Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are essential to the success of CCAE. They help ensure that CCAE programs and services respond in a timely fashion to current needs in advancement, and that content is based on significant, relevant topics and issues. CCAE volunteers generously share their knowledge and experience with peers and with the association.

CCAE’s Volunteer Recognition Program is made possible by the generous support of:

Dr. Debra Pozega Osburn presenting at the 2022 CCAE National Conference

Featured Volunteers

Annette Paul

Dalla Lana School of Public Health
University of Toronto

 Moderator for the 2022 Stewardship & Donor Relations Summit, Presenter at 2021  CCAeTalks, 2022 Prix d’Excellence Judge

Lori Lancaster

Mount Saint Vincent University

Institutional Ambassador, 2022 TDIMM fellowship selection committee Chair

Shanna Parisien

Concordia University

 2022 Prix d’Excellence Judge, 2022 National Conference Committee Member

Annually, over 200 volunteers answer the call to make an impact by assisting with the below areas:

Be a part of the selection committee for the CCAE Distinguished Awards and TDIMM Fellowships in Advancement

Be a presenter at CCAE conferences and workshops.

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CCAE’s professional learning program provides unparalleled Canadian advancement knowledge to advancement professionals nationwide. Through dynamic and innovative presentations, webinars, and workshops, attendees increase their advancement skills, expand their networks and learn valuable information to further develop their careers.

Summits include a variety of topics targeted towards all sizes of institutions, types and advancement themes. All fees are designated in Canadian Dollars.

Be a judge or host for the Prix d’Excellence Program

Be apart of a planning committee, and help plan and run, conferences and workshops.

Act as Institutional Ambassadors directly linking their schools to CCAE

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An Institutional Ambassador promotes CCAE activities, services and benefits within all levels of CCAE member organizations. Reporting to the Co-Chairs, Institutional Ambassadors, he/she serves as a liaison for CCAE and provides valuable feedback to CCAE regarding programming and offerings.

CCAE Institutional Ambassador Responsibilities

Institutional Promotion:

  • Regularly promote CCAE activities and highlight CCAE benefits to advancement staff through both formal and informal communication methods (one-on-one or group discussions, e-mails, intranet, staff meetings, posters, etc.)
  • Help assess CCAE’s programs and services by gathering information/feedback from colleagues to ensure CCAE is meeting needs of advancement professionals

CCAE Membership Promotion:

  • Contact colleagues from other schools to promote and encourage taking on CCAE membership
  • Provide CCAE with advancement staff contact information from home institution
  • Provide CCAE with feedback and recommendations on offerings and activities
  • When possible, attend conferences and workshops and introduce speakers at sessions
  • Participate in semi-annual teleconference to receive updates on upcoming CCAE activities as well as sharing member feedback

Requirements & Qualifications

  • Organization, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of and experience in the advancement profession
  • Sound judgment, flexibility, tact and diplomacy
  • Enthusiasm about the advancement profession and CCAE’s vision and mission


  • Build and expand professional network
  • Enhance interpersonal/communication skills
  • Learn best practices from other institutions
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Serve your profession in a meaningful way
  • Receive the ‘inside scoop’ on upcoming CCAE initiatives

Time Commitment

  • 2-year term
  • Flexible scheduling, on average 3-5 hours per month
  • 2 teleconferences per year
  • Attendance at/participation in workshops and conferences (when feasible)

Serve on the CCAE Board of Directors in key governance roles.

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CCAE Volunteer Equity Statement

CCAE is dedicated to ensuring our volunteer committees are inclusive, equitable, respectful, and reflects the diversity of our membership. Nominations are welcomed from individuals within visible minorities such as people of colour, Indigenous/Aboriginal Peoples, women, people of any sexual orientation or gender identity, and persons with disabilities. If you require accessibility or other accommodations as a volunteer, CCAE will work with you to ensure these needs are met. All standards and privacy regulations from the Government of Canada’s self-declaration guidelines will be followed by CCAE.

Collection and Use of Equity Information

  • Information is collected on the basis of self-identification.
  • Information provided by applicants is treated as confidential.
  • CCAE will disclose relevant self-identification information to the Election Committee only at those stages of the search where equity may be relevant.
  • You may also choose not to self-identify.
  • Please contact us with any questions or concerns.

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Past Volunteers

wdt_ID Date Event Position Name Institution
1 2021/22 2021/22 CCAE Institutional Ambassadors Chair Sarah Clarke Carleton University
2 2021/22 2021/22 CCAE Institutional Ambassadors Anne-Marie Aguilar University of Alberta
3 2021/22 2021/22 CCAE Institutional Ambassadors Alisha Bainbridge University of New Brunswick
4 2021/22 2021/22 CCAE Institutional Ambassadors Colleen Bangs University of Calgary
5 2021/22 2021/22 CCAE Institutional Ambassadors Jason Coates Vancouver Island University
6 2021/22 2021/22 CCAE Institutional Ambassadors Jodi Currie SAIT
7 2021/22 2021/22 CCAE Institutional Ambassadors Mary Ann Daye Saint Mary's University
8 2021/22 2021/22 CCAE Institutional Ambassadors Sheila Driscoll Holland College
9 2021/22 2021/22 CCAE Institutional Ambassadors Shelley Hamill Queen's University
10 2021/22 2021/22 CCAE Institutional Ambassadors Meghan Hanbury Lakehead University
Date Event Position Name Institution