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Euchre Tournament

When: March 10th (Cutoff to sign up February 24th)
Where: 50 Lynn Williams Street, Liberty Village, Toronto – Condo Party Room(same as last year for those who attended) Buzzer: 1500
Time: Come for 5:30, starts at 6:30 on the dot!
How Much: $30 to play, $15 for dinner only

Email your registration HERE.


1)Number of Tickets you want
2)How you are paying (etranser to or bring cash or cheque on the day of the tournament)
3)What snack you will be bringing
4)If you are able to donate a prize

Lacrosse Game

When: April 13th, 2018
Where: Air Canada Centre
How Much: $31/ticket

Email your registration HERE.


1)Number of Tickets you want
2)How you are paying (etranser to or bring cash or cheque on the day of the tournament)

About Us

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.

Founding Members

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

Past Directors

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:

  • Communities should help one another and, therefore, when we are able, we want to give of ourselves and our resources to organizations and/or individuals who will benefit from our efforts;
  • Volunteerism is as valuable to the participants as to the beneficiaries, provided the experience is safe, motivational and inclusive; and
  • All individuals should have the opportunity to experience self-growth.


Current Build – 2018



 Camp Couchiching

Build Dates: Wed. May 30th – Sun. June 3rd, 2018
Theme: TBD
Project:  Welcome center, new cabin, camp improvements

Build Co-Directors:  Greg Webster & Nick Veenema
Camp Director:  Jen Dundas
Design:  Jon Sprawson & Ben Sprawson
Construction: Ron Rehfeld, Viv Varaschin & Matthew Short
Volunteer Services:  Sue Dunn & Miranda Culbertson
Food Services:  John McGillivray & Jenna McGillivray
Fundraising:  Christine Button & Stefanie Hirano
Finance:  Nancy Roney
Past Directors:  Jenna Bull & Nick Veenema

Board of Directors

Jon Sprawson

Jon Sprawson

Founding Member
Scott Hartman

Scott Hartman


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.

Heather Miner

Heather Miner

Past Chair / Director

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.

Patti Mara

Patti Mara

Director of Marketing

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.

Jenna Bull

Jenna Bull

Build Co-Director

Occupation: Marketing Manager, Sports Programs and Sponsorship at Boston Pizza.
Current VB Board Role:  Camp Selection Director / Past Director
VB Responsibilities: Jenna is in charge of finding new camps for coming builds. In addition, offers support in managing the communication plan.


Nick Veenema

Nick Veenema

Build Co-Director

Occupation: Nick is an Architectural Technologist, working as a project manager for a small Architecture Firm in Toronto
Current VB Role: 2018 Build Co-Director / Past-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.

Jamie Bosomworth

Jamie Bosomworth

Strategy & Operations Director

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.

Nancy Roney

Nancy Roney

Financial Director

Past Builds

Click on the Photos for more information about each years build

2017 Camp Tapawingo

Parry Sound

2016 Camp Tapawingo

Parry Sound

2015 Pleasant Bay Camp

Prince Edward County

2014 Pearce Williams Christian Centre


2013 Ryde Lake Camp


2012 Camp Mini-Yo-We

Port Sydney

2011 Scarborough Outdoor Education School


2010 Camp Winston


2009 Camp Couchiching


2008 Belwood Lodge and Camp


2007 - Ontario Camp for the Deaf

Parry Sound

2006 Camp Couchiching


2005 Moorelands


2003 Camp Kitchikewana

Beausoleil Island

2004 Camp Presqu’ile

Georgian Bay

2002 Moorelands


2001 Columbus Boys Camp