Leadership

2023 - 2024 Board of Directors


Kelly.jpg President - Kelly Paley is the Director of Community Engagement for The Bridge Youth & Family Services. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a major in Marketing and a minor in Human Resources.

Kelly is looking forward to returning to the Board of AFP BC Interior Chapter in a leadership capacity. Having previously served as Communications Chair, IDEA Chair and as a member of the Education committee, she is excited to take on this new role.

Kelly believes that there is amazing potential for the association to grow, foster connections and collaboration, support one another, enhance educational opportunities, and have some fun. Connect with her on LinkedIn

Treasurer - Patricia Chandler

As a professional leader and manager Patricia brings two decades of retail banking expertise to her new role as treasurer with AFP , where she is eager to collaborate with her fellow members. Patricia  is passionate about building relationships and connections to bring success and mutual benefits to all. Outside of her professional life, Patricia finds joy in leisurely walks with her Frenchie, yoga, exploring new culinary creations, visits to local wineries and travel.

 

Secretary - Jill Plotnikoff



Membership Chair- Kirsten de Jager

Kirsten is the Fund Development Coordinator for the Canadian Mental Health Association - Kelowna Branch. Kirsten is new to fundraising and recently obtained her Fundamentals of Fundraising Certificate from AFP. She has a background in event planning, social media and marketing and previously worked for Wines of British Columbia, Southern Interior Construction Association and Marriott International. When not at work, Kirsten enjoys spending time with her family, yoga, and travelling. 

VP, Education & Programming - Bettina Muller

Bettina started her philanthropic journey over 8 years ago as the Events and Projects Manager for the Kelowna General Hospital (KGH) Foundation. Prior to her non-profit career, she has worked in hospitality management for over a decade. Now as a Director of Philanthropy, she works alongside many passionate individuals and corporate organizations who believe deeply in supporting our community. Fostering and building strong, purposeful relationships is what she loves most about her job. Outside of work, she really takes advantage of this four-season playground by skiing, hiking, wine-touring and is kept active by her fur-baby Kona. 

 

VP, Communications - Emily Ball 

Emily is the Donor Relations Manager for the Kelowna General Hospital (KGH) Foundation. After getting her Bachelor of Arts, Emily obtained her Fundraising and Resource Management Diploma. She worked at the Collingwood Hospital Foundation in Ontario for 4 years before moving out to beautiful British Columbia. Emily believes thanking donors and providing the impact of their gifts is a wonderful way to keep donors engaged and feel appreciated. When not at work, Emily enjoys hiking, yoga, biking and finding new gems in the Okanagan. 

IDEA Chair - Could be you! Email admin@afpokanagan.ca 

Regional Committee & National Philanthropy Day Co-Chair - Bradley Bostock is a Director of Development at Thompson Rivers University (TRU). Prior to returning to Kamloops and TRU, Bradley worked for over 15 years in the non-profit sector in Calgary serving in roles as Executive Director of Child Find Alberta, National Director of Child Find Canada, CEO of the Children’s Legal and Educational Resource Centre (CLERC), and Fund Development and Stewardship Manager for the RESOLVE Campaign. During his time in Calgary Bradley volunteered for AMECO, Apollo Calgary, Front Runners International, GLISA and other organizations. Bradley is a proud Alumni of TRU and completed his studies in Tourism Management. Bradley is currently pursuing his Master’s in Post Secondary Leadership & Health Care.

National Philanthropy Day Co-Chair (Kelowna) - Shannon Perdok the Philanthropy Officer at the Central Okanagan Hospice Association, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a major in Marketing. With a background in marketing, events, account management, and hospitality, Shannon transitioned seamlessly into the field of philanthropic fundraising. Leveraging her volunteer experience for non-profits, she actively supports community well-being, reflecting a strong commitment to making a positive impact. Beyond her professional role, Shannon enjoys time with her dog Lucy and hiking.

Richelle.jpg Richelle Leckey is the Community Engagement Coordinator for BGCO 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.