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  • Pride in Volunteering

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    Through this FREE blended learning program, you will learn strategies and explore tools on how to make your not-for-profit’s volunteer engagement more inclusive of the 2SLGBTQ+ volunteers. 

    In a recently carried out survey by the partners of the Pride in Volunteering project, volunteers identifying themselves as part of the 2SLGBTQ+ community shared concerns about the lack of safe spaces for volunteering. The Pride in Volunteering Project is the first of its kind in the Region of Peel aimed at diving deep into this challenge by supporting not-for-profit organizations with awareness, strategies, and resources to progress towards becoming more inclusive of the volunteers from the 2SLGBTQ+ community.

    Links to registration forms given below.

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  • Pride in Volunteering Learning Development Team

    Annemarie Shourder Profile Photo

    Annemarie Shrouder

    Facilitator: Supporting 2SLGBTQ+ Volunteers workshop, Becoming an Ally for 2SLGBTQ+ Volunteers workshop

    Annemarie Shrouder is an international speaker, corporate trainer, and consultant. She is committed to fairness, belonging and being a little goofy. To that end, Annemarie believes in playing fair in the sandbox and that everyone should have a place at the table – not just a seat, a place, which implies that we are valuable and valued. She is passionate about challenging people to “see more”, and assisting in the creation of organizational cultures where people can learn, be all of who they are, and can thrive. Annemarie works with diversity broadly and specializes in LGBTQ inclusion and racial equity. To learn more, please visit www.annemarieshrouder.com



    Dale Boyle Profile PhotoDale Boyle

    Content Contributor: Igniting Pride in Volunteering eLearning Module

    Dale Boyle is the Safer Spaces Consultant at the Gilbert Centre. The program works with organizations to provide professional development workshops and consultation services to create more inclusive and accessible programs and workplaces for LGBTQ clients and colleagues. Dale has worked with over 40 organizations and 2,600+ people to create Safer Spaces across Simcoe Muskoka, including health care centres, mental health organizations, and local police services.



    Devan Nambiar Profile PhotoDevan Nambiar, MSc.

    Lead Content Contributor: Igniting Pride in Volunteering eLearning Module

    Devan delivers most of RHO’s training and education.  He has been working in the LGBTQ+, ethno-racial and HIV sector for over 20 years. 

    He was a co-investigator of the national Trans*Needs Assessment Project, CAS (2015). In 2008, he was the Co-principal Investigator of Improving the Capacity of the HIV Sector to respond to the Ethno-Racial MSM: Tapping Front-Line Expertise and Wisdom, OHTN. In his previous position at the CATIE (www.catie.ca) Devan co-authored four national publications. In 1998-2002, Devan initiated an antiretroviral drug recycling program at Gov. Hospital of Thoracic Medicine, Chennai, India.

    In 2006, he was the recipient of the Canadian AIDS Society Leadership Award. In his professional capacity, Devan is a guest lecturer on LGBTQ2S+ cultural and clinical competencies for MDs, NPs, RNs, RSW, and psychologists. In addition, he lectures on Integrative medicine, provides input on CBR and has served on numerous boards and Ethics Review Board.


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    Kathleen Douglass

    Facilitator: Strategizing 2SLGBTQ+ Volunteers Engagement workshop

    Kathleen is a long time facilitator of Volunteer MBC's Board Governance series. Her subject matter expertise has been invaluable to the creation of this Board Essentials module.

    Kathleen has over 25 years of international experience working both in both the field and leadership levels with formal education in the not‐for‐profit sector. 

    Previously she was the Manager, Volunteer/Community Services with Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS), where she provided leadership to a provincial team who delivered educational health and safety programmes to Ontarians. She was also one of the architects of Humber College’s Advanced Program in Volunteer Studies and presented sessions on the Governance and Writing Policies modules along with portions of the Fundamentals program for 10 years.  

    She holds an MBA, Strategic Leadership Certificate, Voluntary Sector and Arts Diploma and Fundamentals of Volunteer Management. She is Past President on the PAVRO (Professional Administrators of Volunteer Leaders ‐ Ontario) Board of Directors and currently serves as a District Parliamentarian for Zonta International – a service organization which promotes the status of women in both local and global communities.

    Shaminda PereraShaminda Perera Profile Photo

    Instructional Systems Designer: Pride in Volunteering eLearning

    Shaminda is involved with the not-for-profit sector since 2011 and is a strong supporter of diversity and inclusion. With over 14 years of experience in all aspects of adult learning, he is a Learning and Development Strategist. He is currently the Manager of Learning & Resource Development for Volunteer MBC, heading three major portfolios; the Volunteer MBC Learning Centre, the Volunteer Referral Service, and technology integration. To the not-for-profit sector, Shaminda introduced the “Service Excellence Blueprint (SEB)” as a learning and audit tool to help not-for-profit organizations build a culture of inclusion, care, and service excellence within the organization. Shaminda is the designer, developer, and administrator of the Volunteer MBC Learning Management System, www.vetch.ca.

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    Ziva Gorani

    Facilitator: Becoming an Ally for LGBTQ2S+ Volunteers workshop

    Ziva is a Kurdish Syrian pansexual trans woman. Ziva moved to Canada in 2016 from Syria via Turkey. Working in the humanitarian sector in Turkey and Syria, Ziva developed an activist voice when she began speaking about her experience as a Kurdish Syrian queer feminist trans woman displaced by civil war and religious intolerance. Ziva works in the Peel region to increase visibility and inclusion of LGBTQ+ communities through community development and interventions to improve wellbeing.