Our Staff

Executive Team

Derek

Derek Gent

Executive Director
Derek proudly leads an arms-length Community Foundation associated with the members of Vancity Credit Union in BC.

Nancy Melo

Manager, Administration
Nancy been with Vancity for 26 years, prior to joining the Foundation in 2012 Nancy worked with the venture capital division of Vancity.
Michelle

Michelle Eggli

Communication & Engagement Manager
Michelle graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Communications Degree from the Faculty of Applied Science.
Allison

Allison Felker

Manager, Donor Engagement & Fund Development
Allison develops and implements strategies that deepen relationships with donors to expand the resources & support available to organizations in our community.
Irene

Irene Gannitsos

Manager, Strategic Programs
Irene re-joined our team in 2015, having previously worked with the Foundation from 2000 - 2012 in a variety of roles and leading much of the early social enterprise work.

Vera LeFranc

Manager, Community Projects
Vera holds a B.A. in Liberal and Business Studies and has been working with community organizations for over 25 years.

Donor Services

Terran Bell

Donor Services Advisor
Terran joined our team as Donor Services Advisor in June 2017.

JC Macmillan

Donor Services Administrator
JC brings a vast knowledge of the Vancity systems and internal connections having worked with Vancity since 2008.

Strategic Programs

Bryn

Bryn Sadownik

Program Manager, Evaluation & Community Impact
Bryn works with community organizations to strategically plan, manage and communicate the value of their work, and in particular the measurement of social & environmental impact.
Bill

Bill Aube

Development Advisor - Impact Real Estate
Bill is the development advisor for our impact real estate portfolio, helping organizations acquire or develop real estate assets to fulfill their social purpose.
Sean

Sean Condon

Development Advisor - Social Enterprise
Sean is our social enterprise development advisor, helping organizations to plan, launch, and grow their social venture while strengthening our programs and community impact.

Projects & Partnerships

Arminda

Arminda Alexander

Project Officer, Homelessness Partnering Strategy
Arminda joined VCF in November, 2016, as a Project Officer with the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS).
Julie Cheng

Julie Cheng

Project Officer, Homelessness Partnering Strategy
Julie joined the Homelessness Partnering Strategy team at Vancity Community Foundation in 2017.

Liam McLellan

Project Officer, Homelessness Partnering Strategy
Liam joined Vancity Community Foundation in 2015 as a Project Officer with the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) team.
Lisa

Lisa Nissanov

Team Manager, Homelessness Partnering Strategy (On Maternity Leave)
Lisa is the Team Manager for the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS).
Letizia

Letizia Romei

Team Manager, Homelessness Partnering Strategy
Letizia is the Team Manager for the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) team.
Stephanie Shardlow

Stephanie Shardlow

Fund Development Coordinator, Surrey Homelessness and Housing Society (On Maternity Leave)
Stephanie joined the Surrey Homelessness and Housing Society in January 2016 as the Fund Development Coordinator.
Lauren Vonic

Lauren Vonic

Fund Development Coordinator, Surrey Homelessness and Housing Society
Lauren has always had an interest in working in the non-profit sector and is excited to gain experience in her role as Fund Development Coordinator for the Surrey Homelessness and...

Administration

Cherlyn Itakura

Senior Accountant
Cherlyn joined VCF in 2011 as our Senior Accountant, after having worked in Vancity's Finance Division.

Pearl Wu

Office Coordinator
Pearl joined Vancity in 1986 and was employed in various branches and departments until she became the Office Coordinator at Vancity Community Foundation in 2005.

Hosted Organizations

First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition

First Call is a non-partisan coalition of over 100 provincial and regional organizations who have united their voices to put children and youth first in BC.
BCPRC

BC Poverty Reduction Coalition

The BC Poverty Reduction Coalition actively campaigns for the introduction of a bold and comprehensive poverty reduction plan from the government of British Columbia.
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Living Wage for Families Campaign

The Living Wage for Families Campaign encourages employers to pay a living wage as well as advocates for government policies that would help families make ends meet.