Dana loves people and always sees the potential in them, which is what excites her most about her role as Engagement Manager. Before her arrival in Vancouver, Dana grew up in Burlington, Ontario then spent 10 years in Toronto before taking up residence in the Kootenays. Dana’s educational background is in Women’s Studies and English Literature, studying at both of York University’s campuses. She brings a wide-range of leadership experience to the team as she managed a youth centre and worked in policy development, which culminated in her last role as Executive Director of Big Brothers, Big Sisters in Cranbrook. Dana was drawn to Vantage Point through a presentation on our book The Abundant Not-for-Profit. This was a game-changer for Dana as she began to implement both the practice and the language of knowledge philanthropy in her last role. When the Engagement Manager position came across her path, Dana couldn’t help but think, “This is exactly what I should be doing!” As a developer of people, she does not shy away from meaty conversations and is eager to tease out the talents people want to share. Dana brings her collaborative leadership style and investment in the value of group processing to the team as well as her conviction in the importance of accountability, consideration of others, and having real interactions. When Dana is not engaging in community building, she can be found curled up with a book, out walking her dogs, or following her passion for good food.
Ask Dana about capacity building in the sector, people engagement, and Canadian avant-garde poetry.