Tag Archives: Fellowship


Acknowledging Traditional Territory

April 11, 2019

First peoples have existed for thousands of years prior to the arrival of Europeans settlers. It has been their custom to acknowledge each other’s traditional territory, and this protocol still exist today. It is important to recognize that Frist Nations, Métis and Inuit have unique relationships with Canada. They hold sovereignty over their traditional territory … Continue reading

Navigating subtle meaning of words and feelings

April 10, 2019

Sitting around the table discussing the meaning of words, their power and how important it was to analyze the context of when and where such words were used was a favourite of my bonding times with my mother when I was growing up. She would share the content of her classes with me, while she … Continue reading

AFP Fellowship Mentorship Experience

April 9, 2019

I joined the 2018 AFP Fellowship program to increase my knowledge in fundraising and for the mentorship opportunity. I was fortunate to be mentored by Joan Blight, who has over 30 years of experience. Over the past 7 months, Joan and I met several times and I am grateful for her guidance. We decided to … Continue reading

What does Truth and Reconciliation mean in the philanthropic sector?

April 9, 2019

As a relatively new member of the Association of Professional Fundraisers, I wanted to gain better insights on how the philanthropic sector understands Truth and Reconciliation. It was through a small questionnaire that I set to do so, and I am grateful to all the participants who completed it and shared their responses with me. … Continue reading

How Would You Go About Broadening Your Donor Base to Reflect the Diversity of Your City or Region?

March 25, 2019

One of the gifts of the AFP Fellowship in Diversity and Inclusion was to attend the AFP Congress in Toronto – the largest AFP conference in the world. And what a delight to find myself talking about the Fellowship to an AFP Toronto fundraiser I had never met, who then introduced me to her friend … Continue reading

Respectful Curiosity

March 21, 2019

One of the most beautiful approaches to conflict resolution that I have heard recently came from a podcast that I listened to, where the host, Whitney Johnson, interviewed Dr. Donna Hicks on the topic of disruption. (https://whitneyjohnson.com/donna-hicks/). In this exchange, Dr. Hicks shared stories of her experience exploring the concept of how at the core … Continue reading

Invisible Diversity at the Workplace

March 19, 2019

Searching for my AFP Fellowship project was an admittedly difficult process. Looking in the mirror, I see what others see – a privileged white male – and yet for most of my life, on the inside, I hid and repressed my sexuality out of a deep fear of retaliation from people I loved and cared … Continue reading

Ecotourism: A Community-led Model for Success

March 19, 2019

My work at Tides Canada, the largest intermediary foundation in the country, positions me uniquely in the simultaneous worlds of community and funders. Working with communities to scope out opportunities for impactful philanthropic projects that meet community-sourced needs through community-led solutions is an approach which has demonstrated success in building trust and deep relationships between … Continue reading

A Global Approach in the Era of Skepticism

March 19, 2019

Last year I had the privilege of visiting Europe as part of a delegation of Canadians furthering Transatlantic relations. As part of the delegation, I was the lone representative of civil society amongst a sea of bureaucrats, businesspeople, academics, and politicians, giving unique insight into the conversations taking place on the range of topics that … Continue reading

To Thine Own Self Be True

March 19, 2019

As part of my role running a fundraising department for a small charity, I recently had the distinct pleasure of hosting Canada’s 28th Governor General, David Johnston, for a tour of our palliative care residence and then moderating a discussion with our community as a fundraising event for our organization. A career high to be … Continue reading