Thunder Bay Association of Volunteer Administrators
Networking, Collective Voice, Promotion of Volunteer Management, Professional Development and Resource Sharing

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Contact Us

TBAVA PO Box 29126 Thunder Bay, ON P7B 6P9 admin@thunderbayava.com   TBAVA Executive President Donna Jeanpierre – (TBRHSC) Manager Volunteer Services Vice President Terrence Yahn – (VTB) Executive Director Past President Brendan Carlin – (RFDA) Community Service Manager Secretary Sharon Luhtala – Red Cross sharon.luhtala@redcross.ca Membership/Registrar Charmaine Cades – Children’s Aid Society PAVR-O ~ AVA liaison, Chair of Professional Development Anna Grenier – St. Joseph’s Care Group Chair National Volunteer Week Leah Parent – Our Kids Count Ashley Fratpietro – Wesway Social Media Ashley Fratpietro – Wesway afratpietro@wesway.com

Thunder Bay Association of Volunteer Administrators

About Us

What is TBAVA? Thunder Bay Association of Volunteer Administrators is an association dedicated to strengthening volunteerism. We believe that volunteers enhance the quality of life in our community. On June 5th, 1981, the first meeting was held and volunteer organizers founded TBAVA. Mission Statement Our mission is to represent and support Volunteer Administrators of Thunder Bay in their diverse roles and settings, through communication, professional development, public relations and advocacy to achieve excellence in the profession. Our History In 1979/80, the Volunteer Action Centre of Thunder Bay sponsored a workshop for managers of volunteer programs. This sparked interest for the group to meet for education and information sharing. The first meeting took place on June 5th, 1981, where local volunteer organizers met and founded the “Committee for the Development Volunteer Organizers” (CDVO). A year later a constitution was developed. On February 3rd, 1984, CDVO voted to change the name of the organization to Thunder Bay Association of Volunteer Administrators (TBAVA). The basic format of a professional development session followed by a business meeting has been maintained over the years.  

TBAVA Membership

Membership Benefits

  • Gain professional knowledge in volunteer administration
  • Sharpen your leadership skills
  • Network with professionals in the field
  • Attend annual district wide training workshops and conferences for reduced fees
  • Informative meetings
  • Professional development sessions on the administration of volunteer resources
  • Connection with the provincial and national volunteer associations (PAVR-O/CAVR) through our affiliate agreement
  • Discounted memberships to the Professional Association of Volunteer Resources – Ontario and Canadian Association of Volunteer Resources (CAVR) for local TBAVA members
  • Formal recognition of volunteers at our annual “TBAVA Salute to Volunteers” award ceremony
  • Experience working with local and regional organizations and associations
  • Agency profile in the Volunteer Opportunities Booklet which is distributed city wide
  • Collective voice on volunteerism in the community during National Volunteer Week
  • Membership Directory giving you contact information and access to current members

Interested in becoming a member? There are two membership options – individual or group memberships:

  • Option 1 – Individual membership ($50.00) The individual membership entitles you to represent your agency at meetings, one vote on motions at meetings and involvement in professional development sessions.
  • Option 2- Group Membership ($100.00) The group membership is designed for agencies that have more than one person working with volunteers. This membership allows up to 3 members from your organization to attend meetings and professional development sessions as well as three votes on motions at meetings.

Membership year runs from October 1st until September 30th. To apply, complete and mail the application form with a cheque payable to TBAVA. TBAVA Application Form Become a TBAVA Member TBAVA is dedicated to advocacy for the effective management of volunteers, professional development, support for administrators of volunteers and increasing knowledge about community issues related to volunteerism. Membership is open to those who supervise or manage volunteers in our community.

Opportunities for Members: Get involved in TBAVA by volunteering to serve on one of our many committees, or even get nominated to the executive for a term!  

Monthly Meetings

 Thunder Bay Association of Volunteer Administrators (TBAVA)

  1. There is no regular meeting scheduled for April 2019 due to Volunteer Week activities. 
    DATE: N/A 
    TIME: 9:00 am – 10:00 am
    Location: Held at the RFDA Building, 570 S. Syndicate Avenue
    Please email Anna Grenier if you plan to attend; greniera@tbh.net

  2. Upcoming Event: 2019 National Volunteer Week
    2019 National Volunteer Week Campaign Introduction;
    The Volunteer Factor – Lifiting Communities

    DATE(S): April 7th – 13th, 2019
    Please join us and invite your volunteers to the 2019 National Volunteer Week Flag Raising Ceremony on
  3. April 8th, 2019
    TIME: 10:00 am
    Location: City Hall lobby.