Meet Karen

I have been providing volunteer recruitment, engagement and training for not-for-profit organizations for over 25 years.

My professional life has spanned many industries, working in both the private and public sectors in various leadership positions.

Through my passion for making a difference in the world, I have gained decades of experience in not-for-profits as a leader and a board member.

I served in Toastmasters International for over twenty-five years, in various roles up to District Director, where I was responsible for one of the largest Toastmasters districts in the world.

I oversaw a budget of a quarter of a million dollars, 300 individual clubs, totalling over 5,000 members. I had twenty leaders reporting directly to me, and another eighty reporting to them. All volunteers.

I currently serve as the Vice-President of the Board of Directors for the Kamloops Therapeutic Riding Association.

We help create opportunities for personal growth, healing, and connection through a shared experience with horses.

After many years working and volunteering with not-for-profits, I found that many leaders of volunteers have difficulty with aspects of their volunteer programs, whether that be in recruiting the right people, or assigning those people to roles that both support the organization’s mission and keep the volunteers enthusiastic.

Using hands-on experience, combined with the extensive studying and research I have completed in the field of volunteer recruitment, engagement and training, I help solve these challenges for not-for-profit organizations.

Karen took me under her wing and taught me everything I now know about leadership, and helped me develop the courage and strength I needed to chase my most ambitious goals.

Most notable, as a bi-product of being coached by Karen, I also picked up the priceless skills of compassion, mentorship, and resilience that Karen displays ever-so gracefully.

~ Yasir Khan

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