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Our Board of Directors and Voting Members

We have a dedicated board of directors with vast and varied experience from law to corporate development to non-profit management. The board and staff work closely together to create organizational policy, sound financial stewardship and to ensure Volunteer Toronto fulfills its mission.  

Dana Dignard - Director, Volunteer Toronto  


Dana Dignard


It is her longstanding commitment to volunteerism that inspired Dana, a seasoned non-profit director, to join the Volunteer Toronto Board. With a BA from Carleton University and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management, she has worked with leading organizations like Free The Children, both domestically and internationally, in the fight for human rights. In a volunteer capacity, Dana has volunteered at refugee shelters, worked with children with special needs, as well as implemented campaigns for Amnesty International. She believes that donating your time and efforts are good for both yourself and the community. 


 Mary Ann Istiloglu - Director

Maryann Istiloglu

vice chair

Maryann has a deep love for Toronto, which for her is a collective of distinct and vibrant neighbourhoods. Joining Volunteer Toronto’s Board was a way to support the efforts of local initiatives that keep these neighbourhoods going. Maryann has been a lifelong volunteer within her neighbourhood community, local sports teams, school councils and community fundraising events. As the Executive Director of OACCPP, an association for mental health professionals, Maryann has experience with all aspects of governance and management of non-profit organizations. Maryann has a certificate in Non-profit and Arts Sector management from York University and is currently completing courses towards her Certificate in Association Management.



Heidi Reinhart


Heidi became a Board member of Volunteer Toronto in 2015. She is a partner at Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, practising in securities and corporate law. Heidi completed her undergrad degree at the University of Toronto and her law degree at the University of Windsor. Heidi has previously volunteered at the K-W Humane Society, the Hospital for Sick Children and as a caseworker and group advisor at Community Legal Aid (Windsor). She is proud of the important work done by Volunteer Toronto and the valuable role it plays in our community. 




Natalie Brykman - Treasurer, Volunteer Toronto 


Natalie Brykman


Natalie is a Chartered Accountant with KPMG and joined the board after moving from Alberta. She comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and an enthusiasm to promote volunteerism in Toronto. Previously, she served as the Vice President of the Edmonton Family Violence Treatment Center where she provided financial direction and guidance to aid the organization in their strategic decisions. 



Sarah Llewellin


A long-time believer in the importance of contributing time and money to worthy causes, Sarah joins the board in 2018, bringing her law and HR background, as well as many years of volunteer experience, both locally and abroad, and both personally and in corporate settings. Sarah is a proud citizen of Toronto and believes that anyone with the inclination can and should give back to our great city because it feels great and makes a difference! Currently an independent HR consultant, she is delighted to join the VT Board where she can learn more about volunteerism in Toronto, develop her and others’ skills, and support the performance and growth of the organization. 


Gerry O'Connor


Gerry joined the Board of Directors in 2017. His extensive volunteer experience includes more than 25 international volunteer assignments with CESO (Canadian Executive Service Organization) in Russia, Siberia, Republic of Georgia, Serbia and the Philippines. Since 2012, Gerry has delivered a weekly Employment Workshop in Toronto to more than 1,700 new arrivals from Ireland to assist their integration into the Toronto business community, for which he was recognized with a 2016 Volunteer Toronto Legacy Award.

Gerry is a past member of the Board of Directors, The Toronto Region Board of Trade. He has held senior management positions as Director and Company Secretary, Canada Starch Company Inc.; Assistant Vice-President, Business Integration, Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada. He is currently President, Blackrock Corporate Services, a private company he founded in 2003 specializing in the provision of defined benefit and defined contribution pension services for corporate pension plan sponsors. Gerry is Chairman, Independent Review Committee (“IRC”) Fiera Closed-end Funds Canada and Member, WisdomTree Asset Management Canada ETF IRC.



Charlene Viscek


Charlene is passionate about encouraging volunteerism in her community. Having formerly served on the Board of Directors of the Kitchener Waterloo Volunteer Action Centre, Charlene recognizes the power of volunteerism and the importance of the non-profit sector in building strong and resilient communities. She currently works in Government Affairs for Scotiabank and holds an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University. Charlene is excited to work with the team at Volunteer Toronto and contribute to the success of the organization.


Mack Rogers - Secretary, Volunteer Toronto    


Mack Rogers

past president

A long-time volunteer in the areas of mental health, community outreach and adult literacy, Mack, the Executive of ABC Life Literacy Canada, wants to give back to the sector that he believes has given so much to him. His most vivid volunteer experiences include participating in the Toronto Homeless Survey and the career changing experience of volunteering as a tutor at St. Christopher House. He is happy to continue his volunteer journey on the Board where he is excited to grow personally and professionally.  


Our Voting Members


Like many non-profits, Volunteer Toronto has a network of individuals and organizations that help guide our strategic direction by electing our board of directors, reviewing financial statements, and approving fundamental changes to the organization. Each year, we invite members of our community to consider signing up as voting members as a way of becoming more involved in our work.

Our 2018-19 members include:


ABC Life Literacy Canada
Bata Shoe Museum
Kensington Health Centre
Polycultural Immigrant & Community Services
Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities
St.John the Compassionate Mission
Toronto Cat Rescue
Toronto Vegetarian Association
Yonge Street Mission


Roberto Andreacchi
Tiana Botejue
Edison Chai
Dana Dignard
Jane Garthson
Maryann Istiloglu
Sarah Llewellin
Geoff McIlmoyle
Miriam McTiernan
Gerry O'Connor
Colin J. Rainsbury
Mack Rogers
Evadne Shirley
Tara Singh
Erika Virtanen-Galt
Faiza Venzant
Charlene Viscek

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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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