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

TBAVA is a professional association for individuals working with volunteers in the community.

Contact Us


Address: PO Box 29126 Thunder Bay, ON P7B 6P9

  • Nicole Croes –
    President |  nicolec@thunderbay.org
  •  Ashley Fratpietro –
    Vice President |afratpeitro@wesway.com
  • Tessa Hettrick –
    Past President | Tessa.Hettrick@thunderbay.ca
  • Samantha Stovel –
    Secretary | samantha.stovel@thunderbay.ca
  • Karen Shaffer –
    Treasurer & Membership Registrar | shafferk@tbh.net
  • Ashley Fratpietro – Social Media Management – afratpeitro@wesway.com
  • Ashley Bosnick-Kokocinski – PAVR-O/AVA liaison/VMPC
  • Donna Jeanpierre & Ben Albert – Professional Development |
  • Ashley Fratpietro & Tessa Hettrick – National Volunteer Week

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 involved in the administration of volunteers or for organizations with multi sites. This membership ($100) allows up to 3 members from your organization to attend meeting, professional development sessions as well as three votes on motions at meetings.

The 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

2023 TBAVA Meetings & Professional Development Calendar 

Invitations will be sent to all TBAVA members. Online options may still be an option.