DATE: Wednesday, November 2, 2016
LOCATION: We will meet up in front of the subway entrance adjacent to 1 St. Clair Avenue East ~ MAP
TIME: 5:30pm - 7pm. The tour will begin promptly at 5:30pm so please arrive about 10 minutes early.
COST: Members: $12 Non-Members: $15 (+ HST)


In one night you can learn from top leaders about:

  • The top trends and forces shaping annual giving today
  • How to create corporate engagement success and overcome challenges
  • How volunteer engagement can drive and support fundraising goals

Gain insider insight into what it's like to work at Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario, Crohn's & Colitis Canada and Special Olympics Canada. This is your chance to stop in and visit these charities, speak to sector leaders, ask questions and become more informed on challenges facing charities. Then we will cap off the charity crawl with drinks and appetizers at Scallywags. Consider this your educational version of a bar hop! #afpcharitycrawl

Sharon Bollenbach

Chief Executive Officer

Special Olympics Canada

Sharon Bollenbach was appointed CEO of Special Olympics Canada (SOC) in December 2013. In this role, she oversees the organization’s business operations including business development, marketing, communications, sport programs and competitions, government relations and human resources. Sharon is also responsible for the strategic direction of Special Olympics in Canada and its relationship with Special Olympics International (SOI).

Prior to assuming the role of CEO, Sharon was Senior Vice President, Sport and Strategic Initiatives with SOC. During her seven years in this position, Sharon led the organization’s government relations strategy, effectively increasing federal government funding more than 300% to unprecedented amounts. Sharon was also appointed the national project lead for the development of the SOC 2012-2017 Pan-Canadian Strategic Plan, adopted unanimously by the twelve provincial/territorial Chapters and the SOC Board of Directors. At the same time, Sharon oversaw the development and expansion across Canada of high-impact, cost-effective, communitybased sport programs for athletes with an intellectual disability, the planning of
several successful Special Olympics Canada National Games and Canada’s participation in Special Olympics World Games.

Prior to joining SOC, Sharon held positions with the FIFA U-20 World Cup Toronto Organizing Committee, the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Skate Canada, and Special Olympics Manitoba.

Sharon currently serves as Chair of the Special Olympics North American Leadership Council.

A recipient of The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, Sharon holds a Bachelor of Recreation Studies from the University of Manitoba.

Sarah Eyton

Vice President, Development

Special Olympics Canada

Sarah Eyton is the Vice President, Fund Development for Special Olympics Canada (SOC) and oversees all fundraising and stewardship for the Canadian division of this global movement, which enriches the lives of children, youth and adults with an intellectual disability through sport.

Eyton began her career as a corporate lawyer with the international business law firm Torys. Since leaving the practice of law, she has been active in sport, health and education organizations in the charitable sector. She first signed on to be part of the Toronto 2008 Olympic Bid as the Director, Finance, where she was able to raise close to $50-million. 

Interested in continuing this career path around fundraising and business development, Eyton moved over to OCAD University and led the $42.5-million capital campaign to finance OCAD’s critically acclaimed campus extension. Subsequently Eyton was the Director, Development and Alumni Relations for the Michener Institute of Applied Health Sciences, Canada’s only post-secondary institution devoted exclusively to health sciences education. While with the Michener Institute, Eyton built up their fundraising and alumni relations capabilities.

In September 2012, Eyton joined Special Olympics Canada as Vice President, Business Development & Marketing. Eyton has been instrumental in re-vamping SOC’s business development and marketing teams and, under her leadership, SOC has strengthened and grown its long-standing relationships, secured several new major national partners and developed a Pan-Canadian fundraising strategy to diversify and grow the movement’s revenue. She has also taken the lead in re-branding and reinvigorating SOC’s long-time signature fundraising event, the Special Olympics Festival Gala, which is now known as LIMITLESS.  Due to the business development successes of Eyton and her team and the addition of individual giving as a new and important strategic direction within SOC’s fundraising strategy, in August 2016 Eyton’s role shifted to focus fully on all aspects of fundraising.  Her title was changed to Vice-President, Fund Development accordingly. 

Throughout her career, Eyton has also volunteered extensively with social service and health charitable organizations, including Big Brothers Big Sisters, YMCA and SickKids Foundation, to name a few. As the Vice President, Fund Development for SOC, she continues on this path while serving Canadians with intellectual disabilities.

Eyton holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of British Columbia, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario.

Mark Hierlihy, CFRE

Executive Director

Canadian Cancer Society - Ontario

Mark found his calling in the noble profession of fundraising over 20 years ago at a young hospital foundation in PEI. He has always been passionate about his personal mission "to be a constant positive influence on everyone I meet” but at the same time has not shied away from being a disrupter and a catalyst for change. His rewarding career has been packed full of cutting edge fundraising at Canada’s National Arts Centre, Special Olympics Canada and Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. He cares deeply about his work as a strategist, campaign designer, implementer and coach to help strengthen charities and the profession. Mark is currently Executive Director of
Canadian Cancer Society - Ontario. He’s also the co-founder of AFP Toronto Chapter D3: Debate. Debunk. Delight.

Erin Spink

National Manager, Volunteer Engagement

Crohn's & Colitis Canada

Over the past 20 years, Erin Spink has been passionately involved as a volunteer, advocate, and employee in the non-profit sector, focusing specifically in volunteer engagement. She is the founder ofspinktank, an innovative think tank on the profession and practice of volunteer engagement. In 2008, Spink completed an M.A. (Leadership), submitting a major research project which was the first-ever academic work to quantify the concept of “volunteer engagement.” She has since both published and trained around the world on volunteer engagement topics. Spink’s interest in volunteers began at the age of six, when she pronounced that while it was wrong to eat animals, hamburgers at McDonald’s came from “volunteer cows” and therefore an exception could be made. She has since changed her mind and is strongly opposed to eating volunteers.