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Young Leader Award

The PAVRO Young Leader Award was created to recognize and encourage excellence in the up and coming generation of leaders within the Volunteer Engagement profession. It acknowledges a professional, aged 35 years and younger (age 35 within calendar year award is presented) who is working directly in the profession and has demonstrated leadership and excellence in Volunteer Engagement either within their organization and/or accomplishments within the professional body (by certifying, volunteering, contributing articles, research or submissions to projects such as the Marilyn Mackenzie Innovation Pilots, etc.).

The successful recipient will receive a $100 credit towards PAVRO activities or events (Conference, workshop or membership) and a personal letter will be sent to the recipient’s supervisor to inform them of the award.

Nominate someone you know for the Young Leaders Award.  Deadline is May 5, 2017.

PDF version of the Young Leaders Award application

Congratulations to our 2016 winner

Erin Schneider

Erin demonstrates an incredible level of professionalism, building strong relationships with volunteers, and thanks to her hard work, has grown both the number of active volunteers and applicants significantly over the past two years through innovative recruitment strategies like LinkedIN postings, as well as proactive use of LinkedIN to source skilled potential candidates.

She has introduced a number of enhancements to the culture of volunteer engagement in Ontario, such as building a RAVE (Regional Assets in Volunteer Engagement) team, where a group of volunteers work with her to handle the intake and matching of volunteer applicants, and in the area of recognition by creating postcards to thank this year's event committee while at the same time having them right down words of encouragement that will be shared with next year's committee.

Erin has also been integral to our success nationally by providing input, insights and ideas into the development of more than 30 resource documents and training for volunteers, including co-facilitating one of our most popular workshops at our volunteer conference this past fall on volunteer recruitment. She was also responsible for the development and creation of several "events in a box" tool kits that took the best ideas of local events and shared them nationally with other volunteers. Feedback from volunteers and staff alike has been unanimously positive.

Past Winners of the Young Leaders Award


Year Name of Winner 
 2014Veronica Deally
 2014 Rachel Murphy
 2015 Shane Joseph
 2016 Erin Schneider