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On November 5, we take time to recognize volunteer leaders as we celebrate International Volunteer Managers Day. This year the Volunteer Halton team had an opportunity to meet and chat with a number of volunteer leaders, who shared their journeys about volunteering and how it’s an essential part of their lives. Volunteer Halton is excited to introduce inspiring Volunteer Leaders!

Meet Heather Thompson, a Director of Age-Friendly Initiatives at Community Development Halton. Heather was just 13 years old when she first took on a volunteer role. Inspired by her family and the people in her community, Heather has dedicated her whole life to volunteering. 

Learn more about Heather’s journey in this video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXFgokXTtbs

Meet Lorna Wilson, one of the incredible volunteer leaders we had an opportunity to chat with. Actively looking forward to passing down her knowledge to others, Lorna works as a volunteer and membership coordinator at Country Heritage Park. Her passion for what she does and enjoyment of being surrounded by like-minded people made her an incredible leader and inspiration for many volunteers.  

Watch the interview to learn more about Lorna’s journey as a leader of volunteers – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPoAxcXN8gQ

Meet Sue Alksnis, a Volunteer and Fundraising Manager at Burlington Green. This community-driven charity contributes to tackling climate change and focuses on making the city of Burlington more environmentally responsible. 

In this interview, Sue shared her insight on what it takes to be a volunteer leader and her proudest accomplishment as a volunteer engagement professional – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFaiyJAnMco

Meet Diana Berriman, the Program Director at Oakville Strokers, a community initiative for stroke survivors. Diana joined the organization in 2007 and was invited to join the Board as the Volunteer Representative later that year. 

Diana takes pride in everything she does and knows what it takes to be a leader in the volunteering community. She places tremendous value on the ability to give positive direction and encouragement while being supportive.