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All Partners Meeting 2018

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SVP ED and Board Chair with our 2018 Investee, Carizon's CEO and Board Chair

Thank you to everyone who attended this year’s All Partners Meeting! It was full of lovely food, drink, and company, as well as exciting news about the upcoming months.

KAL-5765SVP Waterloo Region was delighted to officially introduce our new board chair, Ginny Dybenko, to partners present at the gathering. Ginny is very active in the Waterloo community, and her expertise and knowledge are a huge asset to the team at SVPWR. She spoke briefly about the values of SVPWR and its direction in the future.

Another significant announcement was the unveiling of the 2018 SVPWR investee: Carizon Family and Community Services. Carizon is a multi-service community organization committed to improving the future of individuals and families through supportive, therapeutic and preventative programs. Carizon’s Executive Director, Tracy Elop, thanked everyone who participated in the investment selection process, and spoke of future goals as well as the significant positive impact that SVPWR’s support will have on the development of the organization.

KAL-5985SVP Teens Jake Choi and Jocelyne Murphy entertained the crowd with their story of “A Year in the Life of SVP Teens,” which covered some of their recent adventures, goals, and accomplishments, and outlined the work they do to support organizations in Waterloo Region.

The Teens also ran a raffle to raise money for their yearly Community Grant, which was given to the local charity Life Change Adventures. Thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket!


Perfect Pitch Chair Gerry Merz & committee member Sourov De then introduced the multi-part Perfect Pitch nonprofit communications boot camp, which aims to develop nonprofits’ skills on how to more effectively pitch themselves and their ideas. SVP Partners and community members will coach nonprofit teams through three workshops this fall.

They added emphasis to Perfect Pitch by inviting everyone present to the live Perfect Pitch night, where the six participating charities will present their pitch to funders, partners, and community members on November 13th, 2018. 

KAL-5992The event was wrapped up by two guest speakers from the Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation (KWCF): Debbie Currie, the KWCF Board Chair, and Elizabeth Heald, KWCF’s Executive Director, who discussed a little more about upcoming events, shared values and partnerships with SVP Waterloo Region, as well as the development of impact investing. Due to a technical difficulty, some of their slides were not available during the presentation, but may now be accessed here.

A huge thank you goes out to the speakers of the All Partners meeting, who so gracefully and entertainingly transmitted their messages, and also to all attendees, who took the time to come out and take an active role in the SVPWR community.


  • Blog and photos by Michal Rychter, SVP Waterloo Region Marketing & Event Coordinator