DONNA LOCKHART, Hons B.A. (Urban Geography); M.E.S. (Masters of Environmental Studies - Community Development and Recreation Planning)

Donna Lockhart is a partner with RETHINK Inc., the Ontario arm of Canada’s RETHINK GROUP. She is recognized for her extensive experience in community development, volunteer engagement/management, board leadership development, facilitation, strategic planning and visioning, project management, research, resource development, training, teaching and coaching.

Career Summary

Throughout her career in community development, Donna as worked primarily in leadership positions in the non-profit sector. She has worked in the social, health, recreation and education sectors with a primary focus on voluntary sector management.

She has often combined part time work and self-employment. She has been self-employed on a full time basis since 2003. Clients and organizations appreciate her skills in board leadership development, volunteer management, interpersonal relations and team building, project management, strategic planning, problem solving, facilitation and training, change management and research. Her objective nature, combined with creativity, supports an entrepreneurial approach to work. Donna’s positive attitude and cooperative nature in building relationships have given her an excellent reputation.

Professional Objective "Helping YOU attract, support & expand you volunteer resources."

Donna is an advocate, trying to raise the importance of volunteer engagement/management as a ‘profession.' If organizations value their people resources, they must be vigilant in positioning volunteerism within their organization and giving staff and volunteers the tools/resources to succeed. She is committed to life long learning and seeks variety in work opportunities. She is a positive role model, mentor, trainer and resource for those seeking to build better organizations and communities.


  • Certified Volunteer Resource Manager, PAVR-O 2006; re-certified 2009.
  • Masters Degree, Community Development and Recreation, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto, 1975.
  • Honors B.A., Cultural Geography, York University, Toronto, 1973.
  • Permanent “A” Certificate, Municipal Recreation.
  • Certified National Trainer, United Way of Canada and “Eden Associate” Trainer in Long Term Care.
  • Awards: Cadillac-Fairview Research Award and was the first recipient to be awarded Research Funds by the Ontario Association of Volunteer Administration (OAVA) to examine ‘Best Practices’ in voluntarism, 1996.

Employment Summary

  • Principal, The RETHINK Group, 1982 - present.
  • Executive Director (contract) PAVR-O 2008-2011.
  • Curriculum Designer for Charity Village: on-line program “Building a Great Volunteer Program” launched in August 2006.
  • Instructor and Curriculum Designer, Sir Sandford Fleming College, Certificate in Volunteer Management (1996 - present).
  • Instructor, Sir Sandford Fleming College, Recreation Leadership Program: “Staff and Volunteer Management and Recruitment” 2004.
  • Instructor, Sir Sandford Fleming College, Community Development and Health: “Working with the Older Adult” 2002-03.
  • Director of Staff Development and Activation, Marycrest Home (1999-2003).
  • Executive Director, Junior Achievement of Peterborough (1998-1999).
  • Director of Fund Raising, Marycrest Home (1996-1998).
  • Director of Volunteer Leadership Development, United Way (1984-1995).
  • Community Development Facilitator; Youth Supervisor; Program Supervisor, City of North York Recreation Department (1975-1981).


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