Sector Advocacy Kickoff Event

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Everyone is invited to attend this FREE event - Executive Directors, Board Members, Senior Leaders, Emerging Leaders, and supporters & champions of the not-for-profit community.

Join us for wine & networking as we hear from government relations experts and celebrate our move into public policy advocacy for the not-for-profit sector.

This fall Vantage Point launched our membership campaign, announcing our new focus on public policy advocacy. Not-for-profit leaders have an important role in shaping a healthy public policy environment and we are excited to work with our members to address sector-wide challenges.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about our public policy work and membership services. From the work we have done to our next plans of action, bring your burning questions about where this work can go from here.

Connect and network with fellow leaders in the sector who are passionate about raising the importance of not-for-profits to the province.

Special Guests

Mira Oreck is the Former Director of Stakeholder Relations for the Province of BC, and former Director of Engagement at the Boradbent Institute.

Bruce Okabe is the current Board member at Vantage Point, former Deputy Minister of Tourism, Sport and the Arts, and former CEO of Travel Alberta.


5:00pm Arrivals and networking

Hear from our Special Guests: What does a healthy public policy environment for not-for-profit organizations look like?

  • Mira Oreck: Government Relations in the not-for-profit sector
  • Bruce Okabe: Not-for-profit public policy advocacy in 2020
6:10pm Ask us anything - ask our special guests for their thoughts and views on the role of not-for-profits when it comes to public policy dialogue and development! (Training Room)
6:30pm Wine and Networking
7:30pm Close










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Date: November 27, 2019 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Vantage Point
1183 Melville Street
Vancouver, BC V6E 0A3
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Alison Brewin

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Alison Brewin is the Executive Director of Vantage Point, and current Vice-Chair of the Governance Committee of UBC’s Board of Governors. Her expertise lies in supporting small and medium-sized not-for-profits to build a shared understanding of effective organizational practices. Alison joined West Coast LEAF as their Interim Executive Director in 1999. As Legal Director and then Executive Director from 2001 to 2011, she led the organization’s work to advance women’s equality in BC. In that role, she facilitated community consultations and dialogue on complex social issues. Through her business Alison Brewin Consulting, she supported a broad range of organizations including, Vancity Community Foundation, BC Non-Profit Housing Association, Atira Women’s Resource Society, First United Church and many more. Alison designed and teaches “Canadian Approaches to Non-Profit Management” in SFU’s Non-Profit Management Certificate Program and is designing a new course on volunteerism and governance for that program.

t: 604 875 9144**
f: 604 875 0710
1183 Melville Street
Vancouver, BC V6E 2X5

**Please note: During COVID-19 the Vantage Point team is working from home. Contact information for workshops can be found on event pages, or find a list of our staff contact info here.


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