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The slate of officers for the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter Board of Directors will be elected by the membership on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Board members’ terms begin July 1st through to June 30th. After the closing date of March 23, the Committee of Directorship will meet and begin the process of reviewing all nomination forms. Every candidate will receive a call from a member of the Committee on Directorship to thank them for their interest on serving on the board and will speak further about the Board positions in March. Each candidate will be notified of their status in April. The Committee on Directorship will make their recommendations and present a slate to the Board of Directors at their April Board meeting for approval.

The Board meets once a month, in the late afternoon evening and it is expected that you attend at least 75% of the meetings. Meetings are usually held in the downtown core and in many cases you can attend by conference call. Twice a year, we have a 4 hour strategic plan meeting where we meet face-to-face. Board members will serve on one if not two sub-committees, acting as a Chair in some cases.

If you are not currently a donor, it is mandatory that you contribute no less than $100.00 per annum to AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada.


Current Board of Directors:

PRESIDENT, Krishan Mehta, Ryerson University

PRESIDENT ELECT, Caroline Riseboro, Plan International Canada

PAST PRESIDENT, Ken Mayhew, William Osler Health System Foundation

VP FINANCE & SECRETARY, Elissa Beckett, MBA, CFRE, Tides Canada

VP GOVERNANCE, Rickesh Lakhani, CFRE, Future Possibilities for Kids


VP MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS, Mark Trask, Artsmarketing Services Inc.

VP MEMBERSHIP, Julia Gorman, United Way Toronto

VP PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, Paula Attfield, Stephen Thomas Ltd


Members at Large:

Mide Akerewusi, AgentsC

Ken Aucoin, Habitat for Humanity, Greater Toronto Area

Marilyn Brown, Kids Help Phone

Seanna Millar, SickKids Foundation

Samantha Jones, MBA, Cause Marketing & Development Consultant

Sarah Midanik, Native Women’s Resources Centre of Toronto

Brad Offman, MBA, CFRE, Spire Philanthropy

Stewart Wong, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital 


If you believe that you can fulfill the criteria set, then we ask you to click here which will take you to the nomination form to complete.

Posted by & filed under Leadership/Management, Mentorship, Next Generation Philanthropy.

The woman I am today has a lot to do with the women I’ve met throughout my life. I come from a single-mother home. I have tons of outspoken, brave, hilarious aunties. I went to a university that had a student body of largely women. I work in a sector that is largely made up of women. I am an intersectional feminist. I love being surrounded by inspiring women and have been so lucky in my short career to be mentored by some of the most incredible women out there.

I’d like to take some time to recognize how they’ve shaped me.

When I began my first professional fundraising job, I had a boss who I immediately bonded with. A single mother. A feminist. An amazing and creative fundraiser. She encouraged my ideas and pushed me to dream. Her leadership transformed me into a confident fundraiser. It is because of her encouragement that I no longer believe there is a ceiling to what I can accomplish in my career. She became one of my best friends and continues to help shape and guide both who I am as a person and who I am striving to be professionally.

My professional association (Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Toronto Chapter) has a great mentorship program (check if your work has one and, if so, take advantage of it). When I joined, I was matched with an incredible woman who has been in the sector for over 30 years. She is a phenomenal writer and direct mail genius. Her depth of knowledge is never-ending and she is a shining example of a woman who has paved her own way, runs a successful business, and just generally kills it. When I was getting run down and stuck in a job I no longer loved, she helped me revise my resume and search for jobs – she actually found me the job I am currently in (and loving!). She taught me how to sell not just a cause, but myself. She taught me style and grace in dealing with difficult people and how to present myself for success in all things.

I am also constantly being led by women who have no idea that I am their protégé. I follow as many female leaders in my sector as I can on social media, attend as many workshops as possible, and take in as many drops of their wisdom as I can. The non-profit sector certainly has a long way to go when it comes to getting women into positions of power and adopting a more inclusive vision for our work. But at the same time, there is so much knowledge we can glean from those who have paved the way for us. I am inspired by the women in this sector who have fought for their dreams and for the betterment of the world.

Calling all young women:

Get a mentor. Get as many mentors as you can. Learn as much as you can. And then let’s get to work.

Calling all women who are established in their sector:

Be a mentor. Pull up the women who are behind you. Lend your wisdom and your experience. Remember that we are your legacy. And, above all: if you have privilege, use it! Help open doors for other women and do your part to bring those opportunities forward. The women around you may be facing more challenges than you, and it’s your responsibility to lift-up women of colour, trans women, and other marginalized groups. Remember – we’ve only truly reached equality if we all get there together.

Who has helped shape who you are at home and at work? Take some time today to email, call, or text them and let them know how impactful they’ve been for you.

The post was originally published on the Canadian Women’s Foundation blog.

About the Author

Deanna Codner is a creative and passionate fundraising professional. She is energized when bringing donors, new and old, alongside the non-profit sector’s mission to solve our society’s greatest systemic issues and prioritizes inclusion in her day-to-day work. In her spare time, you can find Deanna drinking Caesars at the cottage,or dancing around to musicals in her apartment.