With or without a cape, Erneida de Guzman is a hero of volunteerism. Here’s Erneida in her own words on why leading a force for change is so important to her.
Hello! My name is Erneida de Guzman and I am the Volunteer Engagement Manager for the YMCA of Greater Vancouver.
The Y is a charity dedicated to strengthening the foundations of community. It’s a member-driven organization serving over 115,000 participants across the Lower Mainland. We have 1,000 amazing volunteers who help deliver the programs and services our members need – they are the heart and soul of our association.
In my role, I am working to develop and execute a Volunteer Management Strategy. We understand that, like our members and our communities, volunteers come in in all shapes, sizes, ages and cultural backgrounds. This diversity in background and skills is a strength and presents many exciting opportunities. There are so many generous, dedicated people who want to share their time and talent as volunteers. We are always working to engage and connect with our volunteers to ensure they feel valued, and that they know that their contributions make meaningful differences to the lives of our members and to the community. I am excited to bring Volunteerism to new heights at the Y!
I’m new to Volunteer Management but not to volunteering, having gained almost 13 years of non-profit experience working with and managing volunteers in various capacities. I truly believe that volunteering is at the heart of who we are as Canadians. I grew up in Winnipeg, where I started volunteering at a young age. Since moving to Vancouver in 2002, I’ve continued to be an active volunteer
- through church
- in coaching children’s tennis and basketball
- in helping to build homes with Habitat for Humanity
- as a volunteer driver for the 2010 Winter Olympics
- as a fundraiser for many causes close to my heart
- as a homestay to international youth as part of the YMCA’s Youth Peace Network
- as a director and volunteer executive for the St. Leonard’s Society of Canada.
Besides working at the Y, I am a huge supporter of their core values and goals – we never turn anyone away because of their inability to pay. I believe in sharing my time, talent and treasure to make this a better world.
I have a degree in Political Science and Economics, and am a Certified Payroll Manager. In my spare time I enjoy playing tennis, being active outdoors and trying what’s new in the local food scene.