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Summer Job Posting: Festival Assistant (Promotions)

Position Overview: The Festival Assistant (Promotions), will assist with promotions for the 2017 Veg Food Fest and associated events. The successful applicant will work closely with the Toronto Vegetarian Association team to promote the festival within the GTA and to vegetarians across the continent. S/he/they will craft communications and design materials to generate interest in North America’s largest annual vegetarian festival and achieve the mission of the Toronto Vegetarian Association. An enthusiastic, proactive vegetarian self-starter will thrive in this position. This role calls for good organizational skills, strong written communication skills, and experience using social media platforms to engage audiences. Layout and graphic design skills, and proficiency working with Adobe creative programs, would be an asset. This position is funded by Service Canada through the Canada Summer Jobs program; only eligible returning students may apply. CANADA SUMMER JOBS ELIGIBILITY – In order to qualify for this program, eligible student participants must: Be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment; Have been registered as a full-time student in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year; Be Canadian citizens,… Read More


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Summer Job Posting: Veg Food Fest Assistant

POSITION OVERVIEW – The Veg Food Fest Assistant will assist with the planning, production and delivery of the 2017 Veg Food Fest. S/he will be the front line person for all festival inquiries, and will carry out follow-up communications with festival vendors and other stakeholders to support the Veg Food Fest. S/he will work closely with the Toronto Vegetarian Association team to achieve the goals of the 2017 Veg Food Fest and TVA’s summer outreach. Opportunities to participate creatively in programming or marketing the festival will be explored with the Festival & Events Coordinator. An enthusiastic, proactive vegetarian self-starter will thrive in this position. This role calls for excellent organizational skills, strong communication skills, and proficiency working with computers. QUALIFICATIONS – The Veg Food Fest Assistant will be required to: Plan and carry out projects and tasks from start to finish with well-defined objectives; continuously monitor the success of these projects and tasks; and identify ways to improve. Read and understand information presented in a variety of forms; write and speak in order to engage volunteers, clients and members of the public; and share information using a range of information and communications technologies. Assess situations and identify problems; be creative and innovative… Read More


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Toronto Vegetarian Association Launches Mobile App: The Veg Guide

Over the past few months TVA has been building something new, to help people discover veg-friendly businesses and events. Through the support of donors, members, and passionate volunteers, we’ve built a new Mobile App, called the Veg Guide.    Here are a few details on the App: When you launch the App, you’ll enter the restaurant directory. It will always sort by proximity, with businesses supporting TVA featuring photos and more detailed descriptions. If you pull down the Directory, you will get a search bar that will allow you to search for specific businesses. Unfortunately partial searches don’t work at this time. Only the closest 25 businesses will be listed and mapped. You can expand the list by refreshing from the bottom. Please help us expand the list by submitting any businesses that are missing through the App. It is built on a platform that does have some limitations, which we are trying to work around. In the coming months, we’ll be exploring additional features, so stay tuned for that and other exciting activities from TVA. Read More


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Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale at the TVA Resource Centre

Join us for the Toronto location of the Annual Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale! We’ll be selling vegan cookies, cupcakes, brownies, and more to raise money for the Toronto Vegetarian Association and the Canadian Coalition for Farm Animals. We recommend bringing tupperware so you can buy extra treats to take home! We unfortunately do not have take-away bags available. When? Saturday April 22nd from 1 to 4 pm Where? TVA Resource Centre (17 Baldwin Street, 2nd floor). We regret our location is not wheelchair accessible, although, weather permitting, we may set up on our patio downstairs. SPECIAL DEALS! All baking books will be 10% off!… Read More


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Job Opportunity: Festival & Events Coordinator (FT)

Position Overview: The Toronto Vegetarian Association is seeking an enthusiastic project coordinator looking to apply passion and experience towards a position with one of North America’s most successful vegetarian organizations. Providing information and support for over 70 years, the Toronto Vegetarian Association is looking for an organized and ambitious self-starter to coordinate our 33rd Annual Veg Food Fest and other events in our 2017 calendar. The Veg Food Fest is our marquee event, attracting 35,000-40,000 visitors over three days each September. The Festival & Events Coordinator’s primary role is to oversee the financial, administrative and logistical coordination of Toronto Vegetarian Association events, to assist with communications and marketing campaigns, and to identify and seek out sponsorship opportunities for TVA events and activities. This role calls for accountability, the ability to meet strict deadlines, and the ability to work independently with minimal supervision. Strong communication and relationship building skills are critical. Passion for celebrating vegetarian food and ideas in creative new ways is an asset. PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Please note: A more comprehensive list of duties for this role can be found here (pdf). Top-line responsibilities of the Festival & Events Coordinator include: Events Planning &… Read More


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Veg Out 342: DIY Vegan

On today’s podcast, John and Sarah interview co-authors of DIY Vegan, Lisa Pitman and Nicole Axworthy. They not only give tips and tricks for stocking your own vegan pantry without the use of processed foods, but also give a sneak peek at what they’re most looking forward to at the upcoming 32nd Veg Food Fest, where they’ll be presenting a free cooking demonstration! LISTEN NOW  … Read More


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Meet Janine: TVA Staff Profile

You may have noticed some new places popping up on the Toronto Veg Card lately (check https://veg.ca/directory/list/discount-list for an updated list). That’s in part due to the fact that it’s veg directory season! We’ve got Janine in this summer helping to update the Vegetarian Directory and get it ready to go to print in time for the Veg Food Fest. What do you do at the Toronto Vegetarian Association? I am helping prepare the 2017 Vegetarian Directory. Much of my job has to do with communicating with businesses and updating their listings in the directory database. The second phase of my job is to present workshops to various organizations and businesses to promote a plant-based diet. How did you become interested in vegetarianism? It started at a young age for me. I have always been very health conscious and as I grew older I learned more about the (various) benefits associated with with vegetarianism. As I am now pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Health, I hope to help educate more people about the importance of healthy eating. What do you like most about working for TVA? The staff here has really made my experience as a summer student something… Read More


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Girls Day In at the TVA Office

By Barbi Lazarus, Donor and Volunteer Resources Coordinator Staff at the Toronto Vegetarian Association are fortunate to work for a great boss, David. He had arranged a fun potluck lunch this week so we could get to know better our relatively new Festival and Events Coordinator, Alyssa de Hoop. However poor David wound up falling sick this week, which meant it was just us girls at the potluck on Wednesday: myself, Alyssa and our stellar veg directory coordinator Andrea. Andrea brought impeccable vegan “crab cakes” from Post Punk Kitchen (theppk.com/recipes) and I brought super creamy “chicken salad” from one of my favourite cookbooks, The Best Veggie Burgers on the Planet and a new recipe for cocoa-avocado truffles I came across in the newspaper. It turns out Alyssa is not only a great addition to the team because of her keen skills in event coordination, marketing and customer service, but she’s also got a way in the kitchen too! Inspired by this recipe she found online, Alyssa surprised us by showing up with two bags full of groceries so she could put together on the spot a 6 layer dip for the nacho… Read More


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Save on Vegetarian Cookbooks at Our Holiday Book & Bake Sale

Don’t wait until the last minute to get your holiday gifts – score some sweet savings at TVA’s annual Holiday Sale and Open House! Come & meet members of the Toronto Vegetarian Association’s Board of Directors, indulge in treats at our vegan bake sale and pick up holiday gifts from our Vegetarian Bookstore. Special note! We’ll also be collecting non-perishable vegetarian food items to donate to a local food bank so please bring along something to donate if you can. Door prize! Everyone who drops by will be entered into a raffle draw for a bag of Earth Balance peanut butter popcorn & a jar of Earth Balance peanut butter. Special Deals! Hot Off The Press Specials: Purchase any of these new hits and you’ll get any book of equal or lesser value at 50% off! Chloe’s Vegan Italy, Miyoko’s Homemade Vegan Pantry, The Lusty Vegans, Super Fresh, Vegan Eats World, Vegan Everyday Give a Gift of Compassion: Get 50% off Gene Baur’s Living the Farm Sanctuary Life, Rich Roll’s Plantpower Way or Plant Pure Nation Cookbook to go along with any gift membership you purchase for a friend or family member Where? TVA Resource Centre (17 Baldwin Street, 2nd floor). We… Read More


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Join Us for the 2015 Annual General Meeting

The Toronto Vegetarian Association’s Annual General Meeting is taking place Sunday, November 22nd at 4:30 pm. This is your chance to hear what the organization has accomplished in the past year, give suggestions for future growth and help set the direction in the years moving forward by electing our 2015-2017 Board of Directors. Light snacks will be served. Please note: The Toronto Vegetarian Association’s Annual General Meeting is a private function open to TVA members only. Non-members who wish to attend will be required to join as members of the TVA and only members in good standing 30 days prior to the election are eligible to vote. When? Sunday, November 22nd from 4:30 to 7:30 pm. (Meet ‘n greet from 4:30 to 5:00, meeting called to order at 5:00 pm). Where? Friends House (60 Lowther Avenue, at St. George and Bloor). Interested in running for the Board of Directors? The TVA Board of Directors determines the strategic direction for the organization. We welcome candidates from all ages and a variety of skills and backgrounds, but have identified a few areas of recruitment for the 2015-2017 term: strategic marketing and communications major event planning and management expertise fundraising experience,… Read More


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