In Conversation With … College Volunteers

Posted On: August 10, 2022

A Virtual Volunteer Open House

Date: Wednesday September 21, 2022
Time: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Virtual (video conference)
Cost:  Free

The College of Naturopaths of Ontario has over a hundred volunteers who work on Committees, complete assessments, conduct inspections among other activities for College programs. Even with that amount of support, we’re looking for more Registrants and members of the public to lend a hand. This latest In Conversation With is an opportunity to learn more about volunteering with the College, what’s entailed, and what volunteering can offer you.

The College’s Governance Committee is pleased to invite members of the public and Registrants alike to a hosted conversation with a panel of our volunteers to answer questions you might have, and to talk about their history of volunteering with the College and other organizations, why they volunteer with the College and how they’ve benefit from the experience.

“Volunteering is a two-way street that benefits both the organization you work with and the volunteer themselves”, says Hanno Weinberger, Chair of the Governance Committee of the College. Mr. Weinberger goes on to say that “there are so many opportunities to learn and grow and most importantly, to serve Ontarians. Our panel would enjoy this opportunity to provide information and answer your questions.”

This 90-minute interactive session will offer participants more information about volunteer opportunities at the College, the benefits these unique opportunities offer, the new and innovative approaches we’re taking to support our volunteers, and the chance to pose questions directly to the panel on their experiences and insight.

If you’d like to attend this event, please register in advance. Click here to register now.

Attendees are also invited to submit any questions in advance, which will allow our panel to answer more questions in greater detail. Click here to submit your questions.


Panel Members

Hanno Weinberger

Hanno Weinberger is a retired elementary school teacher with nearly 40 years of teaching experience.

A firm believer in protecting the public interest, he has 16 years of regulatory experience and has served on both councils and/or committees for numerous regulators, including CONO, the Ontario College of Teachers, College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario, Ontario College of Trades, College of Denturists of Ontario and the College of Midwives of Ontario.

Hanno currently serves on the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario’s Professional Conduct Committee, the Ontario College of Teachers and as a Public Representative on 4 CONO committees.

Dr. Jamuna Kai, ND

Dr. Jamuna Kailash ND has an undergraduate Honors Degree in Science, with a Master of Education Degree in Adult Education, and has a special interest in cosmetic procedures utilizing acupuncture and IV therapy. She has experience working with patient populations across various academic institutions, including Durham College and Ontario Tech U. Having been exposed to such a busy and varied clinical practice, since being registered, has allowed her to see what the public faces when dealing with Naturopathic Doctors in different cities across Eastern Canada, especially within Ontario. She prioritizes time to volunteer with CONO as she appreciates the necessity of public safety being the lens through which decisions are viewed, by a regulatory body for a self-regulated health profession.

Shawn Bausch, Public Representative

Shawn has been a CONO volunteer for two years having served on the Quality Assurance, Standards, and Governance committees.

In his professional capacity, Shawn is a Canadian Chartered Professional Accountant and a US Certified Public Accountant.  A tax practitioner of 15 years in both Canada and the USA, Shawn has a particular interest in planning for business owners who are growing their businesses or planning for retirement.  In his professional capacity, he advises the boards of numerous corporations and non-profit organizations.

Shawn earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Western University in 1995 and is completing a Masters in Ethics at St. Michael’s University, Toronto.  He has also completed some of his accounting studies at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).

Shawn enjoys building community and is extremely active in leading several non-profit initiatives for low-cost housing, community outreach, and community arts organizations.

Rita Gupta

Since 2005 Rita has facilitated over 100 sessions (single and multi-sessions) with project teams.  During that time, she has gained experience with a wide variety of facilitation techniques and processes, adapting processes to changing situations and the needs of the group.

Rita has also used her wealth of facilitation experience to train clients on developing facilitation skills.  She has taught 2-day introductory courses that combine topics such as facilitation practices, meeting management, managing group conflict, and decision-making techniques.

Rita has experience beyond that of facilitation.  She has over 20 years of experience as a Project Manager, including a management role of Director of a PMO at an IT consulting firm.  She also has several years developing and implementing Project Processes.  She is a Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF) and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).






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