Our Staff

 

Our Staff 

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

Aynalem, Martha - Chief Financial Officer

 

 

 


Conway, Dr. Megan - President and CEO 

Megan Conway

Megan Conway loves sparking creativity, curiosity and capacity across teams, organizations and networks to mobilize social change.  With twenty years of diverse leadership roles in government and the charitable, voluntary and academic sectors, Megan has been recognized for her ability to scale innovation, to use evaluative thinking to build and adapt programs, and as a systems change champion.  

Dr. Conway earned her PhD at the University of Waterloo in Urban Planning with a focus on community development and scaling social innovations across sites and scales. Megan is most proud, professionally, of her efforts to create systems that enable youth participation, equity and achievement.  Starting as a volunteer in Regent Park, she spent over a decade as a senior leader within Pathways to Education—launching the Kitchener program and then becoming the National Vice President of Programs and Research.  She is also the Co-Founder of the Laurier School in the Community, a unique service-learning offering option at Laurier. Megan spent eight years as the Academic Chair of Health and Community Programs at Algonquin College in the Ottawa Valley where she launched a Rural Enterprise Hub and managed a diverse professional team of 100 faculty to enable student success.  

Currently Megan serves as an Executive in Residence at Capacity Canada and as a Fellow at Carleton University’s School of Public Administration and Policy where she leads international research on charitable sector capacity building and place-based change. Megan loves the snow and any chance she can to get on to a bicycle.  She lives with her husband and two young children in the Ottawa Valley.  


De Luca, Monja - Administrative Coordinator, Membership and Finance 

Monja is an energetic and highly organized professional with over 18 years of experience leading, managing, and motivating teams.  She has a demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities within tight timelines and has strong experience building and stewarding relationships, providing exceptional customer service, and overseeing project and event deliverables.  


Lubelsky, Chad - Vice-President, Strategy, Impact and Development

Chad LubelskyChad Lubelsky has 20+ years experience designing and implementing programs that support and elevate belonging and inclusion. Currently on leave from the McConnell Foundation, Chad most recently was the Acting Chief Program Officer. During his time at McConnell Chad led various portfolios including public interest journalism, education, arts and social inclusion, social innovation capacity building and inclusive community building.

Prior to joining the McConnell Foundation, Chad was the Executive Director of Santropol Roulant; developed leadership and community engagement programs for the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation; worked as an Assignment Editor for NBC news in San Francisco; managed global Internet Rights advocacy for the South African based Association for Progressive Communications; and was a Founding Trustee of the Montreal Awesome Foundation.  

A dedicated and active volunteer, Chad was the co-Chair of Universities Canada’s Social Impact Advisory Group, and a Board Member with Apathy is Boring and l’Abri en Ville. Chad is currently the Chair of the Board for Open North, a member of the Advisory Committee at the Concordia University’s Shift Centre for Social Transformation and a regular meal on wheels volunteer.

Chad holds a BA in Communications & Master Degrees in Communications and Leadership. 


Olsheski, Alyson - Manager, Membership and Communications (on parental leave)

Alyson Olsheki

Alyson has over 13 years in communications and relationship management throughout the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Her education, work and volunteer experiences have taken her from Nova Scotia to British Columbia, the Ottawa Valley and Toronto with a focus on event management, community outreach and volunteer engagement. 

Alyson has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Sociology from St. Francis Xavier University, a Post-graduate Certificate in Public Relations from Humber College and a Graduate Certificate in Sport and Event Marketing from George Brown College.

She currently resides in Waterloo, ON where she enjoys exploring the local markets and trails. Alyson understands the importance of building connection and empathy and loves to see how volunteering strengthens communities across the country.  


Perera, Shaminda, MEd. - Knowledge, Practice and Learning Lead

Shaminda Perera is Volunteer Canada’s Knowledge, Practice and Learning Lead. He leads an innovative and future-focused portfolio that works across the organization and our diverse stakeholders to build and deliver a learning agenda that strengthen Canada’s volunteering infrastructure.

His passion is to help others learn and grow with over 2 decades of experience as a Performance and Learning professional. Since 2012, he has been leading learning initiatives to support not-for-profit organizations and community groups to apply best practices in volunteer involvement. He specializes in strategizing system-wide competency frameworks, knowledge management, innovating learning, leading communities of practice, and volunteer management.

Shaminda holds a Master of Education in Adult Education degree from Yorkville University, New Brunswick. His thesis focused on building learning organizations in the social impact sector.

He gives back to the community through volunteering and philanthropy with the Lions Club International since 2015. Currently, he serves as the President of his home club - the Mississauga Cooksville Lions Club. Shaminda is always happy to share how volunteering helped him succeed in Canada.


Rusiniak, Renata - Acting Director, Corporate Citizenship

Renata is an employer brand builder fueled by a desire to foster connected corporate cultures and extra-engaged employees. With a blended background in human resources, marketing, communications, and environmental social governance, Renata is well-positioned to engage audiences with authentic storytelling about people, programs, and social impact. She has worked across multiple business sectors including cybersecurity (eSentire), finance (Manulife), technology devices (BlackBerry and L3-Wescam), and food (Cadbury-Schweppes) within Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Her 20 years of corporate experience has led Renata to her next career chapter as the Director and Founder of Green Horseshoe Solutions – enabling companies to build their employer branding through revitalizing engagement programs, forging community partnerships, instituting ESG practices, and communicating impacts that matter. Renata holds an honours BA from the University of Waterloo and a Certificate of Community Involvement from Boston College Centre for Corporate Citizenship. She is a certified Corporate Social Responsibility Practitioner and believes that investing in people and the planet paves the way for profits. 

Originally from Hamilton and currently residing in Guelph with her husband and two sons, Renata is active in her local community. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada, advises as part of the Strategy Committee for the Guelph Community Foundation, and mentors social enterprises at Innovation Guelph. Previously, Renata has served as a Board Director with the Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce (including 2 terms as Chair of the Board) and Leadership Waterloo, mentored with Women in Communication and Technology (WCT), served as a member of the University of Waterloo Alumni Council and volunteered her time in the equine community with Equine Guelph. Renata is an avid skier, equestrian, and general advocate of all things outdoorsy.


Tassie, Danielle - Specialist, Communications

Danielle has over 20 years experience working with environmental & volunteer organizations with particular focus on communications, social media management, and partnership development. She has worked with federal & provincial governments as well as small scale non-profits. 

Danielle has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental & Resource Management from Trent University & Diplomas in Ecosystem Management from Fleming College.  She is passionate about both non-profits & the environment.  Her career and volunteer work has led her to working with turtles, native plants, Great Lakes fisheries, Cambodian wildlife issues, species at risk; often with a focus on organizational capacity development. 

Danielle lives in Peterborough Ontario, with her spouse, young son & their house full of birds, fish, reptiles, & a hound dog.  She loves running and kayaking in Peterborough’s Little Lake with her family. 


Vandenberg, David - Specialist, Corporate Citizenship

Photo David VandenbergDavid Vandenberg is a community builder and social impact specialist focused on strategic partnership development that drives actionable results for stakeholders. David has held roles at Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities, Burlington's Emergency Meal Program, and Crestview Strategy. 

David is experienced in non-profit management, government relations, strategic planning, and DEI best practices. He has advised and consulted elected officials, various levels of government, and organizations on a wide variety of community engagement strategies, major projects, policy design, and fundraising campaigns. 

David is presently a Director of the Halton Women’s Place, an Advisory Board member of the Compassion Society of Halton and advising the City of Burlington on their Housing Task Force. 

David holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from McMaster University, a Not-for-Profit Leadership and Management Certificate from Mohawk College, was named a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International in 2021 and was awarded the Platinum Jubilee Medal of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by the Government of Canada in 2022 for community service.