Mischa.jpgChapter President - Mischa Mueller, MA, CFRE is a Director of Philanthropy at the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation. Prior to moving back to the Okanagan in 2015, he was working at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. Mischa has a Master’s Degree in History from the University of Toronto and completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Victoria and UBC-Okanagan. Connect with him on LinkedIn

President Elect - Vacant

Richelle.jpgPast President - Richelle Leckey is the Community Engagement Coordinator for Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs and has been working in the not-for-profit world for most of her career. Through events, fundraising activities and donor support over $600,000 is raised annually at the Boys and Girls Clubs. Richelle is committed to giving children, youth and families in the Okanagan who need us the most the best chance for a “Great Future”. She believes in the value of working collaboratively with organizations and individuals who are passionate about helping all young people become healthy, successful contributing members of society.

Ester.jpgSecretary- Ester Pike is the Resource Development Coordinator for the Kelowna Women’s Shelter. Skilled in organisational development, assessment, and management, she has almost 8 years experience working with and for various local and international non-profit organisations including the Canadian Red Cross and the YMCA of Okanagan. Ester holds a Master’s of Science in Occupational Psychology w. Merit from the University of Leicester, UK and a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology w. Honors from the University of Derby, UK. Connect with her on Connect with her on LinkedIn 

Sean.jpgDirector at large- Sean Ayers is the Fund Development Manager for the Child Advocacy Centre, an organization which supports children impacted by abuse. With the CAC in early stages, Sean is building a long term fundraising platform to support this important work into the future and ensure financial stability into the future. Sean also sits on the Board of Elevation Outdoors, an organization which helps get children outside.

Ginny_Head_Shot_2.jpgGovernment Relations Chair- Ginny Becker
 is the executive director of the Kelowna Foundation, an organization dedicated to doing project-based work that directly benefits the community. The foundation’s priority project today is the development of the Child Advocacy Centre of Kelowna. In this capacity Ginny is at the foundational level of developing the long term fundraising platform to support this important work into the future. Personally she he also an active fundraiser supporting the important work of Diabetes Canada as an ambassador for Team Diabetes.  

uPujaGMMSHmMeRTe8JrD_temp-T.jpgMarketing & Communications Chair - Karen Velazquez is an entrepreneur and avid supporter of philanthropic endeavours. On the philanthropy side, she is the Development Director at Her International and also sits on the board of MADD Okanagan. Karen’s experience includes inbound marketing, event planning, and fundraising. She has an undergrad in Communications from Royal Roads University and a Masters in International Relations from Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals. In 2019 she was an ambassador and fundraising Team Captain for the BC Cancer Foundation's Ride to Conquer Cancer. Connect with her on LinkedIn

Magda2.jpgEducation & Programs-
Karin Massar iKarin has over fifteen years of experience working in the non-profit sector as a Fundraising
professional. Her career path connected her to charitable work through volunteering and desire
to support the community. She elevated her skills with an Honours postgraduate diploma in
Fundraising and Resource Development. In 2011 she moved to BC from ON and is happy to now be living in Kelowna, working for the BC SPCA as the Senior Officer, Community Giving. Karin enjoys meeting people, building lasting relationships and matching philanthropic opportunities to their passion and interests.

Membership- Magda Kapp
is the Development Officer at Alzheimer Society of B.C. Magda is a graduate of Simon Fraser University with aBachelor of Arts Degree in Communications, and has over 30 years experience in marketing and communications, both in Vancouver and Kelowna.  Previous to working at BrainTrust Canada she was the Public Relations Manager at Sun-Rype.  She is active in the community and has held several volunteer positions with local charitable organizations. Magda is married and lives in West Kelowna on a small acreage with an apple orchard with her husband and golden retriever.

Kelly.jpgIDEA- Kelly Paley
is the Director of Fund Development for The Bridge Youth & Family Services. After 4 years with The Bridge overseeing administrative and facility operations, Kelly is excited to dedicate her time to raising awareness for the organization as it embarks on its 50th anniversary and capital campaign to open a Youth Recovery House for young people struggling with problematic substance use. Kelly has worked in both the for-profit and non-profit sector focusing on marketing, business development and fundraising. 

Regional Director- Bradley Bostock (Information to come)

Shannon.jpgDirector at large- Shannon Jolley
is one of the founding members of the AFP Okanagan board, having been involved with our chapter since 2013.  She launched the first National Philanthropy Day luncheon in 2015, and facilitates the Annual Giving/First Time Giving module in Kelowna Community Resources’ Fund Development Overview course.  Shannon spent 17 years in for profit sales, marketing and communications before moving her family from Vancouver to Kelowna in 2011, and moving into the non-profit world.  She currently holds the position of Manager, Fundraising & Development for JDRF’s Interior BC Chapter. 

0__2_.jpegTreasurer- Justin Goodhew
 is a technology entrepreneur turned social impact entrepreneur; founder of trellis.org, an all-in-one platform for virtual, in person and everything in-between fundraisers. Justin's personal and professional goal is to empower global collective impact by making it as easy as possible for money to go from a donor to a charities bank account. Justin grew up in the GTA but is now living in Kelowna, BC, and loves to snowboard, hike and mountain bike with his partner and dogs.  Connect with him on LinkedIn