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AFP Foundation for Philanthropy–Canada Announces 2018-2019 Fellows

August 14, 2018

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Fellowship logoThe AFP Foundation for Philanthropy–Canada is proud to announce the 2018-2019 Fellows in Diversity and Inclusion. The Fellowship program has expanded across Canada with a grant from Canadian Heritage.

The goal of the program is to build the capacity of emerging fundraising leaders that reflect the diversity of our communities. To this end, the Fellowship will provide dedicated education, professional development and mentorship to 20 mid-level and emerging nonprofit professionals from across Canada, representing a wide range of cultural backgrounds and interests. 

“To remain strong and vibrant, the Canadian nonprofit sector and the fundraising profession must reflect the changing nature of Canada and its citizens,” said Roger Ali, CFRE, chair of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada. “I’m so excited about the Fellowship program because it brings together so many great new perspectives into the profession and the sector. These Fellows represent the future of our sector and, in many ways, our country, and we’re excited to be able to support them as they work to support all Canadians.”

Canadian Heritage and its portfolio organizations play a vital role in the cultural, civic and economic life of Canadians. Arts, culture and heritage represent $53.8 billion in the Canadian economy and more than 650,000 jobs in sectors such as film and video, broadcasting, music, publishing, archives, performing arts, heritage institutions, festivals and celebrations.

“All of us at AFP are grateful for the support of Canadian Heritage,” said Lori Gusdorf, executive director of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada. “This next group of Fellows is posed to make a profound impact on the fabric of Canadian society and serve as leaders for the next generation of fundraisers and philanthropists.”

The Fellows will engage in inclusion-oriented education, specialized training, networking activities, one-on-one mentorship and professional contributions.  The Fellows will each work on an individual project focusing on diversity and inclusion in policy development within their organizations and/or the philanthropic sector.

"I am so excited and proud to have been selected as a Fellow in this program,” said Shared Khalil Guliwala, development officer, annual programs for The McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) Foundation in Montreal “Prejudice doesn't stop at doors of the charitable sector, and it impacts all parts of the donor-fundraiser-charity equation. The Fellowship is exactly what we need to combat this situation: it empowers fundraisers like me through training, mentorship, and peer support to enable and encourage Canadian charities to become aware of—and take steps to correct—the many lapses with diversity and inclusion."


The Fellows are:

Jonea Agwa

Communications and Fundraising Coordinator

Beautiful World Canada

Toronto, Ont.


Sarah Ali

Digital Strategist


Toronto, Ont.


Teresa Catalano

Development Associate, Corporate and Foundation Relations

University of Toronto

Toronto, Ont.


Caroline Chan

Development Manager

Canadian Art Foundation

Toronto, Ont.


Janet Fairbridge

Donor Relations Coordinator

Hospice Georgian Triangle

Collingwood, Ont.


Adrian Fernandes

Fund Development Manager

Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) Canada                 

Peterborough, Ont.


Stachen Frederick

Executive Director

Weston Frontlines Centre

Toronto, Ont.


Khalil Guliwala

Development Officer, Annual Giving

MUHC Foundation

Montreal, Que.


Alison Hughes

Development Officer, Annual Programs

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation

Toronto, Ont.


Zoya Islam

Writer and Communications Coordinator on the Development and Engagement Team

Ernestine's Women's Shelter

Toronto, Ont.


Fatou Jammeh

Development Officer, Community


Toronto, Ont.


Daniel H. Lanteigne

Directeur général, Fondation RÉA

Montreal, Que.


Kirstin Ling
Advancement Officer

Sunnybrook Foundation

Toronto, Ont.


Trevor Loke

Development Manager

Tides Canada Foundation

Vancouver, B.C.


Chryslyn Pais

Major Gifts Officer

Amnesty International

Toronto, Ont.


Isabel Perez-Doherty

Manager of Philanthropy and Strategic Impact

YWCA Canada

Toronto, Ont.


Sharon  Redsky

Development Coordinator

Dakota Ojibway Child and Family Services

Winnipeg, Mani.


Shamina Senaratne

Events and Communications Coordinator, Development team

Surrey Food Bank

Port Moody, B.C.


Shobi Sivaraj

Annual Fund Advisor

CUSO International

Toronto, Ont.


Camila Vital Nunes Pereira

Account Manager, Revenue Team

Junior Achievement - JA Central Ontario

Toronto, Ont.


The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada is a registered charity which raises funds for educational programs (conferences, seminars, webinars) offered across the country; provides bursaries and scholarships to fundraisers to develop their professional capacities; funds and conducts research into fundraising and philanthropy in Canada; and encourages and promotes diversity and inclusion in philanthropy and the fundraising profession. Established in 1998, the Foundation has a history of promoting philanthropy and supporting the fundraising profession in Canada.



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