President and CEO
Ruth has worked in the voluntary sector for almost 20 years and has extensive organizing experience at grassroots, provincial and national levels. In August 2007, Ruth was named president of Volunteer Canada.
Ruth first joined Volunteer Canada in 2001 and became a member of the senior management team in 2003. As director, Ruth led the implementation of the Canada Volunteerism Initiative, established a network with national voluntary organizations and provided leadership on relationships with volunteer centres and other partners. Prior to joining Volunteer Canada, Ruth worked at the Canadian Cancer Society's Ontario division and later with the Nova Scotia division as director of volunteer development.
Throughout her life, Ruth has been involved in countless volunteer opportunities--from frontline service delivery to community-based activist work to the leadership level through a variety of boards, committees and advisory groups. All this experience has taught Ruth that volunteering is more than something we do, she believes it is intrinsic to who we are as individuals and as caring Canadians.