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Volunteer Canada’s Board of Directors Welcomes Paula Speevak as their new CEO

Oct 27, 2014

Volunteer Canada’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Paula Speevak as President and CEO.  
With over 25 years experience in the charitable and non-profit sector, Paula’s roots are in the volunteer centre movement. She joined Volunteer Canada in 2010 to develop a robust research program and to create capacity-building tools on volunteer engagement. The 2012 Screening Handbook, Skills-Plus, and the recently released primer on employer-supported volunteering continue to be our most popular resources.
Paula’s direct experience in the sector and strong connections with key players has helped Volunteer Canada to convene several dynamic public policy dialogues. Dialogues that focus on the role that volunteering plays in helping Canadians and communities reach their potential.  
In 2013, Paula was Acting CEO at Volunteer Canada for 7 months. During that time she laid the foundation to create a more sustainable model for the organization. Today, Volunteer Canada is well positioned to continue to provide leadership. Specifically in the areas of strengthening our country’s volunteering network, as well as increasing the rate, quality and diversity of volunteering in Canada.  
“Looking ahead to pursuing the many opportunities before us, I am energized by working with our dynamic leadership team, dedicated board of directors, diverse network of more than 200 community volunteer centres, and all of Volunteer Canada’s key partners. This includes our long-standing colleagues in the government, education, non-profit and business sectors,” says Paula.  
Volunteer Canada’s board of directors is enthusiastic about the future. “Under Paula’s leadership, Volunteer Canada will continue to strengthen the charitable and non-profit sector by facilitating the promotion, celebration and recognition of volunteers, along with building capacity through new tools and research,” says Lawrie Portigal, Board Chair. “Our work impacts Canadians from coast to coast and helps them to build healthy and resilient communities.”