Amplifying the Good: Not-For-Profit Collaboration in Our Community

When:  May 19, 2022 from 08:30 AM to 03:15 PM (PT)
Associated with  AFP BC, Okanagan Chapter

Why is collaboration so challenging? How can we bring in other sectors and get everyone to work closer together to build a healthier and more sustainable community?

AFP Okanagan will be leading full day of learning, discussion and collaboration on May 19 to address these questions.

The morning will feature keynote speaker, Vu Le followed by a panel discussion with business leaders, government representatives, funders and non-profits speaking about their experiences with and dreams for collaboration in our community. 

In the afternoon there will be a speed dating session where attendees will come together with the goal of meeting one another and finding some common ground. The day will wrap up with small group sessions for everyone to talk about their collaboration goals and next steps.

  “This event is not just for fundraisers – executive directors, board members, volunteers, business leaders, philanthropists, really anyone with an interest in cross-sector collaboration will want to attend,” says AFP Okanagan Chapter President Mischa Mueller.

“When was the last time you attended a coalition made up of people besides nonprofit unicorns and the occasional program officer? When did we last meet with a business or government person, and the agenda was not to secure a donation or sponsorship or grant or to get them on our boards?

Whatever the reasons are, our communities can’t afford for business, government, and nonprofits to be so siloed from one another. The challenges we as a society are facing increase exponentially, and the resources that we have with which to tackle these problems pretty much remain the same or decreasing. The gap between needs and resources grows by the day. To have a chance of building the community that we envision, all the sectors must be BFFs.”

-Vu Le, NonprofitAF

Date: May 19

Location: Innovation Centre 460 Doyle Avenue, Kelowna, BC


8:30am Informal Networking/Coffee Talk - there’s a Blenz on site to get your favorite frothy beverage and we have 2 for 1 coupons!

9:15am Welcome

9:30am Key Note Presentation – Vu Le

10:15am Break

10:30am Panel Discussion with guests Vu Le, Mayor Colin Basran, Shane Worman, Sue Manzuik, Crystal Flaman and Kendra Langrish

11:45 am Break for Lunch (we will be downtown so lots of great options to choose from)

1:00pm Not-For-Profit Speed Dating: representatives from all sectors will come together to share key points about what each person/organization does, with the goal of finding some common ground in which they may be able to collaborate.

2:00 Break

2:15 The Collaboration Dream & Next Steps – small group discussions

3:15 End of Day & Amazing Door Prize

Cost: $50 for AFP members, $100 for non-members, proof of payment can be used for a corresponding discount on registration for the Western Canada Fundraising Conference.

Keynote Speaker and Panelist

Vu Le is a writer, speaker, vegan, Pisces, and the former Executive Director of RVC, a nonprofit in Seattle that promotes social justice by developing leaders of color, strengthening organizations led by communities of color, and fostering collaboration between diverse communities. Known for his no-BS approach, irreverent sense of humor, and love of unicorns, Vu has been featured in dozens, if not hundreds, of his own blog posts at


Mayor Colin Basran, City of Kelowna

Mayor Basran is proud to be leading the community where he was born and raised. The Basran family was one of the first to settle in Kelowna from India. He was first elected to Kelowna City Council in 2011, serving one term as Councillor. In 2014, he became Kelowna’s youngest ever Mayor and the first person of colour to hold the office. In 2018, he was re-elected for a second term as Mayor, continuing to lead one of the fastest growing cities in Canada through a period of unprecedented growth and opportunity. Under his leadership, Kelowna continues to be one of the top places in Canada where people want to invest, do business, study and play.

Mayor Basran is a community builder and champion of inclusivity, diversity and acceptance. He is working to make Kelowna a place where everyone can be who they were born to be. He also believes in a community where a strong economy, social supports and environmental stewardship are fundamental building blocks for a healthy and vibrant city. Mayor Basran is a supporter of the arts, sports and recreation in Kelowna and is an active participant in his own artistic and athletic endeavours.

Shane Worman, Worman Commercial/Worman Homes

Shane is the founder and President of Worman Commercial/Worman Homes.  He has been involved in the building and real estate development industry for over 30 years overseeing various commercial and residential projects.  Community building has always been a high priority for Shane and his family, whether that be in their development business or personal life.  Shane has been involved in many community projects from Journey Home to DKA to BC Cancer Foundation, to organizing the local Terry Fox Run, to name just a few.  His view is there is much more collaboration required in the not for profit sector both with other NFP’s but even more so with the community at large including local business.  He’s inspired by the conversation that will hopefully come from the AFP discussions.     

Sue Manzuik, Interior Savings

Sue Manzuik, an accredited professional in communications and advertising, has over 25 years of experience in communications and marketing roles. Since 2014, Sue has worked for Interior Savings, with most of those years in the role of Community Engagement Specialist. Her work is focused on grants, sponsorships and community impact programs. She has a keen interest in businesses that lead with purpose, including companies such as Patagonia, LUSH, and Vancity, and is thrilled to see a growing roster of companies who understand the important role they play in building healthy, sustainable communities. Without a doubt, cross-sector collaboration is a key component to the success of our communities, and Sue is excited to be a part of this critical discussion.  

Crystal Flaman, Social Entrepreneur, Author, Professional Speaker

Social Entrepreneur and athlete, Crystal Flaman’s personal mission in life is to make a difference in the world. She’s raised over 1.4 million dollars for various charities including the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, the Canadian Diabetes Association and Room To Read through her work and athletic endeavours. Crystal Flaman is the past-owner of the Kelowna International Hostel & Sun Peaks International hostel, international travellers hostels in BC, Canada.  She also owns Inspiring Success Services Inc., DIVA Retreats, Inspired Designs and is the creator of the 10 Million Acts of Kindness Movement and is the author of The 90 Day Intentional Living Challenge and has recently written Be Fearlessly You ~ Simple Ideas To Live A Long, Healthy and Happy Life.  She is also a contributing author for several books about leadership, philanthropy and personal development.

Kendra Langrish, Youth Representative on the Kelowna Métis Association board 

Kendra Langrish is the youth representative for the Kelowna Métis Association (KMA), a chartered community and nonprofit organization serving the Métis community in Kelowna. KMA provides Métis individuals and families with access to culturally relevant social, health, education, training, and economic programs and services. In her role, Kendra runs community events and provides a voice on the KMA board for Métis youth in Kelowna. Kendra is passionate about on-the-ground community work, and helping individuals and families to gain access to the programs and services they need.  Kendra is excited to discuss opportunities for collaboration between nonprofit organizations at Amplifying The Good, and to share about how such collaborations can help support Kelowna's Métis community members.



The Innovation Centre
460 Doyle Ave.
Suite 306
Kelowna, BC V1Y 0C2


Shannon Jolley