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
Emma Lewzey is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) with a deep commitment to working towards social change. A strategic fund development professional with 12+ years of experience on senior management teams, Emma is the Vice-President, Equity and Inclusion on the board of directors of AFP Toronto, and a director on the board of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada. She is proud to co-chair the AFP Fellowship in Inclusion and Philanthropy, and is excited to work towards a future when our fundraising leaders truly reflect the diversity of our communities.Cheryl Blackman is the newly appointed Director of Museums and Heritage Services for the City of Toronto. She was formerly the Assistant Vice-President, Audience at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). Her commitment to inclusion helped grow the ROM’s Community Access Network, winning awards for innovation in all aspects of access and community building. Cheryl was a Program Fellow in 2015/16, undertaking research on using decision making strategies in support of inclusive giving.Darius Maze is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and is the Diversity and Languages Coordinator for Fraser Health in B.C. He is committed to inclusive and equitable social change and currently holds leadership positions on the boards of Vancouver Pride, the Association of Neighbourhood Houses BC, the AFP Foundation – Canada, and the Friends of the Vancouver Public library. Darius has been involved with the Association of Fundraising Professionals Vancouver Chapter for over four years, serving on its National Philanthropy Day and Communications committee, as well as Co-chairing the Diversity and Inclusion committee. He is also an active member of AFP International’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) committee and is currently supporting workgroups for the Women’s Impact Initiative.Gerri Nakirigya Lutaaya belongs to the Ngonge clan within the Buganda kingdom and is a 2016 graduate of the AFP Inclusion and Philanthropy Fellowship. Gerri maintains a spirited zest and commitment to the importance - and power - of education for young people because of its potential to spark action, impact and change on society’s most pressing issues. With a Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership degree from Carleton University and a Certificate in Fundraising Management from Algonquin College, Gerri is committed to Nelson Mandela’s challenge that “a degree means nothing unless you go out into the community to prove yourself.” Through her involvement in various volunteer roles, Gerri is persistent in building awareness and strengthening relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. She also works closely with CivicAction’s Emerging Leaders Network, People for Education and is a Board Member with the Young Women’s Leadership Network.A values-based executive with a practical, “make-things-happen” approach, Louis Moubarak always brings vision, experience and a passionate commitment to his challenging mandates. A 25-year veteran of the international public affairs, management and philanthropy fields, Moubarak’s work prior to the Golden Square Mile Tourism Development Society, allowed him to acquire knowledge and experience in international cooperation and program development, as well as valuable experience working with the Canadian government apparatus, funding agencies and political community – relationships and experiences which he has successfully leveraged at Canada World Youth, Public Relations Without Borders and Rights & Democracy. Trilingual, Louis also shared his expertise in international media campaigns with the United Nations (New York) and the International Federation for Human Rights (Paris), and he travelled to Morocco, Mali, Jordan, Jerusalem, Lebanon, Mali and Roumania as a speaker and Public Affairs trainer. Louis has served on the boards of different associations and is a founding member of Culture Montreal and Francophonie Express. Member of AFP since 2012, Louis is Accredited in Public Relations (APR designation) since 2008.Tanya Rumble is an authentic and results-driven fundraising leader who has raised millions of dollars for some of Canada's largest charities including the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and the Canadian Cancer Society. Currently she is Manager, Development on the Major and Planned Giving Team at McMaster University. Tanya also contributes her skills on a voluntary basis. In addition to her role on the FindHelp Board of Directors Tanya is Co-Founder of Toronto plus Acumen, an official chapter of Acumen; past leadership volunteer with Canada's largest grant maker - the Ontario Trillium Foundation; appointed member of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care’s Citizen's Council advising the Minister on healthcare and drug policy in the province; Advisor with Endeavour Volunteer Consulting for Non-profits; is a Jane's Walk leader; and regularly volunteers with the Daily Bread Food Bank. Tanya completed a B.A. (Hons), Political Science at McMaster University and Masters Certificate at New York University with the WHO. She is completing the Masters of Public Policy, Administration and Law at York University. Tanya is naturally inquisitive and a lifelong learner - she is a certified fundraising executive (CFRE), a graduate of the 2017 AFP Inclusion and Philanthropy Fellowship, and 2010 DiverseCity Fellowship. Tanya regularly mentors students and young professionals including as an advisor in the McMaster Alumni and Partners Advisor Network and Mentor with the Cherie Blair Foundation's Mentoring Women in Business Programme. Tanya is a professional member of AFP, CAGP, CCAE and CASE.Lori Gusdorf is the Executive Vice President of the AFP Foundations for Philanthropy. She has been with AFP and then the Foundation for twenty-eight years. She has been with the Canada Foundation since its inception in 2000 and two years ago moved into her current role of overseeing all three Foundations for AFP located in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. Prior to that she was the Vice President of Membership and Chapter Services for AFP.Ronit Yarosky is the National Director of the Fellowship in Inclusion and Philanthropy Program. She has been a fundraising professional since 2001 and comes to the position with extensive experience in the areas of diversity, inclusion and equity. She has worked at Mountain Lake PBS, Equitas – International Centre for Human Rights Education, the Jewish Public Library and co-founded the award-winning Montreal Dialogue Group. Ronit is a mentor at the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women and is a community leader in inter-cultural dialogue and social action. Her lived experiences in the Middle East formed the foundation of her understanding of the dire need for dialogue, introspection and the courage to question and challenge the status quo. A bilingual resident of Montreal, Ronit has a M.A. from McGill University.