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Teaches: Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism

Mante Molepo is an anti-racism consultant, an award-winning community leader, and speaker. She works with governments, non-profits and companies to address equity, inclusion, and anti-racism. She is a founding member and Director of Parents for Diversity, an organization committed to addressing discrimination in the education system, as well as a Director for Amnesty International Canada and the Parkdale Food Centre. In 2020, Mante was recognized as a Community Builder by the United Way and in 2018, she was recognized as one of Canada’s 100 Accomplished Black Women.


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Teaches: Social Media for NPOs; Communications Planning for NPOs; Working with the Media; Crisis Communications

Badenoch_Heather_-_Village_PR_logo.pngHeather Badenoch believes in the power of not-for-profits and the strength they have to effect change for people, animals and our environment. As the Chief Strategist at Village PR she provides communications planning and implementation, public relations, social media engagement, and training to not-for-profits across Canada.

Heather works strategically and creatively with her clients to accomplish their communication goals. In 2002, Heather left private sector communications to find meaningful work that aligned with her values. Feeling an instant connection to individuals relentlessly dedicated to change, she found her calling in the not-for-profit sector and has never looked back. In her career of supporting organizations across Canada for more than fifteen years, Heather has developed a deep appreciation and understanding of the players, pressures and meaningful work being done by the not-for-profit sector. In early 2018, Heather became a living liver donor for a stranger in Toronto; for a child whose identity she doesn’t know.


Paula Coons

Teaches: Excel 101

Paula Coons is the Finance Officer at the Parent Resource Centre. Paula started her career in financial management in ‘99 and moved to the non-profit sector in ‘04 where she fell in love with her work and the difference she realized she could make in her community. Volunteer Ottawa has a special place in Paula's heart and life. While working at Volunteer Ottawa for 14 years, she managed many programs including Education, Youth, Corporate Volunteerism and Volunteer Recruitment and Engagement. She has developed and delivered multiple workshops with a focus on financial management, reporting and the use of technology to make work life easier. She lives just outside of the City, loves to spend time with her family and friends, and spends her summer vacation camping and enjoying the outdoors.

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Teaches: Uncover Your Website's Secrets with Google Analytics; Google Advertising for NFPs


David Bird is the Founder and Principal of Bird’s Eye Marketing, an Ottawa firm that specializes in getting businesses found on Google. He has been managing AdWords accounts for more than seven years and is a recognized digital advertising and promotion expert.

David is certified with Google AdWords and has a Certificate of Achievement in Web Analytics from the University of British Columbia, and has completed coursework in E-Marketing with the Canadian Marketing Association.

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Teaches: How to Prepare for your Annual Audit


Annik Blanchard, CPA, CA, is a Partner in BDO Canada with over 20 years of professional experience providing assurance services to not-for-profit and public sector organizations.

Annik is actively involved in the community as a Board Member of the Winchester District Memorial Hospital and as a Board member for Embrun Watch.  In addition, she volunteers through the CPA Canada financial literacy program for intermediate and high school students.  Annik was named as a 2018 Forty Under 40 recipient (Ottawa).


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Teaches: Fill your Social Media Toolbox and Effective Communications During the Pandemic

Boucher_Darcy_-_Bowda_logo_capture.PNGDarcy Boucher is founder and president of Bowda Creative Communications, an independent agency that provides Canadian businesses, organizations, and nonprofits with creative communications solutions. Established in 2013, they have since been providing their wide range of clients with social media, graphic design, communications and consulting services. Darcy is also the Marketing and Communications Manager at Humane Canada, and previously was a Communications Advisor with the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). There, she managed their national online presence and advised senior leadership on social media best practices. Darcy is also a Public Affairs Officer in the Naval Reserves. 

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Teaches: Organizational Risk Management

Orbis_Logo.pngDarren is a Senior Consultant and co-owner of Orbis Risk Consulting. He offers over 20 years of professional experience providing risk management, internal audit, IT audit, governance and process improvement services in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. An active member of the Institute of Internal Auditors, he is Chartered Professional Accountant and Certified Internal Auditor, in addition to a Certifications in Information Systems Audit and Risk Management Assurance.

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Teaches: Legal Check-Up

Carters_Law_logo.pngTerrance S. Carter, B.A., LL.B, TEP, Trade-mark Agent – Managing Partner of Carters, Mr. Carter practices in the area of charity and not-for-profit law, and is counsel to Fasken on charitable matters. Mr. Carter is a co-author of Corporate and Practice Manual for Charitable and Not-for-Profit Corporations (Thomson Reuters), a co-editor of Charities Legislation and Commentary (LexisNexis, 2019), and co-author of Branding and Copyright for Charities and Non-Profit Organizations (2019 LexisNexis). He is recognized as a leading expert by Lexpert, The Best Lawyers in Canada and Chambers and Partners. Mr. Carter is a member of CRA Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector, and is a Past Chair of the Canadian Bar Association and Ontario Bar Association Charities and Not-for-Profit Law Sections. He is editor of www.charitylaw.ca, www.churchlaw.ca and www.antiterrorismlaw.ca 

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TeachesGoing Back to the Office: Compliance Checklist for a Safe Re-Opening

Faculty_of_Instructors/Alice_logo_2021.pngAlice D’Abreu is the Founder of Monday Morning Inc., a modern HR consultancy that supports SM businesses and nonprofits in designing engaging people programs, building HR operations from the ground up, and providing custom HR solutions that work for their business, scale and people. She is known for her ability to build strong relationships, and strives to create energetic workplace cultures for clients that keep their people happy and engaged. Prior to founding Monday Morning, Alice held internal HR management positions in healthcare, consulting, tech, and spent nearly a decade in the not-for-profit sector where she helped design, build, and manage HR Programs including talent attraction, onboarding, employee engagement, performance management, diversity & inclusion, health and safety, and wellness.

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Teaches: Diversifying Revenue in Non-Profits: A Primer for Senior Executives and Board Members

Marie Eveline is Executive Director of Volunteer Ottawa.  She has served in this role since 2015.  She has over thirty years experience in the not-for-profit sector having worked nationally, provincially and locally.  Prior to joining Volunteer Ottawa, Marie served as Executive Director with the Printing Industries Sector Council and the Canadian School Boards Association.  In addition to a Master’s degree, Marie has certification in association management and strategic planning.

Marie has led Volunteer Ottawa through a three year change process with approval of a new strategic plan; a focus on revenue diversification; development of business cases for our key program areas; and,  organizational re-alignment and governance streamlining.  Through this process VO has managed to more than double its program revenues while staying true to our mission. 

Marie believes that real change happens at the community level through the efforts of volunteers committed to making a difference.  It is only through engagement and commitment by a Board willing to take managed risks will not for profit organizations survive and thrive in the current climate of dwindling resources and expanded demands. 


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 Teaches: How to Read Financial Statements

BDO_Logo.PNGJohn Gilhooly has over 30 years of experience as a senior manager in a financial and risk management and accounting context; currently, he is a senior manager at BDO Canada. He is qualified as a Chartered Professional Accountant and Certified Internal Auditor, in addition to a Certification in Risk Management Assurance and a Master’s of Business Administration.

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Teaches: Volunteer Recruitment and Adapting to Virtual Volunteering

Adam is a passionate not for profit leader with a heart for advocacy and community building. Adam currently is the Director of Volunteer Engagement with Christie Lake Kids, a non-profit which serves economically disadvantaged children and youth in Ottawa by providing recreation and skill-building programs. In this role, he has successfully doubled the organization’s base number of volunteers, developing hundreds of short- and long-term volunteer members. He is serving as the Vice-Chair of OAVR (Ottawa Administrators of Volunteer Resources), January 2021-2023, has written for www.Engagejournal.org, for the CCVA, Volunteer Ottawa and is the volunteer management consultant at Beyond the Bake Sale, a platform for not-for-profit innovation. Adam lives in Ottawa with his wife and three amazing and rapidly growing children.

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Teaches: Business Continuity Planning and Scenario Planning

Faculty_of_Instructors/Khakoo_Aasif_logo.pngAasif is an influential executive with over 20 years of leadership experience across the healthcare continuum including primary care, long term care, mental health and addictions, acute care, and community support – and having engaged with Ontario’s healthcare system as a patient, caregiver and advocate. He has content expertise, cultural awareness, and the stakeholder knowledge to design and help deliver value while working closely with the all levels of the organization. Aasif’s first interaction in leading business continuity planning was during the Y2K period, where Aasif was responsible for Y2K organizational contingency planning at Toronto East General Hospital. Since then, his executive level roles have required various business continuity plans at strategic and operational levels. He is currently the Principle Consultant and Director for IMPACT Healthcare Consulting Inc. Aasif is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Healthcare Executive (CHE) and he holds a Masters in Health Administration.

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Teaches: Case for Support; Engaging your Board in Fundraising; Engaging Donors

Sam Laprade loves to connect people! As a professional fundraiser Sam works closely with generous donors to impact some of the most vulnerable people in her community.

Over a 28-year period Sam has raised money for important charities in her community such as: The Ottawa Hospital Foundation, the Ottawa Humane Society and the Ottawa Mission Foundation. In 2009, Sam started as Director, Gryphon Fundraising. Ms. Laprade shares the importance of donor database analytics with fundraising professionals worldwide. In addition to her work with Gryphon Fundraising, in October 2017, Sam launched her full-time consultancy to assist non-profits with fundraising strategy, stewardship, board relations, coaching and audits.

Sam is an engaging speaker who receives high ratings.  Her speaking engagements include: AFP International Conference, the Canadian Association of Gift Planners, the Association of Donor Relations Professionals and AFP Congress (Canada). Sam is the creator and radio host of “An Hour to Give” on 1310 News, Ottawa. This show highlights non-profit organizations in Ottawa, Canada.

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Teaches: Discipline and Dismissal, Volunteer Screening, Event Management

Kathy Magee was the volunteer specialist with the Department of Recreation, Cultural, and Facility Services for the City of Ottawa for 17 years. A graduate of Vanier College, she worked for a number of years as a recreation therapist prior to specializing in volunteer management. Kathy is currently the the chair of the advisory board for the Event Management Program at Algonquin College.  She is a past teacher in this program and continues to be a mentor at Algonquin College.   


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Teaches: Write Successful Grant Proposals

Ottawa_Community_Foundation_logo.PNGTais McNeill is the Associate, Grants and Community Knowledge at the Ottawa Community Foundation, where he is responsible for guiding applicants through the Foundation’s application process, and for supporting the work of the Foundation’s Grants Committee.

In addition to working with the OCF’s Grants Committee, Tais has sat on review committees for United Way Ottawa and the Community Development Framework over seven years of working in Ottawa’s non-profit sector.

A native of Chelsea, Quebec, Tais holds a B.A. in International Development Studies from McGill University.

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Teaches: Project Management 101

NPO-PM_Logo.jpgNPO PM Training.org is a local non-profit which exists to improve the capacity of local charities and NPOs to deliver on their mandates by managing their initiatives more effectively.

The NPO PM Training.org's leaders are:

  • Astell_Paul_photo.pngPaul Astell linkedin-640px.png is a certified Project Management Professional who has been working as a Project Manager in high-tech for over 12 years. Paul specializes in advanced R&D projects which are unique and have different requirements - not unlike the projects in the non-profit sector. Currently Paul is working at the Communications Research Centre. 

  • Thornton_Cliff_photo.pngCliff Thornton linkedin-640px.png is a certified Project Management Professional who has been in the high-tech industry for over 22 years.  Cliff has worked in various inspiring roles over his 18 years at Cognos / IBM and now as an independent consultant.  His roles have included: Customer Support, Software QA/QC, Release Management, Program Coordinator / Operations Management notably covering all areas (hardware, software, procurement, legal, process document, etc.) of deploying an entire lab to handle 300 users, Agile Methodology implementation and has helped organize and provide numerous NPO PM training workshops.

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Teaches: Creating a Volunteer Handbook

Lola has over 30 years of industry experience which includes a long association with Volunteer Ottawa and many of Volunteer Ottawa’s members and related associations. She is currently Ottawa Public Health’s Coordinator of Volunteer Resources; a role she has held for the past 20 years. Earlier in her career, Lola spent over a decade in sales and marketing at Canada Post. She has been a past Co-Chair of the Ontario Public Health Volunteer Resources Management Network (VRMN) and the Ottawa Administrators of Volunteer Resources (OAVR), as well as a Board Director at Centre Soleil and the Civic Institute of Professional Personnel. Lola has a Masters from Laurentian University and obtained a Certificate in Volunteer Administration from Algonquin College.


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Teaches: A Successful Return to Work: Strategies to Ensure the Well-Being of your TeamFive Behaviours of a Cohesive Team

Steve loves helping people succeed! His greatest feeling of accomplishment comes when he helps individuals and organizations overcome obstacles. He is the type that always sees possibilities and consistently rejects cynicism and hopelessness. Clients go to Steve because of his track record. Throughout his career, he has helped clients produce growth while giving them a feeling of belonging; that they don’t have to do this alone! He helps them see the possibilities, set achievable goals, and execute the game plan. Steve's clients will tell you they know he has their best interests in mind.


He is at his best when he's having fun. He is fuelled by fun, adventure and belonging. That’s why he loves what he does. He loves being part of the adventure his clients are on with their business, and being part of the team that helps them realize their goals. He likes to inspire leadership through powerful business assessments and strategic planning, and “keep the ball moving down the field” through accountability and consistent catalytic feedback. He firmly believes that making the right decisions, even in difficult times, will win the day and propel businesses and business leaders into their preferred future. The greatest compliment he has received from a client? “I feel like you really care about us and our business.” His best piece of business advice? See the possibilities, seize the opportunities!

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Teaches: Mental Health 101: Warning Signs and Self-CareMental Health 101: Active Communication

Faculty_of_Instructors/Breanna_logo.jpegBorn and raised in Ottawa, Breanna has degrees from the University of Ottawa in Health Sciences and Psychology. Breanna has experience working various jobs in the healthcare and social services fields, including addictions, supportive housing and crisis intervention. With a strong passion for helping others and an interest in breaking down stigma surrounding mental health and suicide, Breanna started her business, Talk Tools, in 2018.

Breanna is a Bronze Level LivingWorks Applied Suicide Intervention Skills (ASIST) trainer as well as an instructor of St. John Ambulance’s “Mental Health and Wellness in the Workplace” course. She is also an instructor of LifeLine Workshops’ “Assessing Suicide in Kids” (ASK).

Breanna is currently working towards completing her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University and plans to add a private practice to Talk Tools in summer 2023.

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Teaches: How to Write a Compelling Sponsorship Proposal

BeyondTheBakeSale_ColorLogo.pngBeginning his way handing out donation letters for the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa, Christian has gone on to help organizations, large and small, raise millions of dollars for the causes they care about. Christian specializes in the cause sponsorship space – having designed corporate sponsorship strategies for large and small organizations, in addition to leveraging corporate sponsorship funding for personal projects.  

With the Carleton University Students’ Association, Christian designed and implemented strategies that raised the association over $130,000 in multi-year sponsorship deals. As a consultant with The Sponsorship Collective, Christian designed strategies and tactics that have helped organizations big and small raise millions more. As a community volunteer, Christian has helped to raise over a million dollars in donations for varying causes, with a quarter of that coming from sponsorship.

Christian is a graduate of the master’s in philanthropy program at Carleton University, a recipient of the Sovereign’s Medal for volunteers; the Board of Governors Award for Outstanding Community Achievement and the OC150 Award, and is the co-founder and host of “Beyond the Bake Sale” an organization dedicated to helping people and organizations raise more time, talent and treasure for the cause they care about. He is also a frequent speaker on fundraising, sponsorship, and young professional engagement.

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Teaches: Legal Check-Up

Faculty_of_Instructors/Carters_Law_logo.pngEsther Shainblum, B.A., LL.B., LL.M., CRM – B.A., LL.B., LL.M., CRM – Ms. Shainblum practices at Carters Professional Corporation in the areas of charity and not for profit law, privacy law and health law. From 2005 to 2017 Ms. Shainblum was General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer for Victorian Order of Nurses for Canada, a national, not-for-profit, charitable home and community care organization. Before joining VON Canada, Ms. Shainblum was the Senior Policy Advisor to the Ontario Minister of Health. Earlier in her career, Ms. Shainblum practiced health law and corporate/commercial law at McMillan Binch and spent a number of years working in policy development at Queen’s Park.

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Teaches: Self-Care: Wellness and Mental Health Supports for Staff, Volunteers and Clients

Tim has spent over 40 years working in mental health and social services in the Ottawa community. He is currently the Executive Director of the Canadian Mental Health Association - Ottawa Branch, a position he has held since 2011. Prior to his present position Tim spent 17 years as the Executive Director of Family Services à la famille Ottawa, following a five year tenure as the Director of Operations for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Ottawa, and 10 years as the Senior Clinical Supervisor at the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa. His earliest work was with young offenders and in child protection. Tim holds a Doctorate in Psychology from Carleton University and his academic training focused on clinical research and program evaluation. He has a strong belief in client services and is a proponent of evidenced-based decision making, social innovation, and cross-sectoral collaboration, and is intimately familiar with the voluntary sector locally, provincially and nationally. Tim considers himself a lifelong resident of Ottawa, and is a father of two and grandfather to five.


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Teaches: Fostering Effective Staff-Volunteer Relations

Nikkie Snagg is the membership and volunteer coordinator at the Good Companions Seniors Centre. Trained as a Community Service Worker, Nikkie has over 8 years of experience in Ottawa’s social sector, working with volunteers and clients in need.



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Teaches: Orientation and Training

Cédric St-Amour is the volunteer coordinator for Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation, which manages three museums in the Ottawa area: Science and Technology Museum, Agriculture and Food Museum, and Aviation and Space Museum.



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Teaches: Board Governance

Jason is an IT project manager with Statistics Canada and enjoys collaborating with start-ups and innovation across all domains. In the past 25 years Jason has worked and volunteered with not-for-profits, startups, academic institutions, public sector and spent 11 years in the military as an Infanteer.  Jason has previous experience in governance with both private sector and not-for-profit board directorships.  

Jason received his Honours Bachelor of Commerce with a specialty in Management Information Systems from Lakehead University in 1999, Masters of Business Administration degree from Telfer (2013), and Masters of Project Management certification from Sprott (2010) and holds PMP & ITIL foundation designations.

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TeachesVaccinations, Volunteers & Fundraisers - What You Need to Know

Fully bilingual, Patrick works with public and private sector clients in all aspects of labour and employment law, helping employers solve a wide variety of workplace issues. He also works in the areas of education law, civil litigation, privacy law, human rights law, administrative law and corporate governance of Not-For-Profit organizations.

Patrick graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Ottawa French Common Law Program in 2019 and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2020. During law school, Patrick was a teaching assistant in Alternative Dispute Resolution, a research assistant to the Vice-Dean of the French Common Law Program, and was a member of the Dean’s Honour List for academic excellence. Patrick was also highly involved in the Faculty’s community as a co-founder of the student newspaper, an executive member of a number of student groups, including the Common Law Student Society, and was an active student mentor.

Patrick is very active in the community and participates in countless fundraising and charitable events. He particularly works with numerous organizations in the Ottawa community on issues relating to youth poverty and civic engagement. He has been recognized by a number of organizations, levels of government, and stakeholders for his community work, including the Ontario Ministry of Education, the Governor General of Canada, United Way Ottawa, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, l’Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario, and the World Economic Forum.

Patrick is a member of the Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers, the Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario, the County of Carleton Law Association and the Canadian Bar Association.


Claudia von Zweck

Teaches: Board Governance

Claudia is an occupational therapist in private practice in Ottawa. She has diverse governance experience with not-for-profit organizations as a senior executive as well as through volunteer roles with a number of community agencies. Claudia was the corporate secretary on the VO Board from 2014-2020 and she currently serves as the project lead for several initiatives of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.

Claudia holds a Master’s of Science degree in Epidemiology and Doctorate in Rehabilitation Science from Queen’s University. She teaches in the Masters of Rehabilitation Science Program with the University of British Columbia and holds appointments as a Clinical Assistant Professor with both McMaster University and the University of British Columbia. 

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Teaches: Introductory WordPress for Non-Profits

zenideas_logo.pngThe Designer and Speaker at Zen Ideas, Osamu Wakabayashi has over 15 years of experience as a marketing and communication manager in both private and public sectors. In addition to his design talent and passion for creating graphic design, enriching brand development, Osamu focuses his expertise in delivering seminars/workshops to the business community and assisting them in developing WordPress websites, presentation and marketing strategies.