About Us

The Canadian Journal of Volunteer Resources Management (CJVRM) is a nonprofit publication highlighting the management of volunteer services in Canada. For more than 18 years, CJVRM has connected managers of volunteer resources throughout the country by providing a forum for sharing stories of successes and challenges in the field. We are managed by a team of volunteers, based in Ottawa, with Regional Representatives and contributors from coast to coast.

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Our History:

In 1990, when a small group discussed starting a professional journal for managers of volunteer resources, they envisioned a tool that would unite the profession across the country and provide a forum for critical thinking by encouraging experienced and new practitioners to participate.

In the very first issue, Spring 1992, Debbie Comuzzi, president of the Ontario Association for Volunteer Administration, (now PAVR-O), wrote this about the Journal:

“As it grows and develops, the Journal will publish more and more articles that will get to the meat of an issue. My hope is that it will raise questions and challenge us to reflect about our jobs and the impact the profession can have on our communities….

The Journal should explore various aspects of the profession and look at issues and trends. Hopefully, readers will feel ownership for the Journal and will feel comfortable about contributing ideas or articles. You don’t have to be a writer. The editorial committee will work with you to make your work “sound right”.

CJVRM’s Editorial Team:

We are indebted to many volunteers who have contributed to the Editorial Team and built CJVRM since its initial founding. Members of the current team are listed below.

2013 Editorial Team: Back Row L to R - Ruth Vant, Inika Anderson, Maria Redpath, Arianne Richeson: Front Row L to R :Chris Jarvis, Jennifer Campbell. Missing: Tracey Foster.

Inika Anderson is the Manager of Continuing Professional Development at the Canadian Opthalmological Society, a national organization representing specialist physicians. Inika has 15 years experience in non-profit, working with a variety of volunteers, and has significant experience writing and editing newsletters and proposals. Inika joined the editorial team in 2012.

Jennifer Campbell came to the Journal in the winter of 2007. Jennifer has a background in library science and is currently employed by the Ottawa school board. Her background and skill as an editor has been a tremendous asset to the Team.

Tracey Foster has worked in the non-profit sector for over twenty five years.  She is currently working as the Manager of International Volunteering with Cuso International.  She joined the committee in November 2013.

Chris Jarvis joined the Journal’s Team in the fall of 1992. Having watched the Journal’s progression from the beginning, Chris brings the “historical” perspective to the group and continues to provide it with a sense of continuity.

Maria Redpath is the Community Engagement Supervisor at the Canadian Cancer Society Ottawa, a board member with Citizen Advocacy and a past board member of the Ottawa Administrators of Volunteer Resources. Maria joined the editorial team in the summer of 2010.

Arianne Richeson is the Manager of Educational Services with the Distress Centre of Ottawa and Region. Arianne provides training for the Distress Centre's crisis line volunteers and throughout the community in the areas of communication, crisis intervention and suicide awareness. She joined the editorial team in 2013.

Ruth Vant joined the editorial ream in 2009 and is the current chair. Ruth has over 27 years of experience in the voluntary community in various senior positions, both as a volunteer and as a staff member, and has managed to put her editorial skills to work in almost all of them.

The Editorial Team’s responsibilities include:

  • Planning Journal content at least 3 months in advance for 3 issues per year
  • Marketing the publication to managers of volunteer resources in Canada.
  • Soliciting and selecting items for inclusion in the publication.
  • Managing the editorial processes, finances and administration of the Journal

If you live in the National Capital Region and are interested in volunteering with the Journal’s Editorial Team, please send us an email at . New members are always welcome!

Regional Representatives:

Our Regional Representatives are tasked with promoting the Journal within their communities and networks and with finding stories from the field to include in upcoming issues. Each of these energetic and committed managers of volunteer resources has encouraged their colleagues to contribute to CJVRM and have also written articles of their own.

Lindsay Baker has been leading volunteer programs for more than 13 years. She is currently the Manager of Volunteer Services at the Vancouver Aquarium and Vice President of AVRBC (Administrators of Volunteer Resources BC). Prior to her work at the Aquarium, she coordinated volunteers for 2010 Olympics-related events in Richmond. Lindsay holds a Bachelor of Arts, a diploma in Public Relations and is currently completing a Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education (UVic). In her spare time, she co-facilitates the Introduction to Volunteer Management course at Volunteer Richmond.

Stephanie Fontaine currently works in supply management at Sodexo Canada, based out of Burlington, Ontario. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and an M.B.A. from the University of Guelph. Stephanie is actively involved in the Junior League of Hamilton Burlington Inc., where she holds the position of Vice Chair of Membership and acts as a facilitator in a program to empower young women in the community.

Rita Giulione has a B.A. from Concordia University in Psychology. For the last 22 years she has been working at the McGill University Health Centre in a number of different roles. Currently she is Manager of the Volunteer Department at the Montreal General Hospital managing over 900 volunteers.

Dale Jardine currently works at St. Joseph's Health Care London as the Volunteer Coordinator at Parkwood Hospital & Regional Mental Health Care London & St. Thomas. He holds a Certificate in Volunteer Management (Fanshawe College) and a B.A. Geography from the University of Western Ontario. Dale has been a manager of volunteers for 12 years and on the executive board of LAVA for the past 11 years (including past president). In addition to his full time role, he also teaches the fundamentals of volunteer management both online and full day workshops for Fanshawe College.

From a very young age, Faiza Kanji’s parents instilled in her and her brothers a strong sense of volunteerism. They, as immigrants to Canada over 35 years ago, made a successful transition into Canadian life with the help of many kind and generous volunteers. A volunteer herself from a very young age, Faiza has successfully managed volunteers at the Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC), Youth Employment Service (YES) the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) and currently as Manager of Volunteer Services at Surrey Place Centre in Toronto. Faiza is also Program Chair of the Toronto Association for Volunteer Administrators (TAVA), member and volunteer of PAVR-O and a member of CAVR. Faiza believes strongly that a community with a sound sense of volunteerism and a committed volunteer base improves the overall quality of life and health of all its members.

Lisa Michetti currently works for Volunteer Alberta as the Membership Engagement Manager. Her projects include managing Volunteer Alberta’s growing membership, the Volunteer Police Information Check Program and VA’s data and networks. Lisa has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Alberta and she has represented Alberta and Canada as a rhythmic gymnast for over twelve years. She currently volunteers with Rhythmic Gymnastics Alberta, Edmonton Humane Society (SPCA) as well as the What Kind of World? Program with the United Nations Association. In addition Lisa is currently studying Public Relations at MacEwan University.

We are very grateful to our Regional Representatives for enriching the Journal through their knowledge, experience and impressive professional and community networks. CJVRM is always striving to share stories and learning from managers of volunteer resources throughout Canada. If you are interested in helping us to connect with your region, please send an email to .