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Black Goat Farm Sanctuary Volunteer Opportunity

Possible volunteer opportunity starting at 9am (TBD) Sun. May 26, 11am-1pm (weather permitting); Black Goat Farm Sanctuary (suggested donation $10-$30) 7784 Regional Road 20, Smithville Black Goat is a small scale farm animal sanctuary helping injured, orphaned and abused farm animals. They currently house goats, turkeys,… Read More

A Tribute to Anne Dozell

In honour of her birthday on June 24th, we take time today to remember former Toronto Vegetarian Association board member Anne Dozell, who sadly passed away at Markham Stouffville Hospital on June 7, 2012 at the age of 71. In addition to serving on the TVA board, Anne co-founded the DurhamVeg Group, co-authored TVA’s popular “Tastes of Toronto” cookbook and wrote for several other TVA publications, including frequent articles in Lifelines. Anne worked tirelessly to serve the GTA’s vegetarian community as one of TVA’s chief social event organizers during the 1980s and early 1990s. She is most remembered for her “Getting Started” tutorials, her “Ask Letty” advice column in Lifelines [“Letty” being short for “Lettuce”], her outreach visits and her supermarket scrutiny. Her friends at the Toronto Vegetarian Association fondly recall her energy and her infectious laugh. She was always seeking ways to make veganism more attractive to the common omnivore. While the TVA misses Anne greatly, her memory and activism live on through the growing list of social groups which exist today, and we thank her for planting that seed at the Toronto Vegetarian Association. Read More


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Host a Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale for TVA

  It’s simple! Hold a vegan bake sale Raise money for your cause of choice (we’re hoping that’ll be us!) Promote delicious, cruelty-free food Be part of a fun, global event that helps people, animals and the planet! Sign up today to host your own vegan bake sale during the week of April 20th to 28th! 3 Easy Steps to Holding Your Bake Sale Step 1 – Pick a date and a venue We’ve got tips to help you find a venue! This will give us all the info we need to help promote your bake sale to our networks, and will give you the option to order any free literature you might want to hand out like vegetarian directories or vegan recipe booklets We’ve also got tips to help you promote the sale in your neighbourhood Don’t forget to ask friends and family to help you bake if you need a hand! Step 2 – Register and promote your bake sale Step 3 – Bake and have fun! Click here to send us a quick email saying you’d like to hold a bake sale and we’ll send you tips and other helpful… Read More


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Training: Vegetarian Nutrition for TVA Volunteers

Do you ever get stumped by nutritional questions while tabling for the Toronto Vegetarian Association? Do you want to increase your knowledge about the benefits and how-to of adopting a vegetarian diet? Nimisha Raja of Evolving Appetites will host a special vegetarian nutrition information session for TVA volunteers. With 15 years of experience giving lectures and workshops, teaching cooking classes at Whole Foods, Loblaws and receiving training from the Phyisicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (makers of the Vegetarian Starter Kit), Nimisha is well equipped to provide you with the information and tools you need to feel comfortable staffing the TVA table at community events or the Vegetarian Food Festival, and answering any questions that come your way. When? Saturday, May 12th from 2:00 to 4:30 pm Where? Metro Hall (55 John Street) RSVP: Please RSVP by Monday, May 7th if you plan to attend. Read More


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Training: Role Playing for Vegetarian Outreach

The old saying goes “practice makes perfect”. We’ve consistently heard the feedback that on the spot, participatory training is key to ensuring volunteers are comfortable approaching the public and asking them to make a commitment to plant-based living, whether it’s asking them to sign up for the Veggie Challenge or to become a Toronto Vegetarian Association member. This session will give you the opportunity to role play with fellow volunteers and get practice “making the ask”, making sure you arrive at your next tabling shift with confidence! When? Thursday, May 3rd, 2012 from 6:30-8:00 pm Where? Metro Hall (King and John Street, near St. Andrew subway station) What? We’ll start with a brief review of “talking points”/tips for asking people to make a commitment, then you’ll break into small groups or partners to role play and practice responding to different scenarios and types of people. Free vegan snacks will be served at this playful session! We’ll bring along some free vegan snacks too. RSVP: To register for this session, please email volunteer@veg.ca, with your name, email address and phone number, and the subject “Role Playing Session”. Read More


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A Reflection on Agnes Kwasnicka

April 5, 2012 By Barbi Lazarus with assistance from Gregory Wasney It’s days like these that make me wish I had a blog, so that I could spontaneously write to the world about people, events or news that I want to share.  But alas, I don’t have a blog, so please stay with me as I share with you the impact that Agnes Kwasnicka, a cherished TVA volunteer and donor, has had not only on the Toronto Vegetarian Association and on animal activism, but also on me personally in my role as TVA’s donor and volunteer resources coordinator. Agnes and her equally fantastic husband, Greg Wasney, began volunteering with TVA back in the early 2000s, tabling at punk and ska shows on behalf of the organization. But I first met Agnes at a volunteer training session exactly one year ago from the day I am writing this story. As the person responsible for ensuring that TVA outreach events are staffed by friendly, knowledgeable and trustworthy volunteers, it is always an absolute pleasure to meet people like Agnes and Greg who arrive eager to get involved. I can still picture them clearly, coming up to me at the end… Read More


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