Tag Archives: Leadership


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

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

Ready, Set, Go: Empowered Employee Engagement in Fundraising

March 19, 2019

As 2018 came to an end, resolutions swirling around my head, I began considering how to align my work and personal goals for the year ahead. Knowing that my focus in 2019 would be on a balanced lifestyle where exercise was part of daily life, I decided to ask for advice from a marathon-running colleague … 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

Truth and Reconciliation and Philanthropy, AFP Inclusive Giving Fellow perspective

February 12, 2019

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada over a six year period heard testimony from over 6,000 Residential School Survivors from across Canada. In 2015, the Commission released their final reports and 94 calls to action. It is estimated that 150,000 Indigenous children attended the 80 residential schools in Canada. My mother as a young … Continue reading