, Indspire

Tracey Adams

Josefina Bilotta

Kristen Brennan, Camp Quality Canada

Ryan D’Souza

Molly DeHaan, Southlake Regional Health Centre

Becca Darbyshire, Plan International Canada

Laura Handley

Kim Lawson

Marielle Lethrosne

Leticia Msowoya

Rebecca Munro

Cass Nagar, Interval House

Shobi Sivaraj, Right To Play

Patricia Vidov, Operation Smile Canada

Tori Peacock, SickKids Foundation

Mo Waja, Blakely Inc.

Laura Champion, Blakely Inc.

Sonya Swiridjuk, CFRE, War Child Canada, Sonya Swiridjuk Consulting

Sam Barr, University of Toronto

Scott Jeffries, Stephen Thomas Ltd

Ashley Benson, The Terry Fox Foundation 

Shannon Carkner, CFRE, JDRF Canada

Humber College Fundraising Management class


While we still don’t know what the future of the events landscape will look like following COVID-19, we will continue to work with our Chapter volunteers to best deliver engaging education programs & networking opportunities to our members. We could not do it all without you!

On behalf of all of us at the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter, happy National Volunteer Week and THANK YOU! 💖👏

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