Our Team

Executive Director: Carine Strong                        

Director of Operations: Marina Campos

Manager of Learning and Resource Development: Shaminda Perera

Manager of Strategic Community Engagement: Julia De Paz

Coordinator, Office and Referral (Mississauga Centre): Madhuri Payidiparty 

Specialist, Marketing and Communications: Faisal Ikram | Administrative Assistant: Shilpa Kapdia

Member Relations and Learning Centre Consultant: Tammy Elliott | Consultant, Fund Development: Jane Scognamillo

Carine Strong, Executive Director

Carine started Volunteer MBC in September 2008 and brought to the Centre a 30-year history in progressively senior management positions in the field of Customer and Community Relations, Corporate Social Responsibility, Marketing & Communications Travel/Event Management and Global Purchasing with Husky Injection Molding Systems.

Carine learned a life lesson around community and caring early in life, from her Father, who demonstrated that same sense of responsibility around giving back and who reminded Carine as she left for Canada as a young bride to “always be kind and make sure you help people.” And that’s just what Carine does now in her role as the Executive Director of Volunteer MBC, the Volunteer Centre for the Peel Region dedicated to connecting, serving and helping people. Philosophically, Carine describes Volunteer MBC as “a conduit for good,” as the matchmaker…connecting people to community organizations where they can help others and where in turn, they end up helping themselves. 
 
Carine has dedicated her personal life to volunteering and she spends approximately 60 hours a month on trying to make a difference in her community. In that capacity, she has been a dedicated board member of Caledon Community Services since 2005 and currently serves as the past Board Chair. Carine is also an active environmentalist and as a volunteer she can be found at Evolve, a second hand clothing store (a social enterprise program of CCS) on Saturdays, where she has a chance to contribute to saving the environment while at the same time generating funding to support the residents in need in Caledon.
 
Baking and cooking are passions Carine uses to care for people and make them feel good. She spends many evenings and week-ends preparing the catering for all the workshops for Volunteer MBC, committee meetings she attends and she brings home-baked goodies wherever she volunteers. She is a Board Director of Community Door and currently serves on the Executive in her role as Secretary. Carine is also a Steering Committee member and past Chair with the Ontario Volunteer Centre Network (OVCN), which is a network of 25 Volunteer Centres in the province of Ontario and sits on the Leadership team for the Exchange, a collaborative of 15 non-profit organizations who work together to enrich the Caledon community.

Madhuri Payidiparty, Office & Referral Coordinator (Volunteer MBC - Mississauga Centre)

Madhuri came to Canada "the land of opportunities" 8 years ago with her family and wanted to start her career in the financial field. Unfortunately, she experienced a rough time with lots of ups and down during her career search and decided to go back to school to gain a Canadian education. During that time, she also started her volunteer career as an Office Administrative Assistant in September 2010 with Volunteer MBC. As a volunteer with the Centre, she received on-going support and training from her colleagues and felt that Volunteer MBC was a great place to work and learn. She enjoyed learning new skills with the guidance of her senior colleagues.

In February 2012, Madhuri was hired as the Office and Referral Coordinator to oversee Volunteer MBC's Mississauga Centre. She believes that the highlight of her role has been that she is able to help people like herself, new immigrants to Canada, students, as well as seniors who are lonely, in finding the right volunteer opportunity with community service agencies. "It's easy to say people should believe in themselves, but believing is incomplete without recognition," says Madhuri. "In my case, because of Volunteer MBC my career change wouldn't have been possible without volunteering. I will encourage my two daughters, friends and my community to participate in volunteering which will help to make the world a better place to live in."

Marina Campos, Director, Operations

Marina is a true example of how a volunteer opportunity could turn into a life-changing career. Having arrived in Canada just a mere few years ago with her family, Marina engaged herself in volunteer opportunities to gain Canadian work experience and to create a solid social network. She volunteered with the Social Planning Council of Peel and assisted with the preparation and finalization of statistical data for a research study, Portraits of Peel 2006. Shortly thereafter, she joined Volunteer MBC as our Administrative Assistant and has greatly assisted with building the foundation for our Centre.

Marina brings to the Centre a 25 year career which first began as an English and History teacher in Goa. She pursued her teaching career in Nairobi Kenya, then transitioning into the corporate world with an independent marketing company for Apple Computers in Dubai where she worked her way through various positions up to management. Marina commits herself to helping others in any way that she possibly can and conveys and shares this dedication with those around her.

Shaminda Perera, Manager, Learning & Resource Development

Shaminda is Volunteer MBC’s Manager of Learning & Resource Development. His major portfolio encompasses the centre’s Volunteer Referral Service, technology optimization, and the Volunteer MBC Learning Centre. He is involved with the not-for-profit sector since 2011. He is the designer and developer of the Volunteer Centre's, learning management system called Vetch (www.vetch.ca).

Shaminda has over a decade of experience as a workplace learning & development professional with expertise in instructional systems design, program development, program implementation and facilitation, and evaluation. In 2012 and 2013 he was called upon by Volunteer MBC, on behalf of Ontario Volunteer Centre Network (OVCN), to conduct the train-the-trainer model of Volunteer Canada’s "Volunteer Screening Training” to Volunteer Centres across the Province of Ontario. In 2012, he also developed “The Service Excellence Blueprint (SEB)” for Volunteer MBC as a tool to help not-for-profit organizations to build a culture of service excellence within the organization. Volunteer MBC’s “Service Excellence” workshops are based on this blueprint. He also developed Volunteer MBC's "Youth Leadership Education and Development (Youth LEaD)" program which provides skills to youth in project planning, leadership, service excellence, and volunteer engagement. Shaminda is the lead trainer in Peel Region for the Achieve-Ontario’ program (formerly ‘PREB-Ontario’). His lifelong interest is to help people learn and grow, and is passionate about assisting youth in realizing their true potential.
 
He is a proud member of the Mississauga Cooksville Lions Club. At present, he is working towards his Master of Education in Adult Education degree at Yorkville University, New Brunswick. His research interest is Knowledge Management in the not-for-profit sector.”
 

Julia De Paz, Manager, Strategic Community Engagement

Julia is the newest member of the Volunteer MBC team. She obtained an Elementary School Teacher degree in Guatemala and worked in the education field there for a few years while raising a family. She immigrated to Canada in 1997 and settled in the city of London. As soon as she was able to communicate in English she started volunteering.  That experience made a huge impact in her life as it reaffirmed her self-esteem, and provided her with the opportunity to participate in her community and to make a difference in the lives of others. Because of this, she became passionate about the benefits of volunteering. She completed a Volunteer Management program at Fanshawe College in London, and obtained a position as Coordinator of volunteers at Chelsey Park Retirement and Nursing Home.  

During her time in that position she initiated several volunteer-led programs that improved the quality of life of many seniors, including a Customer Services Program, an Annual Education Program for staff and volunteers, and a Diversity Fair.  In 2010 she was hired by the Canadian Cancer Society as Community Services Coordinator, where she managed a portfolio of volunteer programs including volunteer-driver, peer-support, a prevention teams and two youth groups. Her passion for healthy living inspired her to create a very effective prevention outreach program that built and nurtured several community partnerships and reached out to many minority groups with the message of cancer prevention. After a few years Julia’s role changed to Volunteer Engagement Coordinator where she continue to lead volunteers in implementing various events and  campaigns. In 2007, she obtained a three-year Volunteer Management Certification from PAVRO (Professional Association of Volunteer Leaders) and has served in the leadership Executive Team for LAVA (London Association for Volunteer Administration) in various capacities.
 
Throughout the years, Julia’s passion for learning and inclusion motivated her to obtain various certifications: Adult Education certificate from the Ontario Hospital Association; Marketing Certificate from Fanshawe College; Indigenous Cultural Competency certificate from Ontario Core ICC Health; Project Management Essentials certificate from Western University; and most recently, Intercultural Competency training certificate from Cross Cultural Learner Centre. With her solid 14 years of volunteer management experience, Julia has been a strong advocate for this profession and is committed to continue assisting volunteer manager professionals to be successful in their roles. She is an active volunteer in her community, where her passion for the environment and for healthy living has led to her involvement in many projects such as community gardens, tree-planting, fundraising events, and as a life-coach for women. Julia continues to expand her knowledge and understanding in the areas of diversity and inclusion, and hopes to become more involved in the public service field. She truly believes in Margaret Mead’s famous quote: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”

Shilpa Kapadia, Administrative Assistant

Shilpa earned her Bachelors of Commerce from Hassaram Rijhumal College of Commerce & Economics in Mumbai, India. She also received her Certification in Human Resources Management from Ryerson University in Toronto.

Back in India, Shilpa worked extensively in sales with an export house and briefly moved on to work with an executive search firm. She also volunteered as Honorable Secretary for the National Sponsorship Council, a not-for-profit organization which works to provide sponsored education for underprivileged children in India. Shilpa spent four years at IKEA Canada initially with the Customer Service Department and then with Payroll.

For the past two years she volunteered at Volunteer MBC and assisted with coordinating outreach activities and providing support to the Referral Unit in an administrative capacity. Shilpa is now a part-time staff member and holds the position of Administrative Assistant.

Faisal Ikram, Specialist, Marketing and Communications

Faisal is a communications professional and a member of International Association of Business  Communicators (IABC), with more than seven years of experience in strategic communications, public relations, digital communications and marketing communications. 
 
Faisal is a published scholar with a Masters degree in Communications Management from DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University, Canada. He also holds a Master of Mass Communication from one of India’s premier media schools. 
 
Faisal also has extensive experience in journalism, marketing research and brand management for small medium enterprises and post secondary institutions. His recent project has helped to create a better understanding of reputation management in the Middle East. The research conducted helped to create a model of corporate reputation management for North-American organizations doing businesses in the GCC countries.
 
Jane Scognamillo, Consultant, Fund Development
 
Jane volunteered extensively within schools and sports clubs in her native country of England, specializing in supporting special needs students within mainstream classrooms. Landing in Canada with her family 11 years ago, she continued this passion within her new community of Caledon by immersing herself within the local schools, sports clubs and fundraising events. The family’s proudest moment was when the Caledon community came together to support their daughter’s swims across two Great Lakes, raising $54,000 for SickKids Hospital, and $5000 for Headwaters Healthcare. Jane is now even more determined to give back to her local communities, with a particular interest in enriching the lives of youths, providing them with leadership opportunities and encouraging them to overcome challenges and reach for their dreams.
 
Jane’s career originally began in IT Operations, but she decided to be a ‘stay-at-home’ mom while she raised her children. However, Jane still continued to volunteer, run a home-based tuition business for children struggling in school, and volunteered as a preschool chairperson for several years. The wide range of skills acquired through volunteerism eventually resulted in a new career for her as an Event Planner and Fundraiser. She began volunteering on the Volunteer MBC Events Committee in 2016, assisting with the successful inaugural V-Oscars Gala that recognizes outstanding service provided by volunteers within the Peel region. With her strong belief in the importance of the voluntary sector, Jane was thrilled to be offered a position with Volunteer MBC as the Fund Development Consultant assigned with implementing their Fund Development Plan to ensure future sustainability for this great organization.  
 
Jane’s limited spare time is now filled by her desire to finally attain that degree she has coveted for many years, plus caring for her free-range organic chickens. She enjoys organic gardening, has a passion for wildlife photography, and plans to return to her hobby of flying light aircraft in the near future.

Tammy Elliott, Member Relations and Learning Centre Consultant

As a proven community leader, professionally trained facilitator and authentic leadership expert, Tammy has an innate ability to build a sense of community around a cause she cares deeply about.  

After a 20-year career in corporate sales, Tammy resigned to be a full-time mom and student. While completing formal training in Leadership Coaching and Adult Learning Theories, she formed Caledon’s Leadership Forum for Women. “The Forum” is a volunteer initiative that consistently attracts a large audience of heart-centred professionals who share a passion for authentic leadership and women’s empowerment. The proceeds from the bi-monthly events are donated to local leadership programs for girls. During her career at Bell Canada, she eagerly volunteered for community give back roles such as the Junior Achievement and United Way programs. She often volunteers for Caledon's Community Hub on action committees and at community events.
 
Tammy believes when a community of caring individuals come together for a common cause, anything is possible.  It is for this reason she joined the Volunteer MBC Team, promoting compassionate, connected communities through volunteerism.