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Meet Our Team: Niranjala Mariathas

Posted By Roxanne English, Community Engagement Assistant, January 16, 2017
Updated: January 13, 2017

Volunteer Toronto staff 

Estimated reading time: 3 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 Grassroots Growth team
Melina Condren, Director of Engaging Organizations
Kelly DeVries, Community Engagement Coordinator
Sammy Feilchenfeld, Training Coordinator
David Allen, Executive Director
Kasandra JamesSubscriptions Coordinator

Next up... the one person who brings it all together...our Operations Manager!


 Niranjala Mariathas
 Nira Mariathas

WHO: Niranjala (Nira) Mariathas

ROLE: Operations Manager

# OF YEARS AT VT: 24+ years

PLACE OF BIRTH: Colombo, Sri Lanka

FAVOURITE SONG: I don't have a specific song that I like, but I do enjoy listening to ABBA and Boney M.


"Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value" - Albert Einstein




What do you do at Volunteer Toronto? 

I manage day-to-day operations of Volunteer Toronto. This includes human resources management, the functioning of the office and administrative systems. I also fill in for the Accounting department on occasion.

 Nira at desk



What do you like most about your job?

I like being in the office and keeping things organized.


Volunteer Toronto Print Room


What was your most enjoyable volunteer experience?

My first volunteer experience is the most unforgettable one. When I first joined Volunteer Toronto as a volunteer, I had to update a new database of volunteer information. I had finished a whole year's work in 3 months. It was much appreciated by the team and it was a rewarding experience for me, knowing how much it meant to the Volunteer Toronto team to have an up-to-date database.


What's one of your favourite hobbies most people don't know about?

My favourite hobby is reading novels. My first book was Sidney Sheldon’s “Master of the Games”. I have read all his books and ever since I’m addicted to mystery novels and TV shows.


Sidney Sheldon Book



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

If there's one thing that I can't give up, it has to be my morning coffee! I can't start my day without a cup of coffee. It's been a part of my routine for years, and it's something I will never change or give up.


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

Whatever is in my drawer is usually files and folders along with a hand cream for paper cuts!


Nira's Desk Drawer 


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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