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Meet Our Team: Patricia Knycha

Posted By Roxanne English, Community Engagement Assistant, March 6, 2017
Updated: March 1, 2017

Volunteer Toronto staff 

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

This may surprise you but Volunteer Toronto doesn't run itself (insert gasp here!). As Canada's largest volunteer centre, we operate on the people power of 8 full-time staff, 5 contract staff, 60 + volunteers and an abundance of passion.

Our team comes from places all over the country and the world; Vancouver, PEI, England, Sri Lanka, USA, Trinidad & Tobago and Grenada to name a few. Each one of us draws from our own unique experiences and contributes our skills in the hopes of building a more caring city.

So far, we have featured: 

Camara Chambers,
Director of Community Engagement

Our Grassroots Growth team

Melina Condren,
Director of Engaging Organizations

Kelly DeVries,
Community Engagement Coordinator

Sammy Feilchenfeld,
Training Coordinator

David Allen,
Executive Director

Kasandra James
Subscriptions Coordinator

Niranjala Mariathas,
Operations Manager

And our final feature...our Senior Bookkeeper!

 

 Pat Knycha
Pat Knycha

WHO: Pat Knycha

ROLE: Senior Bookkeeper

# OF YEARS AT VT: Almost 5 years

PLACE OF BIRTH: Hamilton, Ontario

FAVOURITE SONG: "Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley

FAVOURITE QUOTE: 

Live. Love. Laugh.

 

 

 

 

What do you do at Volunteer Toronto? 

I ensure the financial well-being of Volunteer Toronto through the maintenance of complete accounting records of all financial transactions making sure they remain in harmony with appropriate accounting procedures.

 Pat at desk

 

 


What do you like most about your job?

What first interested me in working for Volunteer Toronto would have to be when I read their mission statement. There is so much to admire about the process Volunteer Toronto takes to guide Torontonians to their dream volunteer position, and I’m glad to be part of the team. Also I love working with numbers!

 

Calculator

 

What was your most enjoyable volunteer experience?

Studying for my CGA (Certified General Account) I got exposed to the volunteer sector within the organization. I decided the best option for me would be to volunteer to prepare tax returns at a low income senior’s retirement home. It was very humbling. From that experience I decided to continue helping people learn about finances and how they can become financially secure.

 

What's one of your favourite hobbies most people don't know about?

For about a year and a half now I have been an avid Salsa dancer. Some of my go to spots include “Fregata Restaurant and Lounge” and my go to spot “Dovercourt House.”

 

Salsa Dancing

 

Of all your favourite foods, which is one that you would find hardest to give up for the rest of your life and why?

Apples...they are crunchy and sweet and so good for you!

 Apples

 

What's the most unusual item in your desk drawer?

European Dark Chocolate

 

Roxanne EnglishRoxanne English supports Volunteer Toronto’s community outreach by coordinating events, delivering presentations on how to volunteer, and representing Volunteer Toronto at events across this city. With Roxanne’s help, we’ll be able to provide more people with information about volunteering in Toronto.

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Meet Our Team: Niranjala Mariathas

Posted By Roxanne English, Community Engagement Assistant, January 16, 2017
Updated: January 13, 2017

Volunteer Toronto staff 

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

This may surprise you but Volunteer Toronto doesn't run itself (insert gasp here!). As Canada's largest volunteer centre, we operate on the people power of 8 full-time staff, 5 contract staff, 60 + volunteers and an abundance of passion.

Our team comes from places all over the country and the world; Vancouver, PEI, England, Sri Lanka, USA, Trinidad & Tobago and Grenada to name a few. Each one of us draws from our own unique experiences and contributes our skills in the hopes of building a more caring city.

So far, we have featured: 

Camara Chambers, Director of Community Engagement
Our Grassroots Growth team
Melina Condren, Director of Engaging Organizations
Kelly DeVries, Community Engagement Coordinator
Sammy Feilchenfeld, Training Coordinator
David Allen, Executive Director
Kasandra JamesSubscriptions Coordinator

Next up... the one person who brings it all together...our Operations Manager!

 

 Niranjala Mariathas
 Nira Mariathas

WHO: Niranjala (Nira) Mariathas

ROLE: Operations Manager

# OF YEARS AT VT: 24+ years

PLACE OF BIRTH: Colombo, Sri Lanka

FAVOURITE SONG: I don't have a specific song that I like, but I do enjoy listening to ABBA and Boney M.

FAVOURITE QUOTE: 

"Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value" - Albert Einstein

 

 

 

What do you do at Volunteer Toronto? 

I manage day-to-day operations of Volunteer Toronto. This includes human resources management, the functioning of the office and administrative systems. I also fill in for the Accounting department on occasion.

 Nira at desk

 

 


What do you like most about your job?

I like being in the office and keeping things organized.

 

Volunteer Toronto Print Room

 

What was your most enjoyable volunteer experience?

My first volunteer experience is the most unforgettable one. When I first joined Volunteer Toronto as a volunteer, I had to update a new database of volunteer information. I had finished a whole year's work in 3 months. It was much appreciated by the team and it was a rewarding experience for me, knowing how much it meant to the Volunteer Toronto team to have an up-to-date database.

 

What's one of your favourite hobbies most people don't know about?

My favourite hobby is reading novels. My first book was Sidney Sheldon’s “Master of the Games”. I have read all his books and ever since I’m addicted to mystery novels and TV shows.

 

Sidney Sheldon Book

 

 

Of all your favourite foods, which is one that you would find hardest to give up for the rest of your life and why?

If there's one thing that I can't give up, it has to be my morning coffee! I can't start my day without a cup of coffee. It's been a part of my routine for years, and it's something I will never change or give up.

 

What's the most unusual item in your desk drawer?

Whatever is in my drawer is usually files and folders along with a hand cream for paper cuts!

 

Nira's Desk Drawer 

 

Roxanne EnglishRoxanne English supports Volunteer Toronto’s community outreach by coordinating events, delivering presentations on how to volunteer, and representing Volunteer Toronto at events across this city. With Roxanne’s help, we’ll be able to provide more people with information about volunteering in Toronto.

Tags:  Meet Our Team  Niranjala Mariathas  Operations Manager 

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