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35 Partners + 1 Blue Heron enjoy final SVP Summer Social Series event

Posted by SVP Vancouver

Earlier this year we asked Partners if they wanted to learn more about creating social change; if they had questions about how we can really make a difference in the lives of children and youth at risk. The answer was an enthusiastic YES! As a result, almost 100 Partners attended at least one of three SVP Summer Social Series events to engage in serious dialogue with local experts in non-profit impact.

Collective Impact

SVP’s third session, hosted by SVP Partners Dana and John Montalbano, centred on dialogue around Collective Impact. Collective Impact defines the commitment of a group of important cross-sector actors to a common agenda for solving a specific social problem. Our expert panel to speak on this topic was comprised of Janet Austin, CEO of the YWCA Metro Vancouver, Mark Holloway, Executive Director, SVP Portland, and Kerry McClenahan, SVP Portland Partner, and the session was moderated by SVP Vancouver Executive Director, Dara Parker.

DSC_0233The participants, made up of 35 Partners and special guests, were treated to a myriad of delights including an incredible setting, delicious food and wine, connecting with fellow Partners, incredible learnings on collective impact, and the rescue of the Blue Heron. Amazingly, the Blue Heron – a regular visitor to the Montalbano’s Koi Pond (they say the sushi is delicious there) – got ‘trapped’ behind a wall and amongst the bamboo. There was much anticipation of its rescue which took place later in the evening and featured a brave and passionate volunteer from the Wildlife Rescue Association of BC who managed to pitch her organization to concerned guests.

Although the heron was a highlight, the central focus of the evening was Collective Impact. Please take a moment to read this informative SUMMARY of the discussion and take a look at the event PHOTOS.

In case you missed it… here are snapshots of the first two sessions

Measuring Social Impact

DSC_0136Guest speaker Yuri Fulmer challenged 25 SVP Partners with thought-provoking theories on social impact and the question: “does more money mean doing more good?”. Catalytic dialogue ensued, complemented by excellent wine and food thanks to incredible hosts, Mark and Rita Schnarr. Read the SUMMARY and check out the PHOTOS!


Grant-Making Today

DSC_0008A fabulous and philanthropic evening hosted by Pat and Norm Francis that focussed on ways to make grant-making work best, and featured guest speakers Kevin McCort, CEO of the Vancouver Foundation, and Jennifer Johnstone, President and CEO of the Central City Foundation.

Read the SUMMARY and check out the PHOTOS



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