Meet The Team
Christine Oldfield, Executive Director
Christine knows that sometimes volunteering can feel like the broccoli of the dinner plate – boring, but good for you! Since 2004, Christine has held various roles at the Volunteer Centre and, currently, as Executive Director, she is excited to highlight the joys of volunteering. From student activism to her volunteer work as a Board Member of the Workside Early Childhood Education Centre, Christine has had a wealth of experience in local and international communities. These experiences had a lasting impact on her both professionally and personally. When she is not at work, Christine enjoys practicing yoga and hiking local trails with her husband and two children. She is also a self-proclaimed ‘foodie’!
Kim Cusimano, Communications & Program Coordinator
With more than 15 years experience working and volunteering in community benefit organizations, Kim has a passion for community development; the unique fabric each community represents, the spirit of the collective and what is the greatest potential that partnerships and collaborations hold. Volunteer engagement has been a key component of both paid and volunteer roles having a significant impact on the journey taken thus far. A Wizard of Oz aficionado and collector, Kim looks for the rainbow in every situation and lives by the motto ‘There’s No Place Like Home’ where she has two daughters who make her laugh every day.
Emily Vincent, Program Coordinator
Coming from a family of globe-trotters, Emily grew up overseas before making roots in Guelph. For a number of years, she worked in developmental and mental health services where volunteer management was always an integral part of her work. This positive experience of working with volunteers ultimately led her to join the Volunteer Centre in 2009. She now coordinates two programs: Snow Angels and Best Practices in Volunteer Screening. When she is not at work, Emily volunteers with Trees for Tots, gardening at the John McCrae House Garden and helping children improve their literacy skills with The Colour Wheel Project. Emily is an avid reader and belongs to a local Guelph book club. She recently fell in love with the Rockies where she hikes with her family and visits her two daughters.
Gerri Howitt, Data Resource Specialist
Born in the Royal City, Gerri is a true Guelphite and an active member of our community. With a background in history and fine art from the University of Guelph, she has volunteered with Guelph Museums and the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, now known as the Art Gallery of Guelph. She has been with the Volunteer Centre since 2007 and oversees the Community Information Guelph database. With an eye for detail, Gerri is an exceptional editor and has become the go-to proofreader on staff.
Natasha Wilson, Information & Referral Administrator
Interested in everything community, Natasha has worked in the non-profit sector for over 5 years and has held numerous volunteer positions throughout her educational and professional career. Natasha’s first volunteer opportunity was in high school at Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Since then, she has volunteered in Soup Van services, Aboriginal Awareness Centres, Immigrant Services and more recently Library Services. As the Information & Referral Administrator, Natasha is thrilled to be part of the Volunteer Centre team, to consolidate her professional and volunteer experiences and connect the Guelph-Wellington community with the awesome range of ever evolving programs and services. When not working, you will find Natasha at the gym or walking downtown with her family to participate in community events.