Behind the Scenes: November 2020 Volunteer Update by Debbie Bolton



Behind the Scenes with AMA Volunteers
Being a Mentor Exchange mentor is one of my most rewarding volunteer experiences. This is my sixth year and it’s always exciting to kick off the new season with my new mentee and chatting with my fellow mentors while enjoying some great training from partner Schulich Executive Education Centre. This year’s mentor training led by Megan Mitchell was an enlightening session on how to discover and leverage our own strengths and those of our mentees. Judging by the mentor buzz, we’re anxious to put our new learning into action.
AMA volunteering is also a great way to put your strengths to work in a community and for a community. Our volunteer community continues to grow. Since the beginning of our fiscal in July, we’ve onboarded 16 new volunteers, (welcoming 2 back after a hiatus). We’ve also placed 16 more existing volunteers in new positions, through promotions or new responsibilities. It’s like a volunteer jigsaw puzzle but it’s very satisfying when people and opportunities fit together and you see the big picture.
We’ve also rebranded our volunteer of the month program. We’ve renamed it AMA Rockstars and will be broadening its reach through our social channels and website. Each month outstanding volunteers will be showcased for their special contributions. Our thanks and congrats to our October Rockstars!

Karthik Kannan Marcom Account Director: Earlier this year, Karthik was promoted to Account Director responsible for promoting Education partners like Schulich. He’s embraced the role and is well-liked by his clients and our AMA team (he’s the first to provide content in the correct format and on schedule!) Karthik is now also supporting Marcom needs of the Partnership/Sponsorship team and is already making a huge impact on partnership engagement.

Sanjana Nair Partnership/Sponsorship Account Director: Since joining the Partnership team in 2020, Sanjana has taken on complex and important accounts such as Schulich, Globe and Mail and Architech. Her dedication, proactive approach and attention to detail has helped negotiate and finalize contracts and deliver partner value. Her relentless follow-up with clients and AMA’s internal teams is greatly appreciated!

There's an endless amount of helpful wisdom in our volunteer ranks.  If you're trying to predict the future of events, please read this interview with AMA Toronto VP Events and founder of Royal Blue Events, Ruby Sohi. 

If you’d like to learn more about our volunteer community and opportunities, please contact me at

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