Executive Director: Carine Strong
Director of Operations: Marina Campos
Manager, Community Engagement: Shaminda Perera
Coordinator, Community Engagement: Ebony Wright | Coordinator, Office and Referral (Mississauga Centre): Madhuri Payidiparty
Coordinator, Marketing and Communications: Faisal Ikram | Administrative Assistant: Shilpa Kapdia
Member Relations and Learning Centre Consultant: Tammy Elliot | Consultant, Fund Development: Jane Scognamillo
Carine Strong, Executive Director
Carine joined 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 Region of Peel 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 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) every Saturday, 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.
Ebony Wright, Coordinator, Community Engagement
Ebony began exploring the voluntary sector in the summer of 2011 after having completed her Bachelors in Law & Society and International Development Studies from York University. Like many university graduates, she had found that her education gave her a lot of knowledge but no skills that she could put to use in search of an employment opportunity. With interests in helping new immigrants and assisting with government programs, Ebony began seeking out opportunities where she could gain administrative experience but also be of service to others.
In July 2012, she joined Volunteer MBC as a Volunteer Engagement Assistant and began participating in the Canada Revenue Agency's Community Volunteer Income Tax Program. Due to her interest in helping others access government programs and services she sought to broaden her knowledge of government operations and joined the Public Administration Program at Humber College, graduating with Honours in August 2013. Throughout the program, Ebony learned that the non-profit sector provides the biggest value to government, being entrusted with administering various front line programs and services that serve the needs of her community. With that in mind, Ebony hopes to remain engaged with the non-profit sector in any capacity whilst also volunteering to continue broadening her skill set, build a social and professional network, and contribute to a greater appreciation of the benefits of volunteering for mental health, self- exploration, and community knowledge and awareness.
Her passion for volunteering has led her to be engaged in various experiences across the Region of Peel. Presently, Ebony volunteers as a Sistering Mentor at Catholic Family Services of Peel-Dufferin, Helpline and ONTX responder at Spectra Community Support Services, and Youth Justice Committee Volunteer at Associated Youth Services of Peel. She is also engaged as a Listener at 7 Cups of Tea, an international online emotional health and well-being service. She recently completed the Volunteer Management certificate program at Fleming College in 2015, and is working towards a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University, New Brunswick. Her specializations include crisis and trauma counselling, addictions counselling, and career and work counselling
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, Community Engagement
Currently, Shaminda is Volunteer MBC’s Manager of Community Engagement. His major portfolio is the Volunteer Referral Service, our centre’s core service which connects anyone looking to volunteer to meaningful volunteer opportunities across the Region of Peel. In 2010, as soon as he immigrated to Canada, he started volunteering by connecting with TransformNation Community Services. He continued in the nonprofit and voluntary sector when he was employed by Volunteer MBC in 2011 as the Referral Specialist. Since then he has embraced the sector.
Shaminda has over a decade of experience as an adult educator and program developer. Engaging his skills as an adult educator, 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 (TSEB)” for Volunteer MBC as a tool to help nonprofit and charitable organizations to build a culture of service excellence in their organizations. 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’s 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 currently serving as the Club's 1st Vice President and Secretary. 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.
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, Coordinator, 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 Elliot, 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 is a proud member of the Leadership Team for the Exchange, Caledon’s Community Hub.
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.