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Tasha and Danielle at their match meeting online


Every year Spark presents the Spark Outstanding Pro Bono Award at the Volunteer Manitoba Volunteer Awards Gala. We look forward to this day because it gives us a chance to recognize some of our volunteers and the impact their pro bono work has on the community, as well as celebrate volunteerism in Manitoba.


From now until awards night, we are celebrating the nominees for the Spark Outstanding Pro Bono Award, and their contributions to their community through a series of volunteer profiles. 


Today we are profiling Award nominee Danielle Harvey-Wilson!


Danielle reached out to Spark in 2019 wanting to help Winnipeg nonprofits and to lend her HR skills in a helpful way. She got the opportunity in 2023 with a match with Elizabeth Fry Society of Manitoba


Elizabeth Fry Society is an organization that provides “advocacy, access to resources and support to women who are in conflict with the law.” In March 2023, they approached Spark with an HR request. They needed help updating their job descriptions for core roles, ensuring that the new descriptions aligned with the actual responsibilities and tasks being performed.” 


According to Elizabeth Fry, Danielle was the perfect person for the task. 


Danielle began by “reviewing old descriptions to understand their baseline.” Next she “proceeded to conduct in-depth interviews with each staff member.” According to Elizabeth Fry staff, this was a “key step in gathering first hand information about their current roles and responsibilities.” Finally, Danielle took the collected data and drafted new job descriptions. This ensured that the new job descriptions were rooted in the reality of the staff’s daily activities and the organization’s needs. 


Throughout the match, Danielle “demonstrated exceptional professionalism and organizational skills, making the project seamless. Her empathetic nature, coupled with her ability to engage effectively with staff, made her an outstanding volunteer.”


Elizabeth Fry was very pleased with the outcome of Danielle’s work, reporting that “the clarity brought by the updated job descriptions has had a positive impact on staff understanding their roles and responsibilities.” Furthermore, “this has led to identifying areas for additional training and has laid a foundation for various organizational functions, thereby enhancing the overall effectiveness of the community service provided.  


Thank you Danielle for your amazing work with Elizabeth Fry!