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Date: Thursday, September 19, 2019
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Theme: Gratitude
Location: George Brown Residency & Conference Centre - 80 Cooperage St., Toronto (map)
Cost: AFP Members - $30 + HST, Non-Members: $35 + HST (includes appetizers and a drink)

It can be hard to find your chance to shine. If every conference wants experience, how do you get experience speaking at conferences? That’s why AFP Toronto began the Speaker Discovery Series (SDS). We want to give first time speakers an opportunity to receive coaching, mentorship, and constructive feedback.

No slideshows allowed. Just a story, a voice, and a little bravery.

This edition of the Speaker Discovery Series invites fundraisers to share their stories on the theme of…gratitude.

In today’s world, it is as important as ever that we stop and appreciate the positive things around us. And thankfully us fundraisers are in the business of gratitude…whether we’re deepening a donor relationship or building a culture of philanthropy, it is gratitude that’s at the core of everything we do.

Join us in celebrating gratitude and first-time speakers on September 19!

If you’re having technical difficulties logging into your account to register for the event, please call us at 416-941-9212.

Sponsored by:

Arielle Bennie

Development Associate

Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation

Arielle found fundraising during a time when she was drowning in a personal crisis, world of capitalism and vanity. Now doing what she does, she feels a sense of happiness and excitement that she's never had before. Arielle constantly wants to talk about her job as a fundraiser. She believes the non-profit sector is one where competition between charities and other organizations is the best kind, because in the end, everyone wins. What other profession can say that? 
Cherie Cohen

Former VP, Marketing & Founder

CanadaHelps, MiraclEggz

Cherie Cohen is a Strategic Marketer and Communicator, Storyteller, a Mompreneur and recently turned Fundraiser.
Allen Davidov, Chartered Marketer

Director, Business Consulting

Environics Analytics

Allen Davidov is Director of Business Development at Environics Analytics and leads the not-for-profit practice. With nearly twenty years of experience, he is responsible for helping charities and foundations apply EA’s products and services to attract and retain donors, corporate partners and volunteers. Prior to joining EA, Allen successfully led marketing, annual giving, leadership giving and event initiatives at a number of organizations, including Sinai Health Foundation, Habitat for Humanity GTA, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, St. John’s Rehab Hospital Foundation at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and North York General Hospital Foundation. Allen is also an active member of the Canadian Marketing Association Not-For-Profit Council. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Liverpool, a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Ryerson University and a Creative Advertising diploma from Centennial College. 
Janet Fairbridge, CFRE

Foundation Director

Hospice Georgian Triangle Foundation

Janet is relatively new to the fundraising profession having a previous career in television production. She is a single Mom to a 20 year old daughter and a goofy golden retriever. Earning her CFRE in 2018 and very proud of being one of the 2018-19 Fellows with the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy Canada Inclusion and Philanthropy program, Janet is grateful to live near the beautiful shore of South Georgian Bay. 

Lacey Kempinski, CFRE

Fundraising Specialist & Owner

Balanced Good

Nearly ten years of fundraising, three jobs, and the opportunity to meet truly amazing donors should have been enough to keep Lacey inspired in our sector. Lacey launched Balanced Good - an organization aimed at helping small to mid-sized non-profits advance their fundraising strategies and access skilled fundraisers. Recognizing that many of these organizations are lead by women also balancing multiple priorities, acting as caregivers, and wanting to make an impact, Lacey knew she could bring value to their teams.

Lacey is an active volunteer with AFP Golden Horseshoe as a Director of Membership on the Board of Directors, she is also the youngest past-chair of the Chapter's National Philanthropy Day celebrations. 
Melanie Pockaj, CFRE

Event Coordinator, Philanthropy

YMCA of Simcoe / Muskoka

Melanie is a hardworking, fun loving, sun seeking single mother who is trying to build healthier communities one party at a time. Both incredibly ordinary (she likes to read, snuggle her dog and play board games) and also kind of interesting (she used to host her own live, television talk show, and once took a solo road trip up the California coast where she couch surfed with complete strangers), she works, plays and volunteers at the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka. Melanie's goal is to try and pay forward the love and support she has received within her community.
Renee Theberge

Development Program Assistant

International Justice Mission Canada

In 2016, Renee received her Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Political Science at the University of Alberta and in 2017, moved to London, ON to work at her first not-for-profit organization, International Justice Mission Canada - the largest anti-slavery organization in the world protecting the poor from violence. Since then, Renee has served many clients in the fight against the persistence, darkness, and weight of injustice as the Development Program Assistant. Outside of work, Renee enjoys volunteering with local not-for-profits including Big Brothers Big Sisters of London & Area, Humane Society London & Middlesex, and London Food Bank. You can also likely find her out exploring at a museum, concert, park, hiking or snacking. Renee finds joy in expressing her creativity and in serving others in her work. She is always looking out for opportunities to connect with and give back to her community, and is always up for an adventure.