Your Connection to Canada’s Volunteering Community

Staff

Volunteer Canada Team

At Volunteer Canada, we’re passionate about community involvement. Our diverse team brings a range of knowledge, skills and experience to strengthen volunteering in Canada.

To connect with us, visit our Contact Us page.

 

Executive

Paula Speevak  – President and CEO

Paula Speevak joined Volunteer Canada after serving as the Managing Director of Carleton University’s Centre for Voluntary Sector Research and Development.

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At Carleton, in the School of Public Policy and Administration, she taught a graduate course in Non-Profit Management, and at the University of Ottawa she taught undergraduate courses in Governance in the Voluntary Sector and Community Service-Learning. Prior to her focus on applied research, Paula enjoyed a 24-year career as a practitioner and senior manager in the non-profit and voluntary sector in both institutional and community-based settings, in Montréal, Ottawa and on pan-Canadian initiatives. She holds a Master of Management Degree from McGill University in the McGill-McConnell Program for National Voluntary Sector Leaders.

Finance and Administration

Marketing and Communications

Lainie Towell  – Director, Innovation and Public Engagement

Lainie joined Volunteer Canada after working at Imagine Canada as a Project Manager. Her work as a professional artist and producer influences her zeal for transforming abstract concepts into straightforward, moving and engaging experiences.

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Lainie joined Volunteer Canada after working at Imagine Canada as a Project Manager. Her work as a professional artist and producer influences her zeal for transforming abstract concepts into straightforward, moving and engaging experiences. Lainie combines her knowledge of the voluntary sector with her passion for using art as a vehicle for communication to create innovative campaigns.

Corporate Citizenship and Fund Development

Elizabeth Dove  – Director, Corporate Citizenship

Elizabeth is a tri-sector leader, specializing in social impact strategies that engage businesses, non-profit organizations and governments. She has worked as senior staff and consultant on advancing a wide range of issues: health, empowerment of women and youth, the arts, and international development.

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Elizabeth is a tri-sector leader, specializing in social impact strategies that engage businesses, non-profit organizations and governments. She has worked as senior staff and consultant on advancing a wide range of issues: health, empowerment of women and youth, the arts, and international development. Passionate about the power of collaboration, she focuses on bringing together actors from different sectors to create value for their organizations and the broader community.

Through her leadership as a consultant, facilitator, and manager, young adults better understand themselves and their world through volunteering at home and abroad, citizens and the government more easily dialogue on foreign aid, banks have adopted new ways to support Aboriginal peoples, and international development organizations have found new ways to partner with business. As a part-time professor at Humber College, Elizabeth has designed and taught courses in management, training, and strategic planning skills for NGO students. Most recently, Elizabeth has been working as a consultant, supporting non-profit and business clients to work across sectors and collaborate with diverse stakeholders to create business and social impact. 

  • Elizabeth holds a B.A. in International Development and Consumer Studies from the University of Guelph and the McGill-McConnell Master of Management for National Voluntary (Non-Profit) Sector Leaders.
  • In 2012, she was a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work on social justice issues.
  • Elizabeth is also Mom to two young daughters who mostly-willingly join her to ‘sleep out for Syrians’, referee community ping pong tournament fundraisers and vote as a part of their citizenship education.

Programs and Policy

Membership

Leigha McCarroll  – Membership and Outreach Officer

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