International Volunteer Day: Making a Difference Overseas and at Home

On Saturday December 3, Youth Challenge International, CUSO International, Crossroads International, and CESO are hosting an International Volunteer Day event to celebrate the impact of volunteers at home and overseas.

International Volunteer Day recognizes the millions of people around the world who give their time and talent to tackle global challenges: from volunteers working in their own communities on environmental issues and poverty reduction to those supporting global causes of peace, justice and creating sustainable livelihoods. This event will be an opportunity to reflect on and celebrate volunteerism. Our four organizations represent a diversity of approaches to international volunteering and we are expect a lively, interactive day of inter-generational sharing.

We hope that you can join us!


* 1:30pm – 2:00pm – Registration

* 2:00pm – 2:15pm – Welcome

* 2:15pm – 4:00pm – World Cafe: Sharing and Reflecting on the Volunteer Experience

* 4:00pm – 4:15pm – Break

* 4:15pm – 5:15pm – Returned Volunteer Panel Discussion: Local Change, Global Impact

* 5:15pm – 5:30pm – Closing Reflections: Valuing Volunteers

* 5:30pm – 7:30pm – Networking Reception and Entertainment (Appetizers, Cash Bar and African Dance)

The event will also feature a photo exhibit illustrating the impact of volunteers around the world.

When: Saturday December 3, 2011 at 1:30 p.m.

Where: Oakham House, Ryerson University (63 Gould St, Toronto)

How much: Free

For online registration, visit

Program Details:

World Cafe – Facilitated by Greg Judelman

The World Cafe is a powerful social technology for engaging people in conversations that matter, offering an effective antidote to the fast-paced fragmentation and lack of connection in today’s world. Based on the understanding that conversation is the core process that drives personal, business, and organizational life, the World Cafe is more than a method, a process, or technique – it’s a way of thinking and being together sourced in a philosophy of conversational leadership.

Greg Judelman is a facilitator, designer and innovation consultant based in Toronto. He works with the conceptualization and facilitation of collaborative design workshops and innovation processes for organizational and community transformation. From 2006-2011 he was a senior designer at the globally recognized Bruce Mau Design, where he led creative teams on identity, web, experience and strategy projects for clients ranging from not-for-profits to universities to public associations to multinational corporations. He is the co-founder of Design With Dialogue, a community of facilitators, consultants, designers and technologists focused on advancing methods for systems level change.

Returned Volunteer Panellist Profiles

Rohit Ramchandani

Prior to starting his Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Rohit worked as a Senior Health Advisor at the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) where he worked in areas including tuberculosis, malaria, as well as Canada’s work on the G8 Maternal and Child Health Initiative. He is currently a member of the Innovation and Financial Gap Working Groups of the United Nations Secretary General’s Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health and Principal at Antara Global Health Advisors. He actively volunteers as a Public Health Advisor with ColaLife, an organization working in developing countries to bring Coca-Cola, its bottlers and others together to open up Coca-Cola’s distribution channels to carry ‘social products’ such as oral rehydration salts and zinc supplements to save children’s lives. Rohit volunteered with Youth Challenge International in 2002 in Guyana, where he on a variety of grassroots community health initiatives in the Rupununi Region.

Roshelle Filart

Roshelle Filart spent almost six years as a volunteer in Africa, first as a primary school teacher in Namibia and as an Education Coordinator at the Botswana National Museum with WUSC. Roshelle was a VSO Canada volunteer in Guinea Bissau from 2003-2006, where she worked as an Education Project Manager for the Ministry of Education. Since coming back to Canada, Roshelle has remained active as a Cuso International returned volunteer and has channelled her experiences overseas and commitment to creating a more equitable world into advocacy work as co-leader of the Toronto chapter of RESULTS Canada, a national grassroots organization whose volunteers raise awareness and support for global efforts to end extreme poverty by reaching out to policymakers, politicians, media and community groups.

Michael R. Garrett

Mike Garrett is Chair of the Ontario Clean Water Agency and sits on a number of Provincial and Municipal advisory committees. From 1989 to 2007, he worked as CAO/City Manager with 3 GTA municipalities: Peel, Toronto, and York. During the 80’s he held a number of executive postings culminating with Assistant Deputy Minister at the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. In the 70’s he helped implement the Toronto and region waterfront plan. He is an active volunteer with CESO, and is a lead volunteer for the Philippines and Bolivia advising on municipal issues.

Adwoa Adu

After completing Graduate school in International Development and Cooperation Studies, Adwoa worked with the United Nations Center for Regional Development in Japan and worked as a community development researcher in Cambodia and Malaysia. After returning to Canada in 2007, she had the opportunity of volunteering with Crossroads International/Prolink in Ghana. Working in Ghana on women’s rights and micro entrepreneurship programs inspired Adwoa to create a space where the women she worked with in Ghana can showcase their fashion crafts. In 2009 she opened Arm Candy Casa, an accessories boutique offering pieces from women she met in Ghana as well as other fair trade lines. Currently she is a part-time lecturer with Ryerson University teaching International Community Development, and NGOs and World Governance.


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