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Meet Our Team: Sammy Feilchenfeld

Posted By Roxanne English, Community Engagement Assistant, October 3, 2016
Updated: September 30, 2016

 

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

This may surprise you but Volunteer Toronto doesn't run itself (insert gasp here!). As Canada's largest volunteer centre, we operate on the people power of 8 full-time staff, 5 contract staff, 60 + volunteers and an abundance of passion.

Our team comes from places all over the country and the world; Vancouver, PEI, England, Sri Lanka, USA, Trinidad & Tobago and Grenada to name a few. Each one of us draws from our own unique experiences and contributes our skills in the hopes of building a more caring city.

So far, we have featured Camara Chambers, Director of Community Engagement, our entire Grassroots Growth team, our Director of Engaging Organizations, Melina Condren, and Kelly DeVries, our Community Engagement Coordinator.

Next up... our Training Coordinator!

 
 Sammy Feilchenfeld

WHO: Sammy Feilchenfeld

ROLE: Training Coordinator

# OF YEARS AT VT: About 2

PLACE OF BIRTH: Toronto, Ontario

FAVOURITE QUOTE: 

"The universe is a pretty big place. If it's just us, seems like an awful waste of space."

- Thomas Carlyle, by way of Carl Sagan ("Contact")

 

What do you do at Volunteer Toronto? 

As the Training Coordinator, I provide in-person workshops and online training for the people who recruit and manage volunteers at non-profits. I prepare resources to help organizations engage volunteers, plan our annual VECTor Conference for volunteer managers, and provide advice and guidance around legislation, policies and more!

 

What do you like most about your job?

The opportunity to meet all the great volunteer managers from across the city and get a sense of the challenges (and triumphs) they face every day. I love training, leading and facilitating, so being able to help people overcome their challenges and see new potential always brings me joy. Plus I get to learn a lot about website design and development for my online learning!

 

What was your most enjoyable volunteer experience?

Throughout most of my university career, I ran a moderately successful theatre company. During my final year, I wrote and directed my first musical and devoted basically every minute of free time to the project. As a volunteer experience, I was able to learn a lot of new things (including that a life in the theatre wasn't for me) but also get a lot of rewards, including 600 happy audience members after the performances, and to share in great satisfaction with the other 50 volunteers I worked with!

 

What's one of your hidden talents most people don't know about?

I've been playing the mandolin for almost 10 years and released an album and 2 EPs. Also in the winter I like to crochet, but I can pretty much only make hats.


 

Of all your favourite foods, which is one that you would find hardest to give up for the rest of your life and why?

Peanut butter (natural creamy only) - this is my daily staple and has probably been my favourite food as long as I can remember. None of that added sugar, salt and oil though...peanuts are all I need!


 

 

 

What's the most unusual item in your desk drawer?

I have a surprising amount of Lego for when I'm trying to solve a particularly challenging problem. It doesn't come out too much, but when it does my mind goes wild!

 

 

Roxanne EnglishRoxanne English supports Volunteer Toronto’s community outreach by coordinating events, delivering presentations on how to volunteer, and representing Volunteer Toronto at events across this city. With Roxanne’s help, we’ll be able to provide more people with information about volunteering in Toronto.

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