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About

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 and the recipient of the 2023 Volunteer Management Professionals of Canada Exemplary Leader Impact Award in recognition of her contributions to the field as a mentor, leader, trainer, and advocate. 

 

With 14+ 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 non-profit 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 earned her Certified Volunteer Administrator credential in April 2023 and has facilitated Fleming College's Volunteer Management: Spectrum of Engagement (MGMT62) course since May 2022. She has held professional volunteer engagement roles at Crohn's and Colitis CanadaPathways to Education Canada, the Heart & Stroke FoundationVolunteer 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 on the Learn with JPP blog are Jessica's own.

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