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The Discovery Pod
30 minutes | Dec 7, 2022
Surrey Board Of Trade With Anita Huberman
The Surrey Board of Trade attracts and supports businesses in Surrey. They believe that transportation and education are the two economic foundations of building our city. In today's episode, social profit leader Anita Huberman, the President of Surrey Board Of Trade, shares her tips for working with boards, her idea about leadership, and how to get things done. She also shares some advice on bringing people together around a common purpose. You will want to listen to this conversation if you're responsible for engaging the community in any organization. So tune in!
18 minutes | Nov 30, 2022
AFP Outstanding Corporation Recipient With Lawrence Eade
To earn the award AFP Outstanding Corporation, one must demonstrate an outstanding commitment to supporting the community financially and through encouragement and motivation of others to take leadership roles toward philanthropy and community involvement. In today’s episode, Lawrence Eade, the President of Purdy’s Chocolatier, shares many of his insights about the connection between community and building community and being an effective organizational leader. He also shares why giving back to the community is good for business. Adding value to your community also gives value to your organization. So, if you are a leader, you may want to listen to his insights and get a sense of how Purdy’s Chocolatier approaches giving back to the community.
15 minutes | Nov 29, 2022
AFP Outstanding Youth Philanthropist With Ryan Tattle
Sports undeniably bring people together. Ryan Tattle knows this, and it inspired him to start a fundraising campaign through hockey games – which surprisingly did well than he expected. He joins Douglas Nelson to share the story behind Score for Cancer, a project that raises money on behalf of the Canadian Cancer Society. He looks back on how they amassed more than a hundred thousand dollars through hockey games thanks to the community's burning support, earning him the AFP Outstanding Youth Philanthropist award. Ryan opens up on how her parents made him a strong philanthropist and what motivates him to give back to the community.
19 minutes | Nov 24, 2022
Opportunity Spotlight: BabyGoRound With Sam Drier
Welcoming a baby into the world is a blessing. However, raising them can pose some challenges if you're struggling to fulfill their needs. That is why having a foundation in a community that supports parents in raising their babies in different ways is very valuable today. In this episode, Sam Drier, the Director of Finance at BabyGoRound, makes a difference by assisting mothers and families with necessities for their children because she believes that entry to motherhood is challenging. The foundation has had tons of success creating a solid, stable platform moving forward as a grassroots organization. The BabyGoRound is built with excellent board dynamics and culture that continues to stand tall and positively impact new mothers with newborn babies. Tune in to this conversation now to learn more about it!
15 minutes | Nov 17, 2022
Opportunity Spotlight: Vancouver Island University With Richard Horbachewski
Does your institution set a strategic plan to build a healthier place to work and study for you? In this episode, Richard Horbachewski from Vancouver Island University shares how the university is set to help prepare students for success in every aspect of life. Richard is a fundraising professional and the Chief Advancement Officer and AVP of External Relations at the university. He talks about trust-based leadership and how working collaboratively makes a big difference. He also discusses the values and efforts made by his team during VIU's growth stage to help it scale. If you are interested in big data and making a big difference, you will want to listen to this episode.
31 minutes | Nov 16, 2022
Freestyle BC With Josh Dueck
Do you love skiing and look forward to competing in this sport? Then immerse yourself in an organization with a culture of excellence. Freestyle BC offers freestyle skiing programs in British Columbia, focusing on delivering ski programs that enable the athlete to succeed at the highest level of competition. In today’s episode, Josh Dueck, an aspiring professional skier and coach, shares his ordeals of being a professional skier and his path to becoming a coach. He also shares his insights on how his concept, “Safe Sports, Safe Athlete,” plays out for sports worldwide over the next couple of years. We’re changing culture and how people act and operate across the board regarding coaching and mentoring to protect these athletes with programs that value their physical and mental well-being. Tune in to The Discovery Pod to hear more from this inspirational episode.
24 minutes | Nov 9, 2022
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) With Randall Heidt
It takes great effort and dedication to take a cause forward and more than a strategy to earn a donor’s trust. In this episode, the CEO of the KPU Foundation and Vice President of External Affairs at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Randall Heidt, joins Douglas Nelson as he shares the impact of donors on their institution and any organization. Their insightful conversations take us to the different factors contributing to the success of their initiatives to raise funds to help students reach their educational, career, and life goals. Randall talks about how to effectively manage the expectations of highly motivated leaders and the importance of communicating with them to be on the same page and get them involved in the process to help them secure the resources they need. He also shares how awareness and building connections are key to finding the alignment between your vision and your donor’s passion.
18 minutes | Nov 3, 2022
Opportunity Spotlight: BCCDC Foundation for Public Health With Kristy Kerr
Public health covers many different areas that are crucial to address. Equally crucial are the partners involved. In this episode, Kristy Kerr, the Executive Director of BCCDC Foundation for Public Health shares how the foundation, BCCDC, upholds to serve the community through disease surveillance, detection, treatment, prevention, and consultation. Strengthening the hallmarks of a strong and inclusive community and workforce is crucial in this sector. So how did the foundation fortify these hallmarks to serve the community better and protect the country’s asset, the public’s health? Tune in to this episode with Kristy Kerr to hear more from her!
29 minutes | Nov 2, 2022
First West Foundation With Susan Byrom
Taking the philanthropic road can be challenging, especially when finding the resources to support your mission. One of those is the power imbalance between a funder and the charitable sector. Our guest in this episode found a way around it through trust-based philanthropy. Susan Byrom, the Executive Director of First West Foundation, joins Douglas Nelson to share how they are embracing that at First West. She shares the unique challenges of working with a credit union along with removing the barriers between funders and charities. Susan then talks about how they are creating a safe space for partners to have open and candid conversations, particularly around the accelerator program versus the granting program. Are you ready to explore a potential partnership with trust-based philanthropy? Don't miss out on this conversation as Susan tells us more!
27 minutes | Oct 26, 2022
Big Sisters Of The Lower Mainland With Chantelle Krish
In this world full of trials, shining light and supporting others who are facing huge ordeals is a great thing we could do. After all, the world is much bigger than us, so we must contribute and give back to the world. In this episode, Chantelle Krish, a passionate and experienced community leader, talks about her work in bringing people together to reach out and serve the community. Chantelle is the Executive Director of Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland, a non-profit organization providing volunteer mentors to Lower Mainland girls needing a positive role model. Big Sisters is on the cusp of some significant changes. Tune in to this inspiring episode to find out what more needs to be done in the social profit sector and what Big Sisters is looking forward to.
31 minutes | Oct 19, 2022
Immigrant Employment Council With Patrick MacKenzie
The demand for workers in British Columbia is much higher than the supply of workers. Migrants and those who leave the school system to enter the labor market for the first time are critical components of the new labor supply. In this episode, Patrick MacKenzie, the CEO of the Immigrant Employment Council of BC, shares the story of the Immigrant Employment Council of BC and the outstanding efforts he and his team did. Some studies show that when revenues go up, profitability increases as you hire a more diverse workforce, which drives employers to hire immigrants to diversify their workforce. To help mitigate the problems of employers being fully staffed, IECBC helps integrate immigrants into the labor market at a level that utilizes their skills, training, and education. To learn more about the role that newcomers to Canada play in the economy, hit that play button.
33 minutes | Oct 13, 2022
The Power Of Maturn With Jen Murtagh And Sonja Baikogli Foley
As soon as women have children, they're already at a disadvantage in their careers. This is what you call "The Motherhood Penalty," and Maturn is on a mission to solve that. Most organizations never really even thought about maternity leaves. Most of them just expected their employees to come back and pick up from where they left off. That is not how it works. Women need time to get back into the process, especially after a long transition. Join Douglas Nelson as he talks to the Founders of Maturn, Jen Murtagh & Sonja Baikogli Foley. Learn how and why they started Maturn. Discover how companies, big and small, can improve on their maternity leave process. Find out the power of Maturn today!
12 minutes | Oct 9, 2022
Opportunity Spotlight: Vancouver Community College With Moira Gookstetter
In today’s Opportunity Spotlight, we look at positions that are available within our sector that you probably want to pay attention to. Our guest, Moira Gookstetter, recently joined Vancouver Community College as their Executive Director of their Foundation and Director of College Advancement. She dives into everything the college and foundation provides, from professional development to learning opportunities and growth. If you’re interested and curious, we’re encouraging candidates to come forward and reach out. This may be the opportunity you’re looking for!
23 minutes | Oct 5, 2022
Children's Hospital Foundation Of Manitoba
There are communities that don’t have safe drinking water, which leads to adverse health outcomes, and these challenges have been associated with colonialism and health outcomes associated with poverty. The Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba is dedicated to ensuring that every child treated at HSC Winnipeg Children’s Hospital has the best care and experience possible. The CEO of Children’s Hospital Foundation, Stefano Grande, shares the great successes of their campaign, as well as what was involved in moving the organization from pre-campaign to the final stages of a very successful campaign. Through their $75 million campaign, the Foundation was able serve the children and families with negative health outcomes attached to poverty and reach those communities who have limited access to healthcare. Listen to this inspiring episode as Stefano shares his insights, wisdom, and learnings throughout the conversation.
31 minutes | Sep 30, 2022
Orange Shirt Day: Changing The Conversation On Truth And Reconciliation With Phyllis Webstad
September 30th is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, known as Orange Shirt Day, in Canada. It is the day to recognize the effects of the Canadian Indian residential system and honor survivors, their families, and those who never made it home. In this special episode, Douglas Nelson speaks with none other than the founder of Orange Shirt Day and the Orange Shirt Society, Phyllis Webstad. Phyllis shares her story and healing journey as a survivor and how, in 2013, she helped raise awareness that the Federal government took notice. She then takes us into how they run their organization, attract corporate partners, and utilize merchandise sales. Looking ahead, she then shares her thoughts on what action can people and corporations take to show their solidarity. So tune in and take part in this important conversation.
8 minutes | Sep 20, 2022
Season 7 Preview
The Discovery Pod is now on Season 7! Douglas Nelson shares what the show has in store with the new Director of Communications at The Discovery Group, Alex Wilson. They give us a sneak peek at episodes featuring leaders in the social profit sector, prominent authors and professors, and tech founders who brought tremendous value to society. They also look back on the lessons from past seasons, emphasizing how The Discovery Pod has become a platform for social impact leaders to grow while changing the world.
33 minutes | Jul 20, 2022
BC Children’s Hospital Foundation With Malcolm Berry
What changes can you implement in your organization so you can make a difference? Listen as your host Douglas Nelson sits down for a conversation with Malcolm Berry on BC Children’s Hospital Foundation’s philanthropic success. Since March 2021, Malcolm Berry has led the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation as president and CEO, bringing with him a proven track record of philanthropy and leadership accomplishments in pediatric health care. In this episode, he stresses the importance of a purpose, vision, making an impact, and changing the community for the better. Tune in as he brings in powerful messages that could help you take your leadership to the next level through a practical approach designed for success.
17 minutes | Jun 23, 2022
Brad Offman - Corporate Partnerships in the Social Profit Sector
There are so many things the social profit sector can do, and corporate partnerships can help them further achieve their goals. Tune into this episode as Brad Offman discusses corporate partnerships in the social profit sector. Brad is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Spire Philanthropy, a management consultancy specializing in corporate-charitable partnerships and philanthropic advisory services. In this conversation, he explains strategies corporations need to execute that are beneficial for organizational success, emphasizing the need to choose charitable partners that help strategically achieve what they're trying to do. Brad also shares why we need to explore the relationship between the corporate and charitable sectors and the importance of identifying and onboarding new corporate partners.
22 minutes | Jun 15, 2022
Pacific Salmon Foundation With Allison Colina
The Pacific Salmon Foundation is a nonprofit that focuses on rebuilding and improving the ecosystems for salmon. Running a massive organization with such a unique structure as this charity has is a one-in-a-kind challenge. We get taken into the ins-and-outs of the Pacific Salmon Foundation by Allison Colina, Vice President of Development, Marketing, and Communications. In this episode, she talks us through her journey from healthcare to becoming a social profit leader. She also gives insights on how the community and government policy play a part in the charity’s conservation efforts.
41 minutes | Jun 8, 2022
Calgary John Howard Society With Leslie McMechan
The Calgary John Howard Society (CJHS) is a charity that has been reducing crime and making Calgary communities safer since 1949 by helping youth and adults make positive changes and move away from criminal behavior. They do this by addressing the root causes of crime through education, employment programs, housing, and support so individuals have alternatives to breaking the law. Joining Douglas Nelson today to share what the charity is all about is Leslie McMechan, the Executive Director at CJHS. She also gives some insight into the great work that they do.
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