Each year we present the Spark Outstanding Pro Bono Award at the Volunteer Manitoba Awards. Like many other special events, this celebration is typically done in person, but due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Volunteer Manitoba has once again decided to host the awards celebration online via their Facebook page.
Regardless if we come together in-person or over our computers, we at Spark always look forward to this day because it gives us a chance to recognize our volunteers and the impact their work has had on the community, as well as celebrate volunteerism throughout Manitoba.
From now until awards night, we are celebrating these nominees for the Spark Outstanding Pro Bono Award, and their contributions to their community through a series of volunteer profiles.
Today we are profiling Regan Windsor!
We matched Regan with Fireweed Food Co-op, an organization with a mission to “reduce barriers to and increase participation in the local food system for all people from producers to eaters”, to undertake an informal financial review process. Prior to having Regan involved, Fireweed’s financial processes reflected the small organization. This changed in 2020 when Fireweed received a grant from the Province of Manitoba to implement a Food Hub Pilot Project and in the span of a year, their operating budget grew over 400%.
The organization needed help developing tools to manage this larger budget.
Regan conducted a financial review which helped the organization get a clear picture of their past, present, and future financials. But Regan didn’t stop there. According to nominator Naomi, “Regan recently joined us as a volunteer mentor to our board’s Finance Committee. She will also be training the larger board on how to better understand financial statements, undertake effective financial planning and the general importance of financial stewardship. This process is allowing us to become more sustainable and dedicate more time for fund development activities.”
Congratulations on your nomination, Regan! Thank you for volunteering your financial expertise and helping to make Winnipeg a healthier and more vibrant community!