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Faiza Venzant

Executive Director - Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration

From a young age, Faiza Venzant's parents instilled a strong sense of volunteerism in herself and her two older brothers. They, as immigrants to Canada from Uganda in the early 70s made a successful transition into Canadian life with the help of many generous volunteers. A volunteer herself from a very young age, she has been an advocate for volunteer engagement and excellence in volunteer management for over 20 years. As a facilitator for the Community Action Poverty Simulation, Faiza is passionate about equity and access amongst volunteers and leaders of volunteers. She believes strongly that a community with a thriving volunteer base improves the overall quality of life and health of all its members.

Faiza currently resides in Temecula, California and is the Executive Director with the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration and active member and volunteer with Association for Leaders in Volunteer Engagement (AL!VE.) She has been certified in volunteer administration since 2016.

Faiza is the recipient of the 2022 June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism for Excellence in Volunteer Engagement. In 2020, she was the recipient of TAVA’s Innovation Award. In 2019, she was the recipient of the inaugural IMPACT award in Canada for Exemplary Volunteer Leadership. From PAVR-O, she received the Linda Buchanan Award in 2013 and has received their President's Award twice.

In 2018, Faiza published her first children’s book entitled, My Mamma Wants to Eat Me Up! As a mother of two young boys, she has not actually eaten any of her children.

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  • Temecula, California