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The team at Aulneau Renewal Centre and volunteer Kelly Thibodeau (bottom left) at the match meeting


Every year Spark presents the Spark Outstanding Pro Bono Award at the Volunteer Manitoba Volunteer Awards Gala. We look forward to this day every year 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 Kelly Thibodeau, founder of Squarely Accessible!


Kelly began her volunteer journey in 2018 after a friend referred her to Spark. Soon after connecting with us on LinkedIn, Kelly saw our request needing social media volunteers and jumped at the opportunity to help. 


Kelly thought Spark was the right fit for her because she “loved the idea of getting to know more about the organizations doing meaningful work in the city, and more than that, that Spark is about helping organizations– not just replacing skills– but actually building capacity in the organization itself.” 


Since then she has completed 3 matches. She is nominated for her most recent work with Aulneau Renewal Centre


Since its founding in 1979, Aulneau Renewal Centre “works with individuals, couples, and families to develop therapeutic plans that meet their specific needs through therapy, education, support, and guidance.” 


In late 2022 Aulneau approached Spark needing assistance with their digital marketing, specifically wanting to increase promotion of their workshops and professional development offerings. 


Kelly had worked with Aulneau’s Executive Director, Elizabete Halprin, on previous project so bringing the pair together again was a great fit. 


Kelly “worked with [the] team at Aulneau to streamline and improve [their] digital presence online.” She began with conducting an audit on their existing social media, and website. Next, Kelly used the data to build a strategy. Finally she presented her work and made sure to include feedback from the team in the final product. 


Aulneau reported that “because of her support we have been able to improve how we connect with the community, have seen improvements in engagement online and have seen an increase in the number of people registering for our workshops which are a huge benefit to our organization.”


Thank you Kelly for your amazing work with Aulneau!

For more volunteer profiles check out Danielle Harvey-Wilson and Sheila Young!