Chapter President - Richelle Leckey is the Community Engagement Coordinator for Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs and has been working in the not-for-profit world for most of her career. Through events, fundraising activities and donor support over $600,000 is raised annually at the Boys and Girls Clubs. Richelle is committed to giving children, youth and families in the Okanagan who need us the most the best chance for a “Great Future”. She believes in the value of working collaboratively with organizations and individuals who are passionate about helping all young people become healthy, successful contributing members of society.
Membership and Mentorship - Margo Buckley happily fell into fundraising for the arts sector in 2013 after over a decade long-career in television. First with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and then Ballet Kelowna, Margo has been dedicated to helping generous donors in our community fulfill their philanthropic journey. Moving to Kelowna in 2016, Margo secured her CFRE and is currently the Fund Development Specialist at CMHA Okanagan. As an avid runner and dog lover.
President Elect - Mischa Mueller is the new VP of Programs for AFP Okanagan Chapter and Director of Philanthropy at the Kelowna General HospitalFoundation. Prior to moving back to the Okanagan in 2015, he was working at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. Mischa has a Master’s Degree in History from the University of Toronto and completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Victoria. Connect with him on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mischamueller/
Secretary - Heather Sandager Heather Sandager is the Community Developer at Willowstone Academy. Her portfolio includes communications, marketing, and building a culture of philanthropy. After serving as Admissions Advisor at the school for seven years, she made the transition to fundraising and development in 2018. Heather is passionate about cultivating healthy community in her work and at home. She enjoys an active life in the Okanagan with her four growing children.
Treasurer - Shannon Jolley is one of the founding members of the AFP Okanagan board, having been involved with our chapter since 2013. She launched the first National Philanthropy Day luncheon in 2015, and facilitates the Annual Giving/First Time Giving module in Kelowna Community Resources’ Fund Development Overview course. Shannon spent 17 years in for profit sales, marketing and communications before moving her family from Vancouver to Kelowna in 2011, and moving into the non-profit world. She currently holds the position of Manager, Fundraising & Development for JDRF’s Interior BC Chapter.
National Philanthropy Chair - Magda Kapp is
the Development Officer at Alzheimer Society of B.C. Magda is a graduate of Simon Fraser University with a
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications, and has over 30 years experience in marketing and communications, both in Vancouver and Kelowna. Previous to working at BrainTrust Canada she was the Public Relations Manager at Sun-Rype. She is active in the community and has held several volunteer positions with local charitable organizations. Magda is married and lives in West Kelowna on a small acreage with an apple orchard with her husband and golden retriever.
Communications - Kelly Paley
is the Director of Fund Development for The Bridge Youth & Family Services. After 4 years with The Bridge overseeing administrative and facility operations, Kelly is excited to dedicate her time to raising awareness for the organization as it embarks on its 50th
anniversary and capital campaign to open a Youth Recovery House for young people struggling with problematic substance use. Kelly has worked in both the for-profit and non-profit sector focusing on marketing, business development and fundraising.
Programs Chair - Karen Massar (Information to come)
Government Relations - Ginny Becker Ginny is the executive director of the Kelowna Foundation, an organization dedicated to doing project-based work that directly benefits the community. The foundation’s priority project today is the development of the Child Advocacy Centre of Kelowna. In this capacity Ginny is at the foundational level of developing the long term fundraising platform to support this important work into the future. Personally she he also an active fundraiser supporting the important work of Diabetes Canada as an ambassador for Team Diabetes.
Director at Large - IDEA - Shari Slattery is the Fund Development Manager with Canadian Mental Health Association Kelowna Branch (CMHA ). Through program funding and annual gifts, CMHA Kelowna raises over $350,000 annually, supporting people of all ages and their families, who experience mental illness and its collateral impact to live their best lives possible. Shari’s passion for bettering the lives of our most vulnerable developed during her 10 year career with the YMCA. Most recently, Shari is the lead fundraiser for CMHA Kelowna working in partnership with the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation to raise $2 million to make Foundry Kelowna a reality.