Leadership Labs

2024 Capacity Building

As a community foundation, the West Vancouver Foundation aims to foster peer learning, collaboration, and philanthropic growth for the creation of healthy, vibrant, and livable community. Part of this is done through offering Capacity Building opportunities to the non-profit organizations on the North Shore. 

Is there an area or topic that your organization could use some workshops or training on, to help you better achieve your mission or maximize your resources? In 2020 we offered online Leadership Labs.  Let us know what would benefit you or your organization with this short survey.

In 2020, the West Vancouver Foundation, in conjunction with the community foundations in the Greater Sea to Sky and Howe Sound region, proudly presented a free, online learning series for charities and non-profits during this time of recovery and rebuilding due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This free, online learning series focused on building capacity and addressing key areas of concern, featuring subject matter experts and hosted by the community foundations. 

The series is now complete but many of the sessions were recorded and/or provided valuable resources, which you can find on this page.


Speaker:  Lee Herrin, SCALE Collaborative 

This session helped organizations think through and prepare a financial model of the “before and after” of major events such as starting, expanding, acquiring or reducing a program, purchasing, receiving a major donation, or disposing of an asset. If you are looking at “renovating” your organizations, this session can help you to evaluate the future financial state after the change. If you are experiencing a period of significant change in your operating and funding environment, you may need to undertake “renovations” and this is a session that can help.

Lee has worked in management and leadership roles in both public sector and non-profit environments over the past 17 years and is the main presenter of SCALE’s successful THRIVING NON PROFITS program.


Barbara McMillan, Strategic Philanthropy Specialist

This session provided a grant writing refresh, covering some tips on understanding the changing grant seeking environment and telling your story during COVID, streamlining your grant development time, and sourcing new grant opportunities.

Barbara McMillan’s extensive experience as a grantor, grantee, and instructor in grant writing provides a rich backdrop to help individuals and organizations build their capacity in grant seeking and proposal writing.  Besides having assessed over 1000 grant applications, she has written many successful proposals, and has taught grant seeking for over 25 years, including the Grant and Proposal Writing Course in BCIT’s Fundraising Management Certificate Program.


Paul Nazareth, Vice President

Canadian Association of Gift Planners

Philanthropy and fundraising is evolving, on many fronts. Where will we all land post-pandemic? What does this mean for your charity? We reviewed a number of Canadian resources and data, and discussed how to adapt to today’s donor and funder landscape recognizing that we have limited time, resources and capacity.

Paul Nazareth is a leader in Canada’s philanthropic sector with over 20 years’ experience. Currently the Vice President, Education & Development at the Canadian Association of Gift Planners, he was most recently was VP at the charity CanadaHelps. Paul writes on philanthropy for a variety of publications as well as appearing on national radio and television.


Cheeying Ho, Executive Director

Dan Wilson, Community Planning and Monitoring Specialist

Whistler Centre for Sustainability

The Whistler Centre for Sustainability has developed a customized presentation for charities with discussion around how to self-assess during this period of disruption in order to move forward with confidence and self-awareness.

Cheeying has over 20 years of experience in community planning, engagement and sustainability. Dan has 15 years experience in the sustainability field and specializes in community and neighbourhood sustainability planning, developing implementation tools, monitoring and evaluation systems, and community energy /GHG reduction plans and programs.


Lee Herrin, Director

SCALE Collaborative

This session provided an overview of an easy-to-use cash flow modeling tool with options for a best, middle and worst-case scenario such as the loss of a key revenue stream, or a second pandemic wave with a second closure period. 

Lee has worked in management and leadership roles in both public sector and non-profit environments over the past 17 years and is the main presenter of SCALE’s successful THRIVING NON PROFITS program.

The Leadership Lab Series is thanks in part to a grant received from the Vancouver Foundation, and were produced with the help of the below community foundations.