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Newsletter No. 7 | January 2015

In This Issue

New Year
Governor General's Message
Information Session
Volunteer Tip
Opportunities of the Week
VT Board Position
Toronto Snapshot survey


On-Call Volunteer
Canadian Red Cross Society

Event Planner
Team Cat Rescue

Volunteer Mentor
Kids Learning Code

Sewing Instructor
Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office


Join Volunteer Toronto at this exciting time of transition: we are expanding our outreach and online services, have a new management team and strategic plan. Come help us shape our new direction.

We are looking for 2 applicants who reside in the City of Toronto, have backgrounds in fundraising and/or sponsorships/sales, plus work experience in the non-profit sector. We encourage applicants who reflect the diversity of our city in terms of race, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, family/marital status, disability, socio-economic background, and ethnicity. Prior board experience would be ideal, but is not necessary.

Learn more about the position and how to apply.


Volunteer Toronto wants to know about your experience with volunteering and finding volunteer roles.

This anonymous survey 
takes less than 10 minutes to complete, and your answers will help us understand how we can serve you better. 

Help give us invaluable insight into the rewards and challenges of finding the right volunteer position.


Contact Us

344 Bloor Street West, Suite 404
Toronto, ON
M5S 3A7

Phone: 416.961.6888

Fax: 416.961.6859


Many of us use the new year as a way to create personal goals for the 12 months ahead. Some choose to lose weight, learn a new skill, start saving, volunteer (hint, hint!). The resolutions are endless! 

While it is good to have goals to work toward, it is equally important to be easy on yourself while trying to achieve those goals. Try to focus on the quality of what you are doing instead of the quantity because the journey is just as important as the destination. 

Life can surprise us with unexpected twists and turns and can throw us off course, but that's ok, it happens. Just keep moving forward.  

2014 was a big year for Volunteer Toronto. We updated our look, changed our website, started exciting programs and hired new talent to help us achieve our mission.  

This year, we plan to build on what we learned to make our programs and services the best they can be. We hope you continue to stay tuned to our website, newsletters and social media as we role out exciting opportunities and events to attend in the year ahead. 

Let's all be more awesome than last year. 

Happy New Year!

Governor General of Canada's New Year's Message

David Johnston, the Governor General of Canada used his annual New Year's message to urge Canadians to serve their country by volunteering. A huge advocate for volunteerism, he has developed the My Giving Moment campaign to inspire all Canadians to serve their country in whatever way they can. 

View his message

Upcoming Information Sessions
How To Volunteer On A City of Toronto Board

  • Do you want to play an active role and make a difference in your community?
  • Do you want to share your skills, expertise and experience to make Toronto a better place?
  • Do you want to be part of an open and accountable government?

If so, the City of Toronto needs people like you to serve on high-profile, challenging, and exciting boards of directors for City agencies and corporations.

Toronto City Council appoints more than 1,100 people to serve as board members for a wide range of agencies and corporations. Board members provide oversight, bring a community perspective to board discussions, and help to reflect on the needs and interests of Torontonians. The Public Appointments Secretariat, which is part of the City Clerk's Office, is responsible for administering the public appointments policy and process.

If you want to learn more about how to get involved, register to attend a City of Toronto Public Appointments information session in our two locations:



Public appointments are a key part of the City's commitment to community engagement, participation, and service. To apply for a board position and for more information, visit

Volunteer Tip
Interviewing for a volunteer position

When applying for a volunteer position, you may be asked to interview for the role. This is an important step in the volunteer recruitment process as organizations will be looking for the best possible fit for the position. While you are not going to be paid for volunteering, it is still important to take the interview as seriously as you would for a job. This is also a great way of utilizing and honing any interview skills you already have as well as learning new techniques.

In preparation for the interview, ensure that you research the organization as well as gather more information on the volunteer opportunity to which you have applied. The best source of this information will be the organization’s website. In most cases, the organization will also provide a brief description of who they are and what they do in the volunteer position description which can help you in your research. As well, come prepared with questions for the organization. This is as much an interview of them as it is of you.   

Finally, it is important to make a good first impression by dressing professionally and arriving early for your interview.

Volunteer Toronto is a charitable organization committed to supporting, creating and celebrating volunteerism in Toronto . Through our innovative approaches to volunteering and services that empower organizations to develop engaging volunteer programs, we are supporting our mission to  create the best possible volunteer experience.

Discover how Volunteer Toronto can help!

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344 Bloor Street West, Suite 404
Toronto, ON
M5S 3A7

T. 416-961-6888
F. 416.961.6859

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