About Pioneers

Pioneers is a network of volunteers in Canada and the US who effect immediate, tangible change in local communities. Our network of volunteers donate over four million hours of volunteer time annually. We focus our efforts in five major areas: helping military families, protecting the environment, education, life enrichment and health and human services. We are looking for volunteers and donors who share our passion for answering the call of those in need, so we can strengthen our legacy of making a difference.

Our Mission

Pioneers is a network of volunteers who effect immediate, tangible change in local communities.

Our Vision

To be recognized as a world-class leader in volunteerism. To be respected and valued by our members, strategic partners, global community and our industry. We are committed to the diversity and growth of our members and strategic partners in improving the quality of life in our communities.

Pioneers Timeline

Pioneers Timeline

Telephone Pioneers of America was founded in Boston at a meeting at the Somerset Hotel.

Fellowship is at the Heart of Pioneering

Fellowship is at the Heart of Pioneering

In the beginning, friendship and fellowship were what it was all about.

Angus Macdonald, The Spirit of Service

Angus Macdonald, The Spirit of Service

The Pioneers love this painting as it so aptly embodies the group’s mission, vision and values.

Through good times, as well as demanding challenges, the spirit of service, the very hallmark of our industry, shines brightly within Pioneers and their good deeds. It is our tradition and it is our future.

Hal Burlingame, Past President

Strategic Partners


Board Members

  • Deb Foley Chairman of the Board
  • Charlene Hill Executive Director
AT&T Pioneers
  • Joe Holbert
  • Gloria Pazel
  • Shirley Sanz
  • Lou Solis
  • Michelle Turner
  • Kris Wells
Bell Aliant, Canadian & SaskTel Pioneers
  • Darrell Liebrecht
  • Allan Miller
Legacy West Pioneers
  • Cheryl Daughtry
  • Larry Lamper
New Outlook Pioneers
  • Dan Katze
  • Don Sage
New Vision Pioneers
  • Deb Foley
  • Mary Lefebvre
  • Diane Rodger