Zoom screen shot of two women smiling for the camera

Volunteer Sumegha (right) and Allie at the match meeting over Zoom


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 Sumegha Gupta, President of NDS Tec!


Sumegha came to Spark a few years ago wanting to help nonprofits struggling with IT issues because she felt thatSpark’s vision matches with [her own]. That is helping non profits, while utilizing CED’s principles”


Soon after Sumgeha volunteered her skills we got a call from Manitoba Eco Network, an organization that “promotes positive environmental action. [Their] mission is to promote good environment governance, support and build capacity, advocate for environmental justice, and act as a bridge between environmental organizations, the public, and all levels of government”  


The Manitoba Eco Network needed IT help. Specifically, their WordPress website was old and not functioning as well as it should, leading to time lost researching fixes and frustration amongst the staff. 


Sumegha was perfect for this project.


The organization wrote that “Sumegha listened carefully to our struggles and wishes for better functionality. Over a few months, she worked with our website seamlessly behind the scenes to make changes and updates to the system.”


Furthermore, Sumegha helped make the website much more user-friendly for staff members without a computer background, and carefully explained what she was doing in a way they could understand. 


Reflecting on the match, Manitoba Eco Network saw further ripples than just an IT fix. “Sumegha’s help went beyond the technicalities of website development. She took a huge weight off our shoulders and enabled us to work more effectively with less stress.  We felt lucky to have access to her skills and expertise for free, because it was clearly a high-value service that had measurable benefits for a small environmental organization such as ours. It was great to be able to post all of our policy advocacy and research projects with ease.” 


Thank you Sumegha for your amazing WordPress work!


For more volunteer profiles check out Danielle Harvey-Wilson, Sheila Young, Kelly Thibodeau, Margo Powell, Evgeniya Lapanov, Melanie Houde, and Amanda Minuk and David Gut!