Archived Announcements

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Welcome David Vandenberg!

Volunteer Canada is pleased to welcome David Vandenberg as the new Corporate Citizenship Specialist. 

David Vandenberg is a community builder and social impact specialist focused on strategic partnership development that drives actionable results for stakeholders. In his new role with Volunteer Canada, David will work closely with both companies and non-profits to advance positive social and environmental impact by facilitating a variety of engagement opportunities.

David has held roles at Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities, Burlington's Emergency Meal Program, and Crestview Strategy. David is experienced in non-profit management, government relations, strategic planning, and DEI best practices.

David holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from McMaster University, a Not-for-Profit Leadership and Management Certificate from Mohawk College, was named a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International in 2021 and was awarded the Platinum Jubilee Medal of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by the Government of Canada in 2022 for community service.

Join us in welcoming David to the Volunteer Canada Team! 

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Volunteer Canada announces new VP, Strategy, Impact and Development

Volunteer Canada is excited to announce Chad Lubelsky as the new Vice President, Strategy, Impact and Development.  Chad has 20+ years experience designing and implementing programs that support and elevate belonging and inclusion.Chad Lubelsky

In his position as VP, Strategy Impact and Development, Chad will be playing a leadership role in the organization supporting development and advancement opportunities for Volunteer Canada. He will also lead the development and implementation of Volunteer Canada’s strategic growth and engagement as a trusted partner supporting volunteering and participation across communities, networks and organizations in Canada.  Playing a leadership role in reimaging new models of volunteering and participation supports that will meet the needs of communities and individuals, Chad brings a strong track record of building durable models and strategies that support systems change.  Megan Conway, President and CEO of Volunteer Canada expressed her enthusiasm for Chad’s arrival stating, “Chad brings tremendous wisdom and expertise about the landscape of volunteerism in Canada—he is charismatic, engaging and will be a dynamic leader reimaging what the future of volunteering will look like with a greater emphasis on belonging and engagement.”

Prior to joining the McConnell Foundation, Chad was the Executive Director of Santropol Roulant; developed leadership and community engagement programs for the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation; worked as an Assignment Editor for NBC news in San Francisco; managed global Internet Rights advocacy for the South African based Association for Progressive Communications; and was a Founding Trustee of the Montreal Awesome Foundation.  

Currently on leave from McConnell, Chad is joining Volunteer Canada for the next year and can’t wait to get started, “Volunteering brings people together, connects us to our communities and builds collective purpose” says Chad. “Volunteer Canada is well-placed to help usher in a new era of belonging and inclusion and I couldn’t be more excited to contribute to this vital work at this pivotal time”.

A dedicated and active volunteer, Chad was the co-Chair of Universities Canada’s Social Impact Advisory Group, and a Board Member with Apathy is Boring and l’Abri en Ville. Chad is currently the Chair of the Board for Open North, a member of the Advisory Committee at the Concordia University’s Shift Centre for Social Transformation and a regular meal on wheels volunteer.

Chad holds a BA in Communications & a Master’s Degree in Communications and Leadership.    
We enthusiastically welcome Chad as a member of the Volunteer Canada team. 


Thursday, November 3, 2022

Volunteer Canada's Recommendations for Budget 2023

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Consultation on these recommendations provided by members of Volunteer Canada’s Volunteer Centre Council—a leadership council of Canada’s 150 Volunteer Centres across the country.


Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Volunteer Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of three new members to our board of directors

Lindsey Alcy 

Lindsey Alcy is a third-year undergraduate student at Carleton University. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor in Global and International Studies, specializing in global law and social justice and a minor in sociology! She is passionate about youth and children, giving back to those in need suffering from homelessness in the greater Ottawa region and foreign affairs such as international development, human rights and diplomacy. In 2021, Lindsey was awarded the Volunteer Ottawa Outstanding Youth Volunteer award for her continuous commitment to others. 

Alex Medina

Alex Medina has over 25 years of diversified engineering, design, and management experience. During this time Alex has gained experience interfacing with diverse stakeholders including public relations, regulating bodies and Government. Alex has extensive experience in contract negotiations, corporate relations, and partnership management, as well as support of financing and investor relations. He forms part of the leadership team at Stantec with focus in Energy and Resources and is an innovation coach providing guidance and mentorship. Alex is Chapter Chair for the Latinos in Stantec employee resource group serving three major components: educational outreach, community involvement, and professional networking and has founded his own nonprofit organization promoting empowerment and selflove, The Medina Family Foundation focusing on advocacy, education, and assistance. 

Gina Jordan

Gina Jordan has nearly 30 years of public affairs experience in diverse sectors, including energy, telecommunications, healthcare and the nonprofit sector. She recently served as the Co-Chair of Volunteer Canada’s Corporate Community Engagement Council and has experience leading both corporate and non-profit volunteer programs as well as managing a large volunteer centre. Gina is currently the Manager, Sustainability and ESG Policy at Enbridge, where she leads the development of sustainability strategies and reporting in support of the company’s transition to a more sustainable, reliable and affordable energy future. 

“Lindsey, Alex and Gina bring tremendous knowledge, networks and skills as new members of the board of Volunteer Canada.  Their leadership and expertise come at such an exciting time for the organization as we look forward to the ways that volunteerism can support Canada as it rebuilds from the pandemic,” said Dr. Megan Conway, President and CEO, Volunteer Canada.  

The Volunteer Canada board of directors is responsible for setting Volunteer Canada's strategic direction. The board represents a pan-Canadian perspective on volunteering and civic participation. Collectively they bring a breadth of experience and wisdom that is crucial to the development of sound organizational policies and maintenance of good governance.

Please join us in welcoming these three fantastic new additions to our board.

Learn more about our board members.


Thursday, September 15, 2022

Volunteer Canada announces two new appointments

Renata Rusiniak, Acting Director, Corporate Citizenship 

Volunteer Canada is pleased to welcome Renata Rusiniak as Acting Director, Corporate Citizenship starting immediately. In her role, Renata will be the organizational lead on supporting companies in their employee/stakeholder community engagement programs, convene the Corporate Community Engagement Council, and lead the consulting practice for businesses.  “Renata’s leadership, her knowledge of the corporate landscape and her commitment to innovation will be an asset to Volunteer Canada, especially during this moment in time,” said Megan Conway, President and CEO of Volunteer Canada.  

“I look forward to supporting Volunteer Canada’s Corporate Citizenship programs over the next few months.  Purpose-driven corporations play an important part in advancing the mission of Volunteer Canada.  Through the efforts of the Corporate Community Engagement Council, Volunteer Canada can achieve its goals to increase participation, quality, and diversity of volunteer experiences across Canada.  It’s a challenging time for non-profits who rely on volunteers to fulfill their missions but with challenge comes opportunity and I’m confident that Volunteer Canada is well positioned to take on this challenge,” said Renata.

Renata is an employer brand builder fueled by a desire to foster connected corporate cultures and extra-engaged employees. With a blended background in human resources, marketing, communications, and environmental social governance, Renata is well-positioned to engage audiences with authentic storytelling about people, programs, and social impact. She has worked across multiple business sectors including cybersecurity (eSentire), finance (Manulife), technology devices (BlackBerry and L3-Wescam), and food (Cadbury-Schweppes) within Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Her 20 years of corporate experience has led Renata to her next career chapter as the Director and Founder of Green Horseshoe Solutions – enabling companies to build their employer branding through revitalizing engagement programs, forging community partnerships, instituting ESG practices, and communicating impacts that matter. Renata holds an honours BA from the University of Waterloo and a Certificate of Community Involvement from Boston College Centre for Corporate Citizenship. She is a certified Corporate Social Responsibility Practitioner and believes that investing in people and the planet paves the way for profits. 

Originally from Hamilton and currently residing in Guelph with her husband and two sons, Renata is active in her local community. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada, advises as part of the Strategy Committee for the Guelph Community Foundation, and mentors social enterprises at Innovation Guelph. Previously, Renata has served as a Board Director with the Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce (including 2 terms as Chair of the Board) and Leadership Waterloo, mentored with Women in Communication and Technology (WCT), served as a member of the University of Waterloo Alumni Council and volunteered her time in the equine community with Equine Guelph. Renata is an avid skier, equestrian, and general advocate of all things outdoorsy.

Shaminda Perera, Knowledge, Practice and Learning Lead 

Volunteer Canada is pleased to announce the hiring of Shaminda Perera, MEd. to the position of Knowledge, Practice and Learning Lead, beginning Monday, September 26, 2022. 

“We are excited for Shaminda to lead the development of a new learning agenda that will support Volunteer Canada’s key stakeholders,” shared President and CEO Megan Conway. “In particular, his work will help identify important questions that will help strengthen volunteer infrastructure in the years to come.”  Shaminda will also play a leading role in our data-driven engagement initiative — work that is meant to raise awareness, understanding and access to data on giving and volunteering across the country.  

Shaminda’s passion is to help others learn and grow, and he is a creative and strategic thinker. With over 2 decades of experience in the field, Shaminda is an expert in Performance and Learning. Since 2012, he has been leading learning initiatives to support not-for-profit organizations and community groups to apply best practices in volunteer involvement. He specializes in strategizing system-wide competency frameworks, knowledge management, innovating learning, leading communities of practice, and volunteer management. He has been serving in senior leadership capacities since 2008. 

He transitions to Volunteer Canada from Volunteer MBC, the Volunteer Centre serving the cities of Mississauga, Brampton, and the town of Caledon, in Ontario. While at Volunteer MBC, he has been instrumental in implementing numerous signature knowledge, practice and learning initiatives, building the centre’s learning portal, and innovating Volunteer MBC’s learning services. After over a decade of service, he ends his term as the Manager of Learning and Resource Development. Shaminda holds a Master of Education in Adult Education degree from Yorkville University, New Brunswick. His thesis focused on building learning organizations in the social impact sector.

No stranger to Volunteer Canada, he has been contributing to our mission since 2012. He developed the national Screening Training train-the-trainer program in 2012 on behalf of our provincial project partner, the Ontario Volunteer Centre Network (OVCN), authored the chapter covering the standard ‘Orientation and Training’ in the CCVI (2017 ed.) online course, developed our learning portal, and developed the e-learning product of Volunteer Canada authored online course in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. 

“I am thrilled about the opportunity Volunteer Canada has given me to serve the Social Impact Sector on a national platform. As an active practitioner in the sector, I have always admired Volunteer Canada’s efforts and initiatives to be the voice of volunteerism. The organization’s work is crucial now more than ever when we all experience a world that is quite different today. During the pandemic, we saw the Volunteer Centres, social purpose organizations, supporters, and volunteers rise to the challenging environment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The sector continues to go through rapid change, and there is important work to be done. I am very aware that our stakeholders I will be working with, and my colleagues are relying on me to collectively push forward the values and benefits of volunteerism. I am committed to doing my best. I eagerly look forward to contributing with the privilege of my education, the opportunities my community has given me and the expertise I bring - to strengthen the volunteerism infrastructure in Canada,” says Shaminda.

His current volunteering and philanthropic engagements are through the Lions Club International. He is a Lion since 2015 and currently serves as the President of his home club - the Mississauga Cooksville Lions Club. Furthermore, on the philanthropic front, Shaminda and his son Kristyen (14) are the annual co-sponsors of Volunteer MBC’s ‘Youth Lead by Example’ award presented to an exemplary youth volunteer/group in Peel. 

He is a settler in Canada since 2010 and, with Kristyen, calls the city of Mississauga their home. Shaminda’s interests include creative activities, with considerable experience in leatherwork, tabletop role-playing games, and abstract art.

Welcome Shaminda and Renata!