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
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 Development & Communications Manger for The Bloom Group in Vancouver. 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.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.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.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.