The AFP Greater Vancouver Chapter relies on volunteer committees to develop and manage programs that provide value to its membership, including Professional Development, Accreditation, National Philanthropy Day, Mentorship and Scholarship and more.

To learn how you can apply your skills and experience as a member of an AFP Greater Vancouver Chapter committee, please visit our list of current Volunteer Opportunities.


The CFRE Accreditation Committee's goal is to provide support to Vancouver Chapter members in their efforts to become a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). The Committee is responsible for organizing the AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising Course, acting as a resource for those preparing for the CFRE exam and recognizing Chapter members who have achieved this remarkable career milestone.

Interim Chair:
Deb Abma-Sluggett - Director of Philanthropy, Take a Hike Foundation

Sofia Janmohamed - Director, Leadership Giving, Canadian Cancer Society, BC & Yukon


The goal of the Communications Committee is to inform AFP Greater Vancouver members of valuable chapter programs, activities and events through regular and meaningful updates that keep them connected to their local chapter and each other. The Communications team also supports fellow committees by assisting with content updates on the chapter website, providing communication support through social media and email updates and coordinating a chapter communication schedule.
For more information, email us.

Ninon Daubigeon, Canadian Cancer Society

Charissa Hurt, Archdiocese of Vancouver


The Fraser Valley Committee offers professional development opportunities that benefit AFP members in the Fraser Valley. The committee fosters development and growth of fundraising professionals committed to the preservation and enhancement of philanthropy. The committee supports fundraising professionals as they pursue personal development through meaningful learning opportunities in industry best practices, competency, and standards. The committee works collaboratively with AFP Vancouver to strengthen membership through community engagement, recruitment, and retention.

Christopher Duffin - Simon Fraser University

Karen Hammond - Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Joshua Marshall - MCR West
Aimee Lindenberger - Refocus Communications & Fundraising
Katie Syroid - Alzheimer's Society of B.C.
Natalina MacLeod - World Vision


The Government Relations Committee role is two-fold: educating our membership base regarding public policy issues that impact membership and advocating on behalf of our members and the sector, regarding public policy issues that have a regional and national impact on our profession and our donors. In 2020, we are seeking additional volunteers who have an interest in issues monitoring, communications and direct government engagement. Please reach out to us at

Neil McEachern, University of British Columbia

Jody Kitts, Camosun College


The  Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) Committee supports the implementation of inclusive practices by AFP Greater Vancouver and its members at the philanthropic and organizational levels. Working in partnership with Chapter committees, members, and community stakeholders, we ensure that diverse communities are engaged, represented, and supported in philanthropy through leadership, membership, mentorship, and professional development activities.

Darius Maze, CFRE - Consultant

Nicole Lee - Development Coordinator, Simon Fraser University
Nicoleta Radoi - Senior Associate Advancement, Simon Fraser University
Helen Wong - Development Manager, Ballet BC
Natasha Kroetz - Senior Manager, Fund Development, YWCA Metro Vancouver


The Membership Committee focuses on ensuring that members have a full understanding of the benefits of membership in AFP Global and the local Greater Vancouver Chapter. We work to find ways to promote membership with both new and returning members through effective marketing and member feedback. We encourage individual membership that represents a broad spectrum of local charities and non-profits.

Christie Kepars

Laura Benoit – St. Paul's Hospital Foundation
Christopher Duffin – Justice Institute of British Columbia
Clayton Norbury – VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation
Amanda Sayfy – Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Kim Wing – Covenant House Vancouver


National Philanthropy Day® (NPD) is the first official day in the world, recognized by the Canadian government on the fifteenth of November each year, celebrated by fundraisers, government leaders, corporations and individuals who wish to honor all contributions philanthropy has made to the community. Celebrating philanthropy in the Lower Mainland, the National Philanthropy Day Luncheon – Vancouver coordinated by this AFP Greater Vancouver committee, is attended by approximately 700 philanthropists, volunteers, fundraisers and support staff from over 100 non-profit organizations.

National Philanthropy Day Chairs:
Lana Mador, Ronald McDonald House BC & Lucy Isham-Turner (CFRE), Family Services of the North Shore

VP, Community Engagement, AFP Board of Directors:
Kyle Tiney (CFRE), Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

Leanne Atienza, Manager, Development & Marketing, Vancouver Police Foundation
Brittany Beaupre, Marketing Specialist, BC Children's Hospital Foundation
Kristen Cassidy, Advancement, York House School
Regan Collins, Manager, Annual Giving and Donor Services, Canuck Place Children's Hospice
Antonia Kalmacoff Jennings, Planned Giving Strategic Advisor, Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland
Vanessa Lee, Officer, Philanthropy, BC SPCA
Shelby MacLean, Manager - Events & Individual Giving, Child Development Foundation of BC
Ann McDonell, Director of Advancement, SFU Library
Brianna Michielin, Administrative Assistant, BCIT Foundation
Sarah Player, Senior Director of Development, Strategic Initiatives, Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Ellyn Schriber, Growth & Development Officer, Delta Sport Development Centre - Delta Gymnastics Society
Veronika Trebesh, Special Events Coordinator, Arts Umbrella
Hana Van Borek, Communications Specialist, Vancouver Art Gallery
Rachael Zapp, Manager, Run for the Cure, Canadian Cancer Society


The Professional Development Committee plans and organizes educational, training and networking opportunities throughout the year for AFP Greater Vancouver Chapter members and others working in the fundraising sector. We focus on offering events that address current issues in fundraising as well as issues that affect the local fundraising community in particular. Membership has its benefits as all events offer a discount rate to members and some events are members only. For a listing of our professional development activities, please view our Events Calendar.

Victoria Caros, Annual Giving & Community Relations Officer, St. John’s School

Deb Abma-Sluggett, Past Chair, Director of Philanthropy & Government Relations, Take a Hike Youth at Risk Foundation
Charlotte Fox, Business Systems Coordinator, Vancouver Foundation
James Bacon, Manager, Corporate Partnerships, Variety - The Children's Charity of BC
Larissa Hayes, Manager of Philanthropy, Take a Hike Youth at Risk Foundation
Luigi Ronchi, Philanthropy Professional
Nav Nagra, Communications and Events Manager, Vantage Point
Shirley Loi, Community Engagement Manager, Traction On Demand
Tracey-Lee Barr, Consultant


The Mentorship and Scholarship Committee runs both the Mentorship and Scholarship Programs for the AFP Greater Vancouver Chapter. In the mentorship program, the volunteer committee works to match experienced fundraising professionals as mentors with less experienced fundraisers as mentees for a one-year partnership. As part of the program we offer support to the pairs and at least two professional development events to participants, an intake session and a June roundtable event. The committee also solicits and reviews applications for scholarships to the AFP Toronto Congress, the AFP International Conference, and to the AFP Greater Vancouver professional development each year.

Siobhan Aspinall, CFRE - Canuck Place Children's Hospice

Rachael Lipetz - Arts Club Theatre

Brenda Ulmer - YWCA Metro Vancouver
Christine Smith - Seva Canada


Marla Penner - Gateway Theatre


The purpose of the Youth In Philanthropy committee is to raise awareness of the fundraising profession as a viable career and to instill a culture of philanthropy in the next generation of fundraisers and donors through outreach initiatives such as attendance at career fairs, speaking engagements, and liaising with school, college and university leaders.

Sofia Janmohamed (CFRE) - Simon Fraser University

Kaila Langevin - University of British Columbia