I would not be doing any of the things I am doing in my career today if I hadn’t had the opportunities to learn and develop through volunteering. -Kevin Freedman
We at Spark have the opportunity to meet incredibly talented people who want to use their skills to help build a stronger Winnipeg. To celebrate their time and talents we want to shine our spotlight on them. Each month we will profile one of our volunteers. Today we interview Kevin Freedman, teacher, consultant, and founder of the Governance Guru.
What is your professional background?
I teach in the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Winnipeg and specialize in non-profit management, strategy, and business psychology. I also run a consulting business called the Governance Guru which provides a variety of services to non-profits, primarily providing help and training in governance and policy.
How did you learn about Spark?
Spark has been on my radar for several years though I cannot recall how I first heard of it.
What about Spark’s mission appealed to you?
I appreciate being partnered with an organization that is seeking very specific help as well as having the support of the Spark team. Pro-bono work is a core component of my business, which more or less developed out of providing services as a volunteer for a number of organizations.
How has volunteering impacted your work and/or personal life?
Volunteering has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, and I am maybe the poster child for the benefits volunteering can provide for a volunteer. My career has developed out of the experience and expertise I have developed through volunteering. From my role with the Canadian Blood Services speakers bureau and presenting on environmental topics to schools and community groups, to sitting on numerous volunteer boards, I have learned so much, met many amazing people. I would not be doing any of the things I am doing in my career today if I hadn’t had the opportunities to learn and develop through volunteering.
What advice would you give those considering volunteering with Spark?
Go for it! It can be a lot of work to find a suitable partner to do some pro-bono work with and the Spark team finds great organizations that really can use your help. Spark can effectively match your skill set with an organization that will benefit greatly from your expertise, and supporting local agencies will make our community a better place overall.
What’s next for you?
I’m looking forward to expanding my business and helping non-profits and their boards from coast to coast be more effective. After helping two organizations through Spark matches over the past year, I am also looking forward to another great Spark match!
Interested in volunteering your skills with Spark? Checkout our website for more information and let’s set up a time to chat!