Valley First and Vantage Point partnering to bring training to the Okanagan

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by | Feb 6, 2019 | Blog | 0 comments

Valley First and Vantage Point partner to enhance not-for-profit leadership and capacity building in the Okanagan.

Kelowna, B.C. – Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union, and Vantage Point have partnered to expand Vantage Point’s leadership programming and services to not-for-profit organizations in Kelowna, B.C. In February, Valley First, KCR Community Resources, and Vantage Point will be holding a session focused on tools, resources and models that are driving innovation and impact in the sector.

Valley First has provided a generous contribution to enhance leadership training and capacity building resources available to not-for-profit board members and staff in the region. This partnership and ongoing programing leverages both local knowledge and the expertise of Vantage Point and KCR, to maximize the benefits of this training for Okanagan not-for-profit organizations. Based on work completed in 2018, project partners have been working together to explore future possibilities for professional development training in 2019.

Mark Friesen, Director of Capacity Development at Vantage Point explains, “We’re excited to support leadership training and capacity building opportunities available to not-for-profits in Kelowna. Strong leaders make strong organizations; investing in people strengthens the sector overall.”

“As an organization that works closely with many non-profits across our region, we see the incredible benefit to supporting the development of capacity and training for leaders of these important organizations,” says Paulo Araujo, president of Valley First. “First West has been working with Vantage Point for some time in the lower mainland and along with our Kelowna community partners like KCR, we are looking forward to contributing to the professional development of non-profit organizations.”

Valley First and Vantage Point have connected with other organizations in the Okanagan, including Okanagan College and KCR, to understand key opportunities to support the sector in the area. By working together with local funders and expertise additional resources for governance, planning, and leadership training are being made available to community-based organizations.

About Valley First

Valley First is a premier provider of banking, investment and insurance services for residents and businesses in the Okanagan, Similkameen and Thompson valleys. As a division of First West Credit Union, B.C.’s third-largest credit union, Valley First brings innovative products, an extensive branch network and local decision making to the banking experience. We’re proud to partner with Vantage Point to bring non-profit capacity building programming to our community.

About Vantage Point

Vantage Point offers an array of innovative learning opportunities for not-for-profit executives, managers, boards directors, senior and emerging leaders throughout B.C. We focus on building strong organizations with excellent governance, leadership, planning and human resources. Our transformational model of people engagement allows organizations to attract, meaningfully engage and integrate the abundance of talent available in the community.

Media Contact:

Mark Friesen
Director, Capacity Development


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Mark Friesen

Mark Friesen is the Executive Director at Columbia College, Canada’s longest established International not-for-profit college. He currently facilitates a monthly peer network of leaders dedicated to reimagining governance in the non-profit sector, and currently serves as Interim Chair of the Our Place Inner City Assembly. Mark has served as a volunteer, association founder, and an executive director, and has led fundraising, strategic planning and program development efforts in the sector for over 20 years. During his time at Vantage Point, BC’s leading not-for-profit capacity builder, Mark shifted his focus to governance; working with groups to enhance or redefine organizational decision making. Working with the Crown Agency Board Resourcing Office of BC, Mark guided the province to shift the governance and training material of BC’s public sector organizations away from shareholder accountability and towards governance in the public interest.

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