Vantage Point & Valley First bring not-for-profit leadership training to the Okanagan

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Thanks to the support of Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union, Vantage Point will be connecting and orienting a community of trainers and consultants located in the Okanagan to develop the capacity building training for not-for-profit organizations in the region.

Over 26,000 not-for-profit organizations build and shape British Columbia every day and enable thousands of people to positively engage with their communities. The Okanagan benefits from a tremendous range of not-for-profit organizations engaging diverse individuals to enhance community assets in areas such as social services, health, recreation, sport, arts, and culture.

This partnership with Valley First has enabled Vantage Point to connect with local organizations and better understand successes and opportunities to support the sector.

We’re very excited to connect with local capacity builders and experts who can bring a diverse set of skills and experience to enhance the governance, management, and administrative infrastructure of local not-for-profits in BC’s interior.

This October we’re meeting with a team of facilitators in Kelowna to provide training on governance and strategic planning for not-for-profit organizations. Next, we’ll be working with this team to provide professional development and training to local community leaders. Through Valley First, not-for-profit leaders will be able to access this training to support their professional development and organizational resilience.a

We will post further details concerning the date and topic for the fall capacity building initiative for not-for-profits located in the Okanagan. If you would like to get involved, or learn more, please contact:
Mark Friesen, Director of Capacity Development, Vantage Point, 

About Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union:
Valley First is a premier provider of banking, investment and insurance services for residents and businesses in the Okanagan, Similkameen and Thompson valleys. As a division of First West Credit Union, B.C.'s third-largest credit union, Valley First brings innovative products, an extensive branch network and local decision making to the banking experience. We’re proud to partner with Vantage Point to bring non-profit capacity building programming to our community.

About the Author

Mark Friesen is the Director of Capacity Development at Vantage Point, where he assists not-for-profit organizations throughout BC with strategic planning, governance, and capacity building. Mark excels at assessing governance structures and finding democratic solutions to organizational challenges...

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