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  Newsletter No. 17 | June 2015


Seniors Month
Organizations We Love!
Chat with Chris Hadfield
Trailblazer Series
Volunteers of Toronto
Opportunities of the Week
Events in the city

Cleo Simmonds - Volunteers of Toronto

Cleo Simmonds
Volunteer at Ernestine's Shelter

“It makes me smile, when a family comes back to visit and tells me how much they appreciate everything I have done for them and their family.” 

Read more stories or submit your own!


Student Volunteers
West Neighbourhood House

Green City Adventure Camp Volunteers

Tea & Tiaras: Fundraising Committee
Starlight Children's Foundation

Feed the Homeless
St. John the Compassionate Mission


Muhtadi International Drum Festival
June 13-14, 2015

Annex Festival on Bloor
Saturday, June 14

Music in the Orchards
Saturday, June 14


We are pleased to welcome Kelly DeVries to the Volunteer Toronto family! Kelly is bringing her expertise in community outreach to the role of Community Engagement Coordinator

You can get in touch with Kelly by email at

Contact Us

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

Phone: 416.961.6888

Fax: 416.961.6859


Tweet #VibrantSeniors to share a photo of active seniors in your life!

June is Seniors Month!

Seniors contribute so much to the community through volunteering. In fact, the average volunteer aged 65 to 74 spends a whopping 231 hours a year volunteering, which is more than any other age group! Here at Volunteer Toronto, we’re delighted to see so many older people making a real difference to their community. Shout out to Joan, David and Ann, three of our own volunteers who offer amazing support to Volunteer Toronto every month!

If you know a senior who is worth recognizing for their volunteer contributions, consider nominating them for an Ontario Senior Achievement Award! The deadline for nominations is open until Monday June 15th.

Finally, we’re always interested in knowing how we can share the fun of volunteering with more seniors. This summer, we will be holding a special focus group with adults aged 55+ to find out their views on the best ways of encouraging more seniors to volunteer. If you’re interested in taking part and sharing your opinion, please contact Kelly at

Organizations We Love! 

Prostate Cancer Canada logo

Prostate Cancer Canada (PCC) raises funds for the development of programs related to awareness, public education, advocacy, support of those affected, and research into the prevention, detection, treatment and cure of prostate cancer.

1 in 8 Canadian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, and this is expected to rise significantly within a decade. PCC’s volunteers are integral to providing support that enables Prostate Cancer Canada to raise much needed funds that will help eliminate prostate cancer and to support those living with the disease such as the Do It For Dads Walk Run.

Volunteer Opportunities Available with PCC:

Do It For Dad: Route Marshal & Cheer Squad

Do It For Dad: Special Events Help

Want to Chat with Astronaut Chris Hadfield?

How about eating ice-cream at Google's Toronto office with their Managing Director? A social enterprise called Time Auction is enabling just that by rewarding volunteers for their hard work.

Time Auction lets people use past volunteer hours as currency and trade them for priceless experiences. For example, 5 hours of volunteer work can connect you with Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield or Frank O'Dea, the formerly homeless man who became the CEO of Second Cup Coffee. Check out these opportunities and many more at!

Resolving Conflict like a Pro!

Do you manage your own volunteer-run non-profit and need some tips on managing difficult situations?

Our Trailblazer Series are leadership talks for people involved in leading non-profit groups completely run by volunteers. Conflict is inevitable when people come together to achieve a goal and this practical workshop will provide an array of tools and techniques to enhance your competence in negotiating and resolving conflicts. It’s free to attend, but places are limited.

To register, please email stating your name and the name of the organization you lead.

Volunteer Toronto is a charitable organization whose work strives to build a strong, inclusive, caring and committed community of people who willingly give of their time and energy toward building a healthy city. Volunteer Toronto’s programs and services support non-profits, charities and grassroots groups across the city in developing sustainable volunteer programs.

Discover how Volunteer Toronto can help!

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

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Volunteer Toronto Office

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

T. 416-961-6888
F. 416.961.6859

Open To The Public



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