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Leadership Labs

Leadership Labs


The West Vancouver Foundation, in conjunction with the community foundations in the Greater Sea to Sky and Howe Sound region, are proud to present a free, online learning series for charities and non-profits during this time of recovery and rebuilding due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted everyone, charities across BC have had to adjust to the new reality of working remotely, physically distancing, and introducing new programs addressing rapidly changing needs. It is a dynamic situation for leaders, volunteers, and clients alike.

Learning to thrive in complicated times is vital. This free, online learning series is focused on building capacity and addressing key areas of concern, featuring subject matter experts and hosted by the community foundations. This summer charities were surveyed to find out what topics would provide the most value and benefit and from the results, this series has been developed.  There is no charge for attending the sessions but space is limited. The series is for charities and is planned to run until March 2021. 


Session 3: Fundraising & Funders (Part One) 

Managing Relationships with Donors During COVID-19CAGP

Date:        November 17, 2020

Time:        11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Speaker:  Paul Nazareth, Vice President, Canadian Association of Gift Planners

Find out how to approach fundraising in these changing times and engage donors in new fundraising opportunities. Paul is an experienced, sought after speaker with agencies, donors, and advisors. This session will be an abbreviated version of the training that was offered at the Community Foundations of Canada 2019 conference. CAGP has been doing research on donor responses during COVID-19 and will share this learning through the session.

Paul Nazareth is a leader in Canada’s philanthropic sector with over 18 years’ experience in Planned Giving. Now Vice President, Education & Development at the Canadian Association of Gift Planners, he has most recently been VP at the charity CanadaHelps as they scaled in donations to now over $160M a year.


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. If you have questions for the speaker or about the event, email

Session 4: Fundraising & Funders (Part Two) 

Boosting Your Grant Applications

Date:        December 8, 2020Barb McMillan

Time:        11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Speaker:  Barbara McMillan, Strategic Philanthropy Specialist

This session will provide 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.


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. If you have questions for the speaker or about the event, email


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.

Whistler Foundation  Squamish FoundationSunshine Coast FoundationBowen Foundation




Past Sessions


After the sessions have occurred, we will post the recordings and other links here.

Session 2: Organizational Assessment in the Times of COVID-19

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.

Session Recording

Impact Tool

Presentation Slides

Session 1: Managing Financial Impacts

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.


Excel cash flow template

Presentation slides