New Volunteer Coordinator/Administrator

Hello from the Heritage Gardeners Executive Committee,

The New Year is upon us and it has brought with it a lot of change in our office. After 10 years of dedicated service to the Heritage Gardeners, Monica McLaren has ended her employment with us. Monica will be moving to Southern Ontario very soon to join her husband who has accepted a position in the Southern Ontario area. Monica was instrumental in the growth and development of the beautiful gardens we all enjoy at the waterfront as well as the growth and development of our volunteer programme. We are very thankful that we were able to work with such a dedicated and hardworking person. We wish her good luck and happy gardening in her new community.

In December of 2016 our Executive Committee passed a resolution to change the part-time role of the Coordinator to a full-time position Volunteer Coordinator/Administrator. The new position will be focused on volunteer recruitment and retention as well as the general administration of all Heritage Gardeners business.

After what was a difficult selection process, we are pleased to announce the successful candidate for the new Volunteer Coordinator/Administrator position is Jade Scognamillo. Jade has decided to make North Bay her home and is excited about working with all of our volunteers and community partners. Jade is starting to settle in to her new position and brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience that will benefit the Heritage Gardeners immensely. Jade was selected to receive a Wilfrid Laurier Centennial Full Scholarship because she encompassed leadership, passion, achievement, volunteerism, extracurricular activities and work experience with the desire to contribute to her community and beyond. She completed her BA in Geography with a minor in Communication Studies. She was extremely active in her previous community. Some of her previous activities include the Mayor of Caledon’s Youth Council and she was a Wilfrid Laurier University Athletic Ambassador as well as representing Ontario as a Canadian Olympic Torch Bearer and was the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Jade has experience as Event Promoter and Photographer and a Motivational Speaker. Much of this experience was gained from her involvement in Jade Swim4Life and her accomplishment in 2009 when she set a record as the youngest person to swim across Lake Ontario at the age of 15. In 2008 she became the youngest and fastest crosser of Lake Erie.

Jade is looking forward to meeting the many community partners and organizations that work directly or indirectly with the Heritage Gardeners and the Executive Committee of the Heritage Gardeners and is excited about embarking into a new direction during our 20th Anniversary year. Volunteer recruitment is the heart and soul of our organization and volunteers are a very precious resource we have to develop to guarantee the success of our programme.


North Bay Heritage Gardeners Executive Committee

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