Jessica Pang-Parks is highly skilled at and incredibly passionate about stewarding relationships, coaching and mentoring others, and developing and improving processes. She is the recipient of the 2021 Alison Caird Young Leader Award in recognition of her leadership and excellence in volunteer engagement.
Welcome to LearnWithJPP.com: Jessica's professional blog. With 13+ years of experience as a leader of volunteers at both small and large organizations, Jessica has proven success at providing subject matter expertise and leading volunteer engagement learning experiences. Her expertise centres around building meaningful relationships with volunteers, engaging volunteers to fundraise, and leading or supporting volunteer-run grassroots groups (e.g. small organizations that do not employ paid staff).
Jessica currently works as the Director, Volunteer Engagement and Innovation at Crohn's and Colitis Canada- a cause that is deeply meaningful to her as someone who lives with ulcerative colitis. Jessica has also held professional volunteer engagement roles at Pathways to Education Canada, the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Volunteer Toronto, and WWF-Canada.
As a volunteer engagement professional, Jessica is passionate about donating her skills and time to the sector's professional bodies. From 2020-2022, Jessica served on the Board of PAVRO (Professional Association of Volunteer Leaders- Ontario). As the 2018-2019 President of TAVA (Toronto Association for Volunteer Administration), Jessica led an executive committee to provide meaningful and relevant professional development programming to colleagues across the volunteer engagement sector.
Jessica lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with her husband Jason and her cat Junior. A lifelong learner, she loves gardening, cooking, and eating. Any opinions expressed in this blog are Jessica's own.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
"Volunteer Toronto was incredibly lucky to engage Jessica Pang-Parks for urgent consulting work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Her ability to refine our project's scope and inform a meaningful output was crucial. We expected her experience, attention to detail, and knowledge of the sector to shine through her final report. What we didn't expect was the creativity and strategic lens Jessica brought to the table, truly adding value to our project."