Erin R. Spink

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Over the past 20 years, Erin Spink has been passionately involved as a volunteer, advocate, and employee in the social profit sector, working in volunteer engagement. She is the founder of spinktank, an innovative think tank on the profession of volunteer engagement. 

Spink completed an Honours Sociology Degree, before receiving her Certificate with Distinction in Volunteer Program Management from Conestoga College. She later joined the faculty and has been an Instructor for the past eight years. In 2008, Spink completed an M.A. (Leadership), submitting a major research project which was the first-ever academic work to quantify the concept of “volunteer engagement.” Spink’s work has been published in both Canadian and international journals. Spink was fortunate to be selected as an Action Canada Fellow in 2010, one of only 17 young Canadians chosen. She had the honour of serving on the Board of Directors for PAVRO (Professional Administrators of Volunteer Resources – Ontario) for five years, including two years as president. 

Spink’s interest in volunteers began at the age of six, when she pronounced that while it was wrong to eat animals, hamburgers at McDonald’s came from “volunteer cows” and therefore an exception could be made. She has since changed her mind and is strongly opposed to eating volunteers.

Spink can be reached at erin.spink@yahoo.ca