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2023 AFP Greater Vancouver Chapter Annual General Meeting

Event Title2023 AFP Greater Vancouver Chapter Annual General Meeting
Event Start DateThu Oct 26, 2023
Event Start Time04:30 PM
Event End DateThu Oct 26, 2023
Event End Time06:30 PM
Virtual Event?No
Members Only?No
Event Summary

Thursday, October 26th, 2023
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
YWCA Hotel, 733 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Royal & Canfor MT Room

Session: A Narrative for Professional Fundraisers

There are many familiar misconceptions about professional fundraisers that contribute to the erosion of the public’s trust in what fundraisers do and why they do it. AFP Canada has created a new Fundraising Narrative to be able to share the positive impact of our profession across the charitable sector. In 2022, led by Dr. Krishan Mehta, the Narrative was reviewed through a decolonizing and social justice lens incorporating new data points, resources and Canadian-specific examples to further contextualize and address the myriad of issues faced by fundraisers. Over 500 fundraisers have already been trained on the Narrative, and feedback from those who have taken this training includes “very valuable training”, “important content”, and “brought many great points to the conversation, and I plan to start approaching my work with donors differently as a result.”

Participants in the session can expect to learn:

  • How to stop apologizing for their work, and how to feel more positive (rather than defensive) about the need to ask for money and its critical role in supporting the mission of their organization.
  • A new and more positive narrative about fundraisers and their contribution to improving communities and how to explain to key stakeholders the work that they do as fundraisers and why it is so important.
  • Questions and context to consider when reviewing our profession through a decolonizing lens and with a commitment to IDEA.

No preparation is needed, but you can visit for an Executive Summary and more on the Narrative before the session.

Event Details


4:30 pm - Registration & Networking
5:00 pm - Welcome & Opening Remarks
5:15 pm - AGM
5:30 pm - Session: A Narrative for Professional Fundraisers
6:30 pm - Wrap Up

This event is free for members to attend; non-members are welcome to join for a fee of $40. Please note that the 2023 AGM package will be emailed to members and shared on our website prior to the event.

Member - Free
Non-Member - $40.00 + GST = $42.00


Jennifer Johnstone

President & CEO, Central City Foundation
Chair-Elect, Board of Directors, AFP Canada
Past President, AFP Greater Vancouver Chapter

Jennifer Johnstone is President & CEO of Central City Foundation, an organization that has been working to improve the lives of people in need in Vancouver’s inner city since 1907.  Today, CCF pursues this agenda through community-centered philanthropy rooted in a commitment to truth, justice and reconciliation. CCF owns innovative, sustainable social-purpose real estate properties and builds relationships with leading community organizations to create opportunities for investments in community-led solutions. Jennifer’s background is in non-profit management and community resource development. Over the past 30+ years, she has held key leadership positions with organizations, including Vancity Community Foundation, Battered Women’s Support Services, Vancouver Status of Women, and Ballet British Columbia. An in-demand speaker and teacher of non-profit management and innovation, philanthropy and fundraising ethics, social purpose real estate, and inner-city issues, Jennifer is also a leader in the community for her continued mentorship of women and youth. Jennifer has long served as a Board member with several local organizations and AFP Greater Vancouver and is currently the Chair-elect of the Board of AFP Canada.

David Love, CFRE
Principal, LoveFundraising
Board Director & Chair Communications Committee, AFP Canada
Past President, AFP Greater Vancouver Chapter

A passionate fundraiser for more than 30 years, David is a passionate believer that fundraising is an impact profession. Throughout his career, David has successfully led campaigns and championed fund development, raising millions of dollars for leading organizations, including UBC, the Justice Institute of BC, Central City Foundation and St. Paul’s. David founded the aptly named, LOVEfundraising, in 2012 and consistently delivers strategic counsel to large and small non-profits across Canada to ultimately improve their fundraising effectiveness.  A sought-after speaker and trainer, David shares his enthusiasm for philanthropy with not-for-profits throughout the province and was an instructor in the “Essentials of Fundraising” course at BCIT for 15 years and a volunteer presenter/facilitator with Vantage Point since the mid-’90s.  A singer with Chor Leoni Men’s Choir for the past 30 years, David has also served on this group’s Board and Fundraising Committee.  A certified fundraising executive since 2009, David is proudly a past president of the AFP Greater Vancouver Chapter and is now a Director for AFP Canada and Chair of the Communications Committee.

Shamina Senaratne
Communications and Community Outreach Manager, Mackin House Museum, Coquitlam Heritage Society
Board Director & Communications Committee Member, AFP Canada

Shamina is currently the Communications and Community Outreach Manager for Coquitlam Heritage, having recently completed a one-year contract as Communications and Events Coordinator for the Department of Linguistics at Simon Fraser University. She sits on the Board for AFP Canada and is active in the Communications portfolio, particularly within the New Narrative sub-committee. Shamina is an independent consultant to the fundraising profession, coaching other fundraisers and leaders. She is also an accomplished artist whose thought-provoking work has been shown across Canada and in the US and Europe. At the recent AFP Canada Leadership Retreat in St. Johns, NL, as we commit as a profession to IDEA and to decolonization, she led 70 colleagues in a workshop: “The Art of Belonging,” to access their creativity in problem-solving, planning, and being proactive in establishing respectful and engaged relationships in our workplaces. Shamina trained on the New Narrative for Fundraising in Canada in the first training of AFP leaders in 2019. Since then, alongside her AFP Canada Board colleagues online, she has helped train AFP leaders from across Canada on the Narrative. She is a graduate of AFP Canada Foundation's 2018/19 Fellowship in Diversity and Inclusion and holds a degree in Communications from Simon Fraser University.

If you have any questions, please reach out to the AFP Office at or 604.736.1010.

Registration Required?Yes - $
Registration End DateWed Oct 25, 2023
Member Price Regular0
Non Member Price Regular42

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