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Year-End Message from SVPWR Board Chair Ginny Dybenko

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What a remarkable year 2018 has been for SVPWR.  More and more community members are talking about us and considering joining our ranks.  More and more charities are benefiting from our investments in expertise and funding.

Charity Teams & Ginny DybenkoLooking back over the year, I must start with our new outstandingly successful event:  Perfect Pitch.  Perfect Pitch was a massive undertaking for our small staff and dedicated partners and it resulted in a truly exceptional event.  Over the course of three months, six charitable organizations were selected, and professionally coached in the development of their pitch and presentation techniques, along with three of our investee charities, who audited the workshops.  The six charities then had the opportunity to deliver their pitch to a sold-out audience of potential investors.  The non-stop kudos from the charitable sector, existing and potential partners, and even government representatives has us considering a repeat for next year.  Let us know if you want to help.

SVP - new officeSVPWR is growing up and has left home – or has at least moved to a new independent office in the Accelerator Centre.  Many thanks to Capacity Canada for giving us space for the last six years and a huge shout-out to the Accelerator Centre for providing us with our new digs.

SVPWR has this year initiated discussions regarding future collaborative initiatives with local community leaders at Communitech and the Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation.  Stand by for future announcements.

The SVPWR Lunch and Learn education series, sponsored by BDO, hit it out of the park this year hosting four information sessions with over 150 attendees.

Meanwhile, our 18 SVP Teens from 7 local schools received a remarkable vote of confidence in the form of a 3-year sponsorship commitment from Sue and Jim Hallman when they witnessed first-SVP and 2018 Investee, Carizonhand how much their grandson had benefited from the program.

This year, SVPWR welcomed our 8th investee:  Carizon Family & Community Services.  We are now supporting Carizon, Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington, and Child Witness Centre with 17 SVP partners actively working on eight separate projects. We’re proud of, and keep in touch with our five alumni charities: SHORE Centre, Hospice of Waterloo Region, Kinbridge Community Association, Woolwich Counselling Centre, and Strong Start.

If you would like to be part of the 2019 Investment Committee, please contact Rose.

Meetings start in January with an orientation on Jan. 15, and there are three more meetings where you’ll help to shortlist the applications and hear pitches from the finalists. No experience on the committee is necessary, and it’s a great way to get involved.

In light of our recent successes, the SVPWR Board is gearing up to take a look at our Strategic Plan in the coming year.  We have a couple of vacancies on our board and we are specifically looking for finance and marketing expertise to help take our organization to the next level.

Please let me know by January 11 if you would be interested in serving on our Board.


Finally, please join us in welcoming our new SVPWR partners:

  • Jen Langdon
  • Jaime Jacomen
  • Chad Harrison and Paola Mondragon
  • Jake and Breana Walker
  • Madeline Flaxey and Cliff Rego

Come out to our next meeting (the Winter Social on February 6th) to welcome these new partners.

Please do come out often to our events during the year, whenever your busy calendars allow and bring friends that might be interested.  We would love to see you and share our many rewarding experiences.

Happy Holidays,