The Board

On behalf of the AFP Central Ontario Chapter’s Board of Directors, welcome!

With a geographic area that covers a huge part of our beautiful province, from north of the Greater Toronto Area, to the Manitoba border and shore of Hudson Bay, our goal is to provide networking, education, fellowship, and advocacy resources for individuals and organizations that generate philanthropic support for a wide variety of charities and not-for-profits. With a lens of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access, we pride ourselves on providing fundraisers with the tools and information they need to “stimulate a world of generosity and positive social good through fundraising best practices” (AFP Canada, Strategic Plan).

Membership with the Central Ontario Chapter provides access to all of the education sessions and networking opportunities that AFP Central Ontario hosts throughout the year, including a National Philanthropy Day celebration and our annual Symposium. As is our new global reality, our sessions are currently provided online and through platforms such as Zoom.

Please explore our website to learn more about how AFP Central Ontario can support you, and reach out to us directly if you have any questions about membership.

Lisa Spinks, CFRE

Development Director
Seasons Centre for Grieving Children

The Board

The Board is comprised of community fundraisers who believe in giving back to build resources for our sector. If you are interested in joining us, please send us an email!

Lisa Spinks, President

Lisa is passionate about making a positive difference in her community. Her donor-centered approach has helped raise millions of dollars in gifts for charitable organizations. Lisa’s passion for advancing philanthropy extends to her role on the AFP CON Board of Directors, and previously on the executive for the Planned Giving Council of Simcoe County. Lisa is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE). Currently employed as the Development Director at Seasons Centre for Grieving Children, she launched her career in the charitable sector in 2005 at Evergreen. Other charitable organizations in Central Ontario that have benefited from her energy and expertise include Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation, Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie, Empower Simcoe.

Whitney Sallach, Secretary, Past President

Whitney Sallach entered the fundraising sector in 2017 after beginning her career in community journalism. With prior roles at Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation and The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, Whitney was thrilled to join Innisfil Community Foundation as Executive Director in 2023. Whitney earned her Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) designation in 2021 and also volunteers with the Rotary Club of Innisfil.

Rebecca Munro, Membership Director 

Rebecca Munro is a dedicated professional in philanthropy, currently serving as the Manager of Major and Planned Gifts for the YMCA Simcoe Muskoka. With a Bachelor’s Degree from Brock University, she gained an understanding of the importance of community and recreation, laying the foundation for her career dedicated to enhancing community well-being. Furthering her education, Rebecca completed a post-graduate certificate in Event and Fundraising Management. Passionate about community impact, she seamlessly integrates her understanding of the connection between community development and philanthropy into her roles. Beyond her current position, Rebecca actively engages in the fundraising community, holding a role on the board for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Central Ontario Chapter. Balancing her professional endeavors, she places great value on personal connections, recognizing the importance of a balanced life. Rebecca‘s educational background and commitment to philanthropy define her professional journey, ensuring a positive impact on the broader fundraising community.

Liz Noonan, Treasurer

Liz has over 25 years of experience in accounting and finance including positions in public practice, governance, and industry. Liz graduated from McMaster University with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce in 1991 and received her CPA designation in 1994. Liz joined Powell Jones LLP in 2013, providing accounting and auditing services to a varied base of clients in manufacturing and retail industries as well as to many not-for-profit organizations. Liz is a Barrie native and has volunteered with various groups in the community including as the Treasurer for MADD Barrie/Simcoe and Planned Giving Council of Simcoe County.

Pamela Ross, Government Relations

Pamela Ross, CFRE, joined RVH Foundation as its CEO in January 2021, after having been the Chief Philanthropy Officer at United Way Greater Toronto, and spending 12 years at Sunnybrook Foundation, most recently as its Chief Operating Officer, where she was responsible for all fundraising and day-to-day operations. While Pam isn’t a doctor, she is honoured to use her non-medical skills to improve the health care of her friends, loved ones and neighbours through her work.

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