Randy Kay, Coordinator of Volunteers

Randy Kay joined OPIRG McMaster as Coordinator of Volunteers in March 1998.

A graduate of Sheridan College in Journalism, followed by an HonsBA from McMaster in English Literature (part time), I was already an active volunteer with OPIRG as a founding member of Recycle Cycles Working Group (1997) when I was hired. I brought my experience in Media (VIEW Magazine, CFMU Radio host) and my love of active student engagement to the young McMaster organization.

Since then I've consistently sought to increase my capabilities to provide support for the wonderful and inspiring student volunteers I have the privilege to work with: since starting at OPIRG, I've earned a certificate in Volunteer Management from Mohawk College (2010), and a Public Relations Certificate  at McMaster Continuing Education.

My passion for the people and places of Hamilton, Ontario is evidenced in my involvement in community organizations, as a member of (among others):

  • Cootes to Escarpment Planning Stakeholder Advisory Committee member, January 2008 to May 2009
  • Hamilton Conservation Authority's Dundas Valley 50 Year Vision, Stakeholder Group, May to November 2008, phase two July 2012
  • Consultant to Hamilton Community Foundation Youth Advisory Committee on the Environment (September 2004 to 2014)
  • Founding member Transportation for Liveable Communities (TLC), 2000 to present
  • Founder of Restore Cootes, 2001 - present
  • Board member of SHAIR International Resource Centre (1994-1997)

Being involved with a developing not-for-profit organization has provided many opportunities to contribute to the maturation of OPIRG McMaster. I am proud to have introduced OPIRG's social media presence (Facebook, Twitter, Blog, Youtube, Instagram), the Board and Working Group WIKI Intranet, Year End Reporting for Working Groups, and helping to create policies to make  working group selection and "applications for support" more transparent, as well as arranging for McMaster MBA Students to create a Strategic Plan for OPIRG McMaster (2010)

I have also brought major projects to OPIRG, including the Lot M/History of Coldspring Valley through my volunteer work in Restore Cootes, and the hugely successful Hamilton Street Tree Project. Other innovative contributions include creating an online History Archive, an interactive OPIRG Map, and helping develop the annual Public Interest Grant.

I continue to advocate within OPIRG McMaster for best practices in financial transparency, an updated and improved Resource Database, and the creation of a Mission Statement. As always, I seek more avenues to support the aspirations of students and community volunteers seeking to make a real difference through their involvement with OPIRG McMaster.

Randy can be reached at 905-525-9140 x26026, or e-mail

​His personal Twitter handle is @dundastard

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