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Volunteer Builders was incorporated on January 11, 2001 as a non-for-profit organization. Our central purpose is to design and build at least one structure each year for a worthy community-oriented recipient. We build our projects using volunteer staff and donations of design and working drawings, materials, equipment and project coordination, food and funds.
In just one weekend, our goal is to provide a closed-in shell that includes siding, roofing, windows and doors. At times, we have also provided electricity, decking and some interior work, such as staircases and bunk beds. Currently, our build choices focus on children’s summer camps. Many have existed since the early 1900’s and are in dire need of updating. More importantly, however, Volunteer Builders shares the belief that every child should have the opportunity to experience personal development in a fun, safe, and healthy environment.
Each year, Volunteer Builders strives to build on our own organization’s foundation so others in the community can participate in and benefit from the service, experience and projects we provide.
Chris Knight, Buffy Knowlton, Dave l’Heureux, Shelley Macdonald, Ray Nyhuis, Paul Sandiford, Louise Sheedy, and Jonathan Sprawson
With Special Assistance From Ian Macdonald and Leanne Sandiford
Caroline Baird, Bill Banham, Jenna Bull, Lucy Coschignano, Scott Hartman, Chris Knight, Buffy Knowlton, Peter Loukes, Ian Macdonald, Shelley Macdonald, Mike MacKay, Jeff Mander, John McGillivray, Heather Miner, Dan Niddery, Michelle Owens-Perrow, Paul Sandiford, Craig Silva and Andrew Sprawson.
Each year, the current Build Director sits on the Board of Directors and serves as a liaison between the Board and the Executive. As well, the outgoing Build Director may serve an additional one-year term.
The core group of Volunteer Builders is widely experienced. Group members’ skills range from architectural design and project management to specific key construction trades. Others are specialists in communications, commercial law, insurance and food services (ensuring that our volunteers are both safe and well fed as they work). Still others are people who just like to help make a difference and are willing to contribute their time and energy.
Participation is open to anyone 19 years of age or older, but each of us is strongly committed to three beliefs:
Build Dates: Wed. May 31st – Sun., June 4th, 2017
Theme: Survivor: Pirates vs Hawaiian Luau
Project: Nurses Quarters, Sick Bay, and New Offices
Build Co-Directors: Jenna Bull & Nick Veenema
Camp Director: Dan Wolfenden
Design: Jon Sprawson & Ben Sprawson
Construction: Ron Rehfeld & Matthew Short
Volunteer Services: Sue Dunn & Miranda Culbertson
Food Services: John McGillivray & Jenna McGillivray
Fundraising: Stefanie Hirano
Finance: Ejay Russell
Past Directors: Jenna Bull & Heather Miner
Occupation:Sales Manager of Metroland’s Peel Region
Current VB Role:Chair of the Board
VB Responsibilities:Scott has been involved with VB since the beginning, working in almost every capacity on the board. As the Chair of the Board now, he oversees key decisions, using his experience to ensure the build runs smoothly.
Occupation: Director, SAP Canada. Responsible for managing global partner programs for SAP.
Current VB Board Role: Past-chair & Past-Build Director
VB Responsibilities: Ensure continuity with board activities and running of future build projects. Contributing member to overall strategy and objectives, and specific activities (for example web-site re-design or helping with annual build registration). Member of Volunteer Builders since 2006.
Occupation: Business Coach with Maranet and Strategic Coach
Current VB Board Role: Director of Marketing
VB Responsibilities: Contributing member to overall strategy and objectives; website development and maintenance support; registration process and support. Member of Volunteer Builders since 2005.
Occupation: Marketing Manager, Sports Programs and Sponsorship at Boston Pizza.
Current VB Board Role: Past-Build Co-Director / 2017 Build Co-Director
VB Responsibilities: Working with both the Board and the Executive teams to plan the build for the coming year. In addition, offers support in managing the communication plan.
Occupation: Nick is an Architectural Technologist, working as a project manager for a small Architecture Firm in Toronto
Current VB Role: Camp Selection Director / 2017 Build Co-Director
VB Responsibilities: As a Co-Director Nick works with both the Board and the Executive teams to plan the build for the coming year. Nick is also in charge of finding new camps for coming builds
Occupation: Manager of Strategy and Innovation, City of Markham. Responsible for delivering efficient, financially responsible and customer satisfied services for review and approval of Planning and Development Applications.
Current VB Board Role: Director of Strategy
VB Responsibilities: Maintains VB corporate guidelines, policies and procedures; Assists with the development of a long term Strategic Plan and seeks continuous improvements for the betterment of the organization.
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