S02E02: Hospitality and Kindness Wins with Kate Swift

Kate Swift is the Manager of Community Engagement at Extend- A – Family Waterloo Region.

For almost a decade, Kate has been focused on Community Development and the social sector; building opportunities for people to connect and thrive is her jam! Kate is an accomplished development and event manager who loves to listen and share stories about the people she meets. A lifetime in the hospitality industry has taught her that everyone is a VIP and that is just as important to have a strategic plan as it is to be able to think on your feet. can help you exceed your goals, build your community and foster relationships with your stakeholders.

What Kate knows for sure: that knowledge is power and best when shared; grumpy people are usually just hungry or tired; Paul Simon’s Graceland is the one album she would listen to forever; and that when approached with kindness and thoughtfulness, anything can happen.

Extend a Family – Waterloo Region

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S02E01: Medicine & Making a Difference with Dr. Sonika Kainth

Dr. Sonika Kainth is a family physician in Toronto. Her expertise lies in combining her knowledge of medicine with a passion for addressing the systemic issues that negatively impact health. Sonika’s work focuses on the opioid crisis which has killed 50 times more people in Ontario than SARS. Currently, she works at a harm-reduction clinic treating people with opioid addictions and resulting health consequences.

Dr. Kainth is a strong advocate for the social determinants of health such as income, health literacy and access to safe housing. She works with many underserved populations and does clinics on a mobile health bus for women without health insurance. She teaches medical trainees practical ways to become daily advocates and has spoken about these issues at many medical conferences.

During her training, she was appointed “Exceptional Resident with Refugees” for helping this population navigate the transition to Canada, such as learning to use public transit. Through her involvement with the Calgary Hub, she was able to get culturally appropriate swimwear donated for 54 students to attend swimming lessons.

Sonika is now Vice Curator for the Toronto Hub and employing Agile techniques to improve group communication and Hub efficiency.

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S01E09: Showcasing Leadership as a Board Member with Brian Toller

Brian Toller is President of Tolcor Investments Ltd., a private investment firm. He is also Co-Owner of Cognitive Workshops, which provides cognitive therapy training for mental health professionals across Canada and in the UK. Previously, he was President of real estate developer The Expernet Group; Senior Consultant of DCH Consultants; Publisher of Renewable Energy News; and a reporter with the Ottawa Citizen. He received an Honours BA in Economics and Canadian Studies from Trent University in 1975 and also did post-graduate studies in journalism at Carleton University.

On a community level, Brian is on the board of Community Foundations of Canada,  which represents the 191 community foundations across Canada. He was on the board of the Ottawa Community Foundation (OCF) for 10 years, three as Board Chair and four as Chair of its Investment Committee, where he led an initiative to implement Responsible Investing and Impact Investing at the foundation. He is currently a member of OCF’s Impact Investing Committee as well as its Investment Committee. He is also Chair of Impact Hub Ottawa, a collaborative co-working space that incubates social purpose businesses.  He is an active supporter of the Ottawa arts community, particularly the Great Canadian Theatre Company and the Ottawa Art Gallery. He was awarded a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and a Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award for his work in the community.

GCTC — https://www.gctc.ca/

OCF — https://www.ocf-fco.ca/initiatives/impact-investing/

Hub — https://ottawa.impacthub.net/

S01E08: The Power of Storytelling with Leah Eustace

Leah is an idea-generator and strategic thinker with a wide and varied background in charitable fund development. Over the past 25 years, Leah has raised hundreds of millions of dollars for organizations around the world.

After many years as a practitioner, Leah now works as a consultant to the non-profit sector. She partners with her clients to help tell powerful stories through direct marketing, cases for support, legacy giving and social media. She has a particular interest, and extensive experience, in strategic planning and ‘looking under the hood’ of fundraising programs to help tune up revenue-generation activities and build stronger relationships with donors.

Leah’s volunteer work is extensive. She is Immediate Past Chair of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada, a Board Member of AFP International, a member of the ACFRE Credentialing Board, and on the Board of the newly formed AFP Canada.

Leah speaks internationally in the areas of legacy giving, donor psychology, leadership, and philanthropic trends. As well, she’s a regular contributor to Advancing Philanthropy, Hilborn e-news, and many other publications.

In 2014, Leah became the 101st person in the world to receive the ACFRE accreditation (and only the 8th in Canada). She was also honoured with the 2014 AFP Ottawa Chapter Outstanding Fundraising Executive Award.

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S01E07: Swiping Right on Fundraising with Paul Nazareth

As Vice President of Community Engagement with CanadaHelps Paul’s team connects Canadians to their most beloved causes as they help over 18,000 Canadian charities tell their stories and fundraise online. Spending 18 years in the sector Paul has been a philanthropic advisor with Scotiabank and spent over a decade with charities like the University of Toronto and the Catholic Church of Greater Toronto. He teaches fundraising with the postgraduate fundraising program at Georgian College, is Chair of the Advisory Committee at the Humber College postgraduate fundraising program, an instructor with the Canadian Association of Gift Planners and speaks nationally on online, major and planned giving. He has been a speaker at almost every AFP Chapter in Canada, and has been featured in the Globe and Mail and Forbes on the topic of personal branding and networking.

Learn more about Paul: https://about.me/paulnazareth

The Philanthropist: 

https://thephilanthropist.ca/2017/03/canada-150-profiles-paul-nazareth/


S01E06: Donors and Brides – Beyond the Veil with Sarah Wong

Sarah Wong is a 25-year-old entrepreneur born and raised in Ottawa. By day she is a customer support lead at a local tech company dedicated to changing the face of healthcare, but on evenings and weekends, she’s a wedding planner dedicated to making life stress-free for local brides and grooms to be! Her current passions in life involve yoga, wine and her fur children (who knew cats could also downward dog?!).

We are sure you’re more interested in the good stuff. She shamelessly admits that her longest relationship outside of her immediate family has been with philanthropy and she has no regrets! Beginning in high school, she volunteered for every committee and charitable event she could. Her CV will tell you that she has planned eye-opening trips for special needs students at the high school level, volunteered with Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village program and created the Fraternities and Sororities of Ottawa Foundation, raising over $30,000 for local charities to date. What her CV won’t tell you, however, is how much she has enjoyed every opportunity for learning and personal growth that philanthropy has provided her along her journey! She truly hopes that you give yourself the opportunity to do the same as you give back too.


S01E05: Samantha Banks – The Magical World of Event Planning

Samantha Banks has been working and volunteering in the philanthropic sector for over a decade. She is a graduate of the Humber Fundraising and Volunteer Management Program and has held positions on both the fundraising and granting side of the industry. She loves to dance and throw events that bring amazing people together. She has worked in Montreal and Ottawa, and served as the Chief of Staff for a Family Office and Foundation in Toronto. Sam is now the Director of Philanthropy, Under 40, for UJA Federation of Greater Toronto. Feel free to contact her at samanthaashleybanks@gmail.com if you want to get involved or have any ideas or questions!


S01E04: Caitlin Salvino – Getting Involved on Campus

Caitlin Salvino is a recent 2017 graduate from Carleton University completing a B.A. Combined Honours in Human Rights and Transnational Law, and is the National Chair of OurTurn. OurTurn is a student-led organization working with 28 student unions and groups across 8 provinces representing close to 400,000 students. It was initiated through the publication of the OurTurn National Action Plan – a bilingual, adaptable, action plan to end campus sexual violence through a holistic response. As part of this action plan, the authors created a campus sexual violence policy scorecard, using a set of 45 different criteria to grade 14 institutions policies – the national average being a C- (60%). Since publication, OurTurn now works with students to provide them with the tools and support they need to prevent sexual violence, support survivors, and lobbying for reforms. This year Caitlin was awarded with the Rhodes scholarship and will study law at Oxford University in the Fall of 2018.

Follow her on Instagram: caitlin.salvino


S01E03: Eric Collard – Understanding Communications

Eric Collard spends his days as the Managing Partner of the Ottawa Media Group, a full-fledged communications firm that has access to close to 20 of the best minds in Canada in media training, communications strategy and event management.

When he’s not giving workshops or presenting at conferences, he’s helping clients merge the time-tested principles of public relations with the new online realities.

A former journalist, he’s spoken across North America on communications and interwebs stuff over the past seven years.

He enjoys doing what he can for the community with his position on the KidsUpFront Ottawa and Banff Avenue Community House board of directors. He’s also the co-founder of Amazing People, a local movement helping shine the light on amazing people doing amazing things.

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Follow him on Twitter: @_ECinc


S01E02: Dan Brunette – Navigating Ethics

Daniel Brunette is the Director, Development and Donor Services for the Ottawa Community Foundation. During the past 17 years, he has worked and volunteered in a number of different capacities in the not-for-profit sector. He began his career by working on the Passing the Torch Campaign to build the new Canadian War Museum, before being recruited to the  University of Ottawa and then by the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa. In 2012, he was invited to join the Ottawa Community Foundation and has served on the Management team since in January of 2015.

As a volunteer, Daniel has spoken extensively about fundraising, including webinars on charitable compliance and receipting for the Capacity Builders program and was a guest lecturer for a continuing education class at Algonquin College (Ottawa Valley Campus) on Ethics and Fundraising. He is currently serving as a Board member and Chair of the Government Relations Committee for the Association of Fundraising Professionals in Canada. He is also the Vice-President of the Bhawani Anantaraman Foundation and prior to this, he served on a number of other boards and committees, including theDuke of Edinburgh’s Award (Québec)  and the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Foundation.  In 2015, he was recognized with a Community Builder Award from United Way Ottawa for his sector involvement and capacity-building work.

This is definitely, Beyond the Bake Sale.

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S01E01: Eric Lauer – The Fight for Movember

Eric Lauer is a 26-year-old marketing and events professional who has been working in the events industry since he was 17. He currently works for a boutique style marketing agency in Toronto, Ontario called Satori CGI. Eric’s drive is to provide creative and disruptive experiences that create lasting impressions. In late 2017 Eric competed in a charity boxing match and raised funds for the Movember Campaign.

Eric has been involved with fundraising for almost ten years. His fundraising “career” ironically started with bake sales and selling chocolate bars at his local Jewish Community Centre (JCC) in Montreal, QC. The purpose of which was to help fund after-school youth programming for the B’nai Brith Youth Organization. He moved to Ottawa for university and began working as an events intern, producing events for young professionals. During his time in university, he joined an international Greek letter fraternity called ACACIA whose motto was “Human Service”. Through this organization, he would be charged to pursue philanthropic endeavours and to generate funds for various charities and causes. This would have a lasting impact, as he would always strive to be involved in impacting those around him.

In late 2017 Eric would begin his journey to the ring as an amateur boxer in the fight for men’s health. He would compete in the 7th installment of Agency Wars.

Agency wars is a charity boxing event where people from the marketing and advertising world in Toronto train and compete in a three-round boxing match. The event is put on by Clancy’s Boxing Academy located in Toronto. Every year they take in marketing and advertising professionals with zero boxing experience and in 12 intense weeks they pit them against each other in a fully licensed Olympic style Amateur boxing match.

He received coaching from past Olympic Boxer Mark Simmons, Head Coach Rico Mancini and Simon Ware. He was pushed to the extreme by his coaches and teammates in the lead up to fight night. The goal of his training was to secure a victory in the ring but his purpose was to raise funds, support and awareness for the Movember campaign. Over the course of his training Eric raised over $2100 from his friends and family who either wished to support him or really wanted to see him get hit in the face for charity. He used social media as well as grassroots promotion to secure his donations and identified strategies along the way that really helped to drive donations and promote his cause.

This is definitely, Beyond the Bake Sale.

Follow him on Instagram: @EazyLauer

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