North Shore KIA
Burnaby 2012 BC Seniors Games
I was introduced to Robin in January of 2012 by a member of the volunteer committee for the Burnaby 2012 BC Seniors Games. The Volunteer Directorate was responsible for recruiting and training volunteers, creating the volunteer handbook and hosting volunteers on venue. We were also responsible for setting up volunteer lounges, providing refreshments, and planning and hosting the volunteer appreciation event to mark the end of the Games.
After my first meeting with Robin, I knew something special had fallen into our laps. Robin was eager to get started and immediately took on the role of Volunteers Training Chair. Robin also offered to write up the framework and complete the editing of the volunteer handbook.
In March 2012, Robin delivered his first training session to the other volunteer chairs, who were responsible for the 26 sports and events at the Games. Everyone was gushing about Robin's presentation. Robin then recruited and trained a group of 7 volunteer facilitators to present the welcome and orientation training to over 1500 volunteers over two days on the 19th and 20th of August. That took a lot of planning, energy and skill to put together and we had nothing but compliments from the volunteers who attended the orientation sessions.
During the Games, Robin took on the role of Venue Manager at our biggest sporting location, Swangard Stadium/Central Park. Robin was responsible for Track and Field, Swimming, Lawn Bowls and the Horseshoe events. I am pleased to say that all events were successful, largely due to the skill and dedication of Robin Furby.
Robin and many others sent me messages following the Games, to say that if I ever get involved with anything like this again, to give them a call. If I do, Robin will be the first call that I make, as I cannot emphasize enough how willing and able he was to make these Games a success.
John McQuade, Director of Volunteers
Vancouver Organizing Committee
for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games
An exceptional training specialist, Robin takes the time to intimately understand the subject matter, and do additional research to become a content expert. This enables him to delve more deeply and create a richer learning experience.
At VANOC, he led our e-learning initiative, and took a leadership role in managing one of our very busy training centres. A dedicated and focused member of the team, Robin always found ways to build a rapport with participants and fellow facilitators. He was respected and valued by everyone on the team.
Robin makes the learning environment comfortable and fun. As a result, I received more positive feedback on Robin’s training sessions than any other facilitator on our team.
For all of the reasons above, and many more, I would highly recommend him.
Senior Manager, Games-time Training and
Volunteer Recruitment & Administration
Landsea Tours & Adventures
Robin originally joined us in 2007, completing 2 summer seasons as a tour guide.
His background as an instructor and his role with the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games, led us to hire him in October 2010 to work with us on updating our Mission, Vision and Values and upgrade the Orientation and Training program for our team.
Robin proved to be a valuable asset to us. Passionate about teamwork, he took the time to intimately understand the subject matter and undertake additional research to ensure that our team became content experts.
One of those people you truly enjoy being around, Robin keeps the learning environment professional, but also accommodating and fun.
We are excited that he has launched People Tree Learning and have invited him to continue the work he started last year for Landsea Tours & Adventures.
President, Landsea Tours & Adventures
Robin is a professional, dynamic and highly efficient instructor. He is an engaging classroom leader who uses a cooperative approach to draw out students and assist them in making a better analysis and synthesis of their newly acquired knowledge.
Nicole Beaulieu, CTC MEd
Director of Operations - Eton College
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