ABOUT US

VIO Volunteers began as a public Facebook group and volunteer initiative founded on March 21, 2020. After locating 22.9 million masks for Ontario hospitals by cold-calling businesses and directing a public offer of 2000 ventilators from Tesla to the Ministry of Health, the decision to register as a non-profit organization came easily. 

MEET THE BOARD

Matt Drouillard
Founder & CIO

An entrepreneur for the past six years, Matt has had a long and winding career. His work experience includes everything from epidemiological research to retail management, hospitality to RV and B2B sales, as well as project coordination, marketing and event planning. Matt founded the Facebook group Volunteers in Ontario Finding PPE for Hospitals on March 21, 2020, which quickly grew into VIO Volunteers.

Claudine Santos
President & CEO

Claudine studied in England and Kingston, ON at Queen's University, earning degrees in politics and Spanish literature as well as a certificate of international studies. She also has a background in law. She's had a circuitous career path to becoming director of parliamentary affairs to Nunavut Senator Dennis Patterson, having worked as the general manager and corporate trainer for Prime Restaurant, social media manager for TheINNERface.com, and run her own company Family Industries, to name a few. She lives in Barrhaven, ON with her husband and young son.

Mailyne K. Briggs
Vice President

Mailyne K. Briggs is an artist and the founder and owner of Dream Love Grow Media, a small business specializing in digital media marketing, communications and content creation. She is also a co-founder of In Our Tongues Reading & Arts Series, and A Real Thought (A.R.T.) In Action Ottawa. To balance work and motherhood, she creates art, writes and works with plants.

Aparna Sanwalka
CFO & COO

Aparna holds a Bachelor of Commerce and diplomas in psychology and early childhood education and is a former member of the Canadian Armed Forces armoured reserve. She has worked in mental health for over a decade and is an advocate for and supporter of families of children with exceptionalities. She has run several successful businesses, created and wrote the curriculum for the home daycare provider course through her work at Riverdale Immigrant Women's Centre Job Link program, has spoken to legislatures at Queen's Park about the Public Sector and MPP Accountability and Transparency Act, 2014, and volunteers at her local church. 

Karryn Patrick
Director of Events Coordination

With several years of experience in administration, customer service and account management, Karryn has worked on drafting and auditing commercial leases, preparing financial statements and conducting Personal Property Security Act searches and registration. Born and raised in Montreal, she is proficient in both English and French. She has been living in the GTA for over two decades and has a sincere desire to serve her community and province.