This committee responsible for directing the activities of the program, ensuring it is well run and ensuring that we strive toward the vision of the program which AFP Foundation for Philanthropy Canada and the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration’s Partnership Project Office, has for the program.
Meet The Team
Hamlin Grange is a diversity and inclusion strategist and President and co-founder of DiversiPro Inc., a workplace diversity and inclusion consulting company based in Toronto. As a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), he is able to assess the level of intercultural competence among senior organizational leaders, managers and front line workers. Hamlin has worked with major private corporations, not-for-profit organizations, charities, television networks, health care providers, and other organizations looking for ways to meet the challenges and reap the rewards of a culturally diverse marketplace. He has a keen understanding of the fundraising and philanthropic sectors, delivering numerous seminars and workshops at AFP events. Hamlin supports human rights principles of accountability, participation, transparency and non-discrimination. He believes a deeper understanding of how culture affects human interactions is a vital perquisite in today’s fast-paced diverse world. Hamlin has had an outstanding award-winning career as a journalist and has served on a number of boards including the Toronto Police Services Board, the YMCA of Greater Toronto and a Trustee of the Royal Ontario Museum. He is currently a member of the Consent Capacity Board, an independent provincial tribunal whose mission is the fair and accessible adjudication of consent and capacity issues, balancing the rights of vulnerable individuals with mental health disorders with public safety.Victoria Grant is an avid volunteer who has always, with a passionate voice, advocated for a more robust Aboriginal presence within the Foundation world. She has served on Foundation Boards of Directors, locally, provincially and nationally. Currently, she serves as Chair of the Board for Community Foundations of Canada, Chair of The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada, Director of the Counselling Foundation and as a member of the Advisory Committee of the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award. She is of the Loon Clan, citizen of the Teme-Augama Anishnabai, and a member of the Temagami First Nation. Victoria is the President and owner of Moving Red Canoe, and operates a unique professional services firm focused on Aboriginal affairs.Lori Gusdorf is the Vice President of Membership and Chapter Services at the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She has been with the organization for twenty-five years working in both the membership and chapter services department as well as the IT department. During her tenure, membership in AFP has grown from 11,937 in 1990 to over 33,000 at this time. Lori is the primary staff liaison for the Membership Services Division of the Board which is comprised of the Canadian Council, Member/Chapter Services Committee, Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Next Generation and International Development Committee. She also serves as Executive Director of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada. Lori is a CAE, Certified Association Executive, and has her B.S. in Business Administration from Bryant University.Nancy Horvath is currently an Associate Director of Major Gifts at SickKids Foundation and is responsible for raising funds to support the most urgent needs of the hospital. Nancy has been involved with the growth and development of annual giving, community development and major gifts programs at a variety of organizations including St. Michael's Foundation, CAMH Foundation and Stephen Thomas. Nancy is deeply passionate about our experiences as diverse individuals, particularly within the LGBTQ community, and how the non-profit sector can evolve our practices and organizations to be more inclusively minded. Nancy has been involved with the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Toronto Chapter since 2006 serving as a member and past co-chair for Fundraising Day 2010, past-chair of the Inclusion and Equity Committee, and as a member of the steering committee for the AFP Inclusive Giving Project.Emma Lewzey is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) with a deep commitment to diversity and inclusion, and working towards social change. A strategic fund development professional with 10+ years of experience on non-profit senior management teams. Previously, she headed the fundraising program at The Redwood, a safe haven for women and children fleeing domestic abuse, and a proud recipient of the 2009 Philanthropy Award for Outstanding Small Organization for Excellence in Fundraising from the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Toronto Chapter. Emma is the former chair of the board of directors of Inside Out, one of North America’s largest LGBT film festivals, a director on the board of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada, and the Vice-President, Equity and Inclusion on the board of directors of AFP Toronto. She is proud to co-chair the Fellowship in Inclusion and Philanthropy, and is excited to work towards a future when our fundraising leaders truly reflect the diversity of our communities. If you’d like to stay in touch, you can find her on Twitter at EmmaLewzey.For over 26 years, Tania has been involved in the philanthropic sector. Tania is the Director of Development and Partnerships with Food Banks Canada leading their annual $44 million dollar national food and funds campaign. She has been a professional fundraiser and consultant for more than sixteen years in progressively senior fundraising and marketing roles with local, national and international organizations on campaigns ranging from $3 – $260 million. With a focus on active community engagement Tania is currently serving on committees locally and internationally with the Association of Fundraising Professionals, including the Finance Committee, Strategic Planning Oversight Committee, Government Relations Committee and the Inclusive Giving Fellowship program. Tania most recently served on the Executive Committee of the Board as the Chair, Professional Advancement for AFP; the Executive Board of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada, as the Chair of Planned Parenthood Toronto, Co-Chair of the 3-year Ontario based Diversity to Inclusion Philanthropy initiative. With a commitment to global learning in philanthropy, she also has chaired and launched the AFP Knowledge Centre, the development of the AFP Fundamentals in Fundraising Course as well as Canada’s largest fundraising conference: Congress in 2010. Tania became an AFP Master Faculty Trainer in 2008 and holds her Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation.Krishan Mehta is Executive Director, Campaign at Ryerson University. Previously, he held a variety of senior fundraising, alumni and marketing roles at Seneca College and the University of Toronto. Krishan is also an instructor in Ryerson’s fundraising management program and a PhD candidate at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education where he is conducting research on the philanthropy of high net-worth immigrants in Canada. He serves as President-Elect of the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter and was co-chair of AFP Diversity to Inclusion Series, which was the first phase of this exciting inclusion initiative in Ontario. Krishan is an active volunteer in the community, having served as board chair at the Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention, and advancement chair and board member at Social Planning Toronto. Currently, he is a member of the Working Women's Community Centre Patron's Council.Sahar Vermezyari is the Fellowship in Inclusion and Philanthropy Program Manager. She is responsible for meeting the strategic objectives of the program by overseeing the development and execution of the fellowship program. She holds a Master’s in Social Work from University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Social Work from Ryerson University. She has worked for over 10 years in the not-for-profit sector in a variety of settings and positions. Previous to her work with AFP, Sahar was the Manager of Partnerships at the East Scarborough Storefront. Sahar has worked extensively with equity-seeking groups and in under-served communities across the GTA. Her focus has been on project/program management in complex, multi-stakeholder projects. Sahar has been working on making social change and her passion for working within the social profit sector comes from her own experience of being a refugee and immigrant as well as growing up in a service-oriented home. Sahar is also a volunteer Dance Instructor and Event Coordinator for Tabriz Music and Dance Ensemble in Toronto.