From a young age, Faiza Venzant's parents instilled a strong sense of volunteerism in her and her two older brothers. As immigrants to Canada from Uganda in the early 70s, they made a successful transition into Canadian life with the help of many generous volunteers. A volunteer herself from a very young age, Venzant has been an advocate for Volunteer Engagement and excellence in Volunteer Management for the last 22 years. As a facilitator for the Community Action Poverty Simulation, Venzant is passionate about equity and access amongst volunteers and leaders of volunteers. She believes strongly that a community with a thriving volunteer base improves the overall quality of life and health of all its members.
Venzant resides in Temecula, California. She is the Executive Director with the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration and an active member and volunteer with Association for Leaders in Volunteer Engagement (AL!VE.) She has been certified in volunteer administration since 2016.
Venzant is the recipient of the 2022 June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism for Excellence in Volunteer Engagement. In 2020, she was the recipient of TAVA’s Innovation Award. In 2019, she received the inaugural IMPACT award in Canada for Exemplary Volunteer Leadership. From PAVR-O, Vanzant received the Linda Buchanan Award in 2013 and has twice received their President's Award.
In 2018, Vanzant published her first children’s book entitled, My Mamma Wants to Eat Me Up! As a mother of two young boys, she has not actually eaten any of her children.