Orientation and Training

All new volunteers are required to complete an online application form. Click here to complete our online volunteer application form.

Upcoming Training Sessions

IMG_6109See training descriptions below. Please RSVP to volunteer@veg.ca.

Tuesday, July 30th from 6:30 to 8:00 pm: Veg Nutrition 101 for Volunteers

Do you want to become better educated on plant-based nutrition, so that you can have more answers to questions you receive from the public? 

TVA volunteer Mark Monachino, leader of the Veg Fitness Group, Lifelines veg fitness columnist, and past nutrition and fitness lecturer at TVA’s Spring and Holiday markets, will lead this special Veg Nutrition 101 session just for TVA volunteers.

Held at the TVA office (17 Baldwin St, second floor). RSVP required by July 25th as capacity is limited.


Past Training Sessions That Will Repeat in the Fall

Tuesday, January 29th from 6:30 to 8:00 pm: Table Training for Outreach Volunteers: Held at the TVA office (17 Baldwin St, second floor). RSVP required by January 22nd. Capacity is limited to 10 attendees.

Thursday, February 28th from 6:00 to 7:00 pm: General TVA Orientation and Meet ‘n Greet: Held at the TVA office (17 Baldwin St, second floor). RSVP required by February 22nd. Capacity is limited to 10 attendees.

Tuesday, March 19th from 6:30-8:00 pm: Veg Nutrition and Role Playing for Effective Outreach. Held at the TVA office (17 Baldwin St, second floor). RSVP required by March 13th. Capacity is limited to 10 attendees.

More detailed training on outreach will occur in the New Year!

General TVA Orientation and Meet ‘n Greet

These are casual drop-in sessions for new volunteers. No matter what volunteer role you’re interested in, take this opportunity to come in and meet with staff and/or other volunteers and chat to learn more about the organization and ask any questions you might have. We’d love to meet you and find out more about you and why you decided to get involved!

Table Training for Outreach Volunteers

These sessions are for people interested in doing vegetarian outreach with the Toronto Vegetarian Association. You’ll receive an overview of our mission, vision, values and programs so that you’re well-equipped to answer any questions you may receive about TVA. You’ll learn how to sell memberships and books, use our cash box, sign people up for the Veggie Challenge and more. New volunteers as well as those simply wanting a refresh of information are welcome.

Veg Nutrition and Role Playing for Effective Outreach

Both new and experienced volunteers welcome! The old saying goes “practice makes perfect”. On the spot training is key to ensuring volunteers are comfortable approaching the public, asking them to make a commitment to plant-based living or to becoming a Toronto Vegetarian Association member, and answering common questions like “Where do you get your protein?” and “What about fish?”.

We’ll start by reviewing some common nutrition questions asked at outreach events, as well as best outreach practices compiled by expert activists and authors Bruce Friedrich and Matt Ball. Then we’ll give you the opportunity to role play with fellow volunteers and get practice answering commonly asked questions, making sure you arrive at your next tabling shift with confidence!

 

Volunteer Handbook

This document provides an overview of TVA’s mission, values, programs and organizational structure. It also outlines policies and procedures, such as our Volunteer Code of Conduct and Volunteer Rights and Responsibilities. All TVA volunteers are encouraged to read and review the document, and to sign the Volunteer Agreement. Download the Volunteer Handbook

Veggie Challenge

Online Key Messages and Programs Training

The Online Key Messages and Programs Training is a free, online training program that should take half an hour to complete. It is designed to ensure volunteers are informed about TVA’s programs and key messages, so that you are comfortable representing the organization in public spaces.

Please note, this training is required for all TVA outreach volunteers.

If you haven’t yet taken the key messages and programs training please email volunteer@veg.ca with the subject “Key Messages and Programs Training”. We’ll get back to you with the login information and password, and you can get started at your earliest convenience!

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Training

The Toronto Vegetarian Association is committed to meeting the standards laid out in the  AODA and thus requires all volunteers interacting with the public to complete online training and orientation about the AODA, and how to respectfully act with people with disabilities while representing the organization.

This training will help you effectively ensure that our materials and resources are available to everyone, including those with various disabilities.

Please click here to complete Customer Service portion the online AODA training.

Online Nutritional Training

This free, online training program, which should take no more than one hour to complete, was designed for volunteers who want to have a better understanding of vegetarian nutrition so that they can feel more comfortable speaking to the public about the benefits of a vegetarian diet, and where to find key nutrients.

If you haven’t yet taken the key messages and programs training and would like to do so in the comfort of your own home, please email volunteer@veg.ca with the subject “Online Nutrition Training”. We’ll get back to you with the login information and password, and you can get started at your earliest convenience!