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A Letter From AFP Canadian Council Chair Vivian Smith, CFRE

April 12, 2011

viviansmith_250x248There is a certain nuance to the philanthropic sector here in Canada that one doesn't find in other countries. Perhaps it is the so-called ‘safety net' that we have come to expect-and to treasure-that challenges us and our fellow fundraising professionals. It means that there is an element of public education that we must undertake: education around the critical importance of private philanthropy and of the changes that can be enacted by an individual's act of giving.

Ten years ago, an appreciation for that difference led a small group of Canadian leaders in AFP to articulate the need for a strong, unified presence for Canadian fundraising professionals within both the association and Canada. That movement led to the birth of the AFP Canadian Council.

One of the earliest projects of the Canadian Council was to prioritize translation of AFP materials into French. With support from the Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada, that undertaking gained momentum, and we can now offer our French-speaking Canadians materials and educational opportunities in their language.

Today, AFP and the Canadian Council provide a national voice for the fundraising profession and AFP's Canadian members in speaking to government, media and key professional organizations. We also promote the creation of new Canadian AFP chapters while assisting with the strengthening of existing ones. This year, we are expanding that viewpoint to look at collegiate chapters and explore how they might help engage a new generation of fundraising professionals.

It is within the public domain that AFP and the council has encountered some of its greatest challenges and successes, promoting understanding of philanthropy and philanthropic fundraising as well as awareness of the fundraising profession and ethical fundraising practices. Part of this success has been the council's joint effort with the Canadian GR Committee to have National Philanthropy Day® declared by the federal government.

There is an amazing national pride amongst our Canadian AFP members, and the Canadian Council has been challenged by that pride to make this a Ten Star Country. That is to say, to have every chapter in Canada become a Ten Star Chapter in 2011. We have also recognized the need for research that is specific to Canada and are working this year with the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada to identify the specifics of that research and ensure that funding is available.

The structure of the Canadian Council has been designed to facilitate decision-making and communication while providing leadership excellence to the fundraising profession in Canada. The Council is comprised of representatives from each geographic region-Western, Prairie, Ontario, Quebec and Eastern-as well as ex officio members representing AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada, Canadian Government Relations Committee, AFP International's External Relations and Membership Services Divisions, the District B AFP Board Representative and AFP president and CEO. Each of us bring to the table a distinct voice, and as a council, we give opportunities for Canadian leaders within AFP to meet annually to discuss and develop priorities, as well as offer a forum for Canadian chapter presidents and others to support and learn from each other.

How can you help the council and assist us in moving AFP forward in Canada? Share your ideas and thoughts with your chapter president, send me an email or contact one of the other members of the council. And watch this space in the next issue as we talk about assembling nominations for the 2012 council.

Oh Canada, our home and native land!

Vivian Ann Smith, CFRE
President, Liberty Quest Enterprises Inc. in Langley, British Columbia
Chair, AFP Canadian Council
vivian@libertyquest.ca

2011 AFP Canadian Council Members

Charllotte Adkens-Weiler
Sr. Development Officer
Olds College
Innisfail, Alberta

Ron Bailey, CFRE
President
Ron Bailey and Associates
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Mark Climie-Elliott, CFRE
President
Climie-Elliott
Toronto, Ontario

Derek D. Fraser, CFRE
Capital Campaign Director
The Mustard Seed Street Ministry
Calgary, Alberta

Amanda Gellman
President and CEO
MANAN Strategy Consultants
Windsor, Ontario

Pati Greenwood, CFRE -ex-officio
VP, Resource Development
Women's College Hospital Foundation
Toronto, Ontario

Ann M. Hale, CFRE - ex-officio
Senior Development Officer
BBBS of Alaska
Anchorage, Alaska

Brad Jacobs
VP, Development
IWK Health Centre Foundation
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Paulanne Jushkevich, M.A., CFRE
President
Royal Victoria Hospital Fdn.
Montréal, Quebec

Ken Mayhew - ex-officio
Chief Development Officer
MS Society of Canada
Toronto, Ontario

Luce Moreau, CFRE - ex-officio
President & CEO
Orchestre Metropolitain
Montreal, Quebec

Andrew Watt, FlnstF - ex-officio
President & CEO
AFP
Arlington, Va.

Jane Potentier, CFRE
Assoc. Director of Development
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta

Julie K. Wirtanen, CFRE
Consultant & Partner
Crossroads Consulting
St.Catherines, Ontario

AFP Staff

Lori Gusdorf, CAE
VP Membership & Chapter Services
AFP
Arlington, Va.

Jason Lee
Dir., Government Relations & General Counsel
AFP
Arlington, Va.

Cynthia Quigley
Manager, Administration
AFP Greater Toronto Chapter
Toronto, Ontario

 



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