Our Staff

Executive Team

Allison Felker

Interim Executive Director
Allison has been the interim Executive Director since July 2018.

Michelle Eggli

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

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.
Marie Genevieve Lane

Marie-Geneviève Lane

Senior Accountant
Marie-Geneviève joined VCF in January 2018, after completing the CPA Professional Education program.

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.

Donor Services

Terran Bell

Donor Services Manager
Terran joined our Donor Services team in June 2017.

Landon Gilmour

Coordinator, Donor Services
Landon joined the Donor Services Team in 2019. He works primarily with Donor Advised Funds to coordinate grants and daily operations.

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.

Projects & Partnerships

Lisa

Lisa Nissanov

Team Manager, Reaching Home: Canada's Homelessness Strategy
Lisa is the Team Manager for Reaching Home (formerly the Homelessness Partnering Strategy).
Arminda

Arminda Alexander

Project Officer, Reaching Home: Canada's Homelessness Strategy
Arminda joined VCF in November 2016, as a Project Officer with the Homelessness Partnering Strategy, now called Reaching Home.
Julie Cheng

Julie Cheng

Project Officer, Reaching Home: Canada's Homelessness Strategy
Julie joined the Homelessness Partnering Strategy, now called Reaching Home, in 2017.
Kyla Hackett

Kyla Hackett

Project Coordinator, Canada Learning Bond Project
Kyla Hackett is the Project Coordinator for the Canada Learning Bond Project in Surrey.
Letizia

Letizia Romei

Team Manager, Surrey Homelessness and Housing Society
Letizia is the Team Manager for the Surrey Homelessness and Housing Society (SHHS).
Stephanie Shardlow

Stephanie Shardlow

Fund Development Coordinator, Surrey Homelessness and Housing Society
Stephanie joined the Surrey Homelessness and Housing Society in January 2016 as the Fund Development Coordinator.

Administration

Peter Atkins

Administrator, Philanthropic Services
Peter worked through a variety of information management roles in public and private sectors before joining VCF as Administrator for Philanthropic Services in February 2018.

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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Generation Squeeze

Gen Squeeze is a voice for young Canadians — in politics, in the market, backed by cutting edge research.
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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.