Professional Awards


AFP's mission is to advance philanthropy by enabling people and organizations to practice ethical and effective fundraising. The core activities through which AFP fulfills this mission include education, training, mentoring, research, credentialing and advocacy.

One f the ways we hope to advance the mission in our chapter by recognizing fundraising professionals who have made significant contributions to the growth and development of ethical fundraising in the region. The honourees will each be outstanding contributors to the profession and advancement of the work of philanthropy by supporting the AFP Mission.

Outstanding Fundraising Professional Nomination Form
Outstanding New Fundraising Professional Nomination Form


2019 Outstanding Fundraising Professional

Lorie Abernethy, MEOW FOUNDATION

2019 Outstanding New Fundraising Professional

Cicely Patrick

2019 Hazel Gillespie Community Investment Leadership Award

Kristen Brown

2018 Outstanding Fundraising Professional

Vincent Duckworth, ViTreo Group

Vincent has been a leader in the nonprofit sector for over two decades.

Vincent’s initial fundraising career engaged him at three of Canada's leading educational institutions, the University of Alberta, the University of Calgary and NAIT Polytechnic and he has been a consulting fundraiser for the last ten years.

Vincent is internationally recognized as a leading expert on campaign design, strategy and major gift performance. He is considered Canada’s leading authority on philanthropic naming.

A popular speaker, Vincent presents regularly at international, national and local conferences and events. Vincent is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and a certified AFP Master Trainer and uses chis skills to host ViTreo's monthly Braintrust Philanthropy podcast.

Vincent is a past president of the AFP Edmonton Chapter and past board member of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District VIII. He is currently serving as a board member with a Calgary-based dance company and a national granting foundation. He is often called upon to advise national and international boards and councils.

2018 Outstanding New Fundraising Professional

Joelle Mar, Inn from the Cold


Joelle returned to Inn From the Cold as Director, Resource Development in May of 2017 after working at the Calgary Jewish Academy (CJA) for two years. Joelle was the Development Manager at the Inn from 2013 to 2015. Joelle has more than 18 years of marketing and communications experience and possess deep knowledge and success in fund development, event management, sponsorship and major gift donations. Throughout her career Joelle has worked with many notable companies such as SMED International, SuperPages, Centennial Foods, Maple Leaf Consumer Foods and Solex Thermal Science. As Director, Resource Development Joelle will be responsible for all fundraising activities of Inn from the Cold.


Joelle is an avid volunteer who is passionate about giving back to her community. She has volunteered for several years as a Crisis Volunteer at the Calgary Distress Centre, Kids Cancer Care Foundation as well as the Alberta Mentoring Foundation for Youth (AMFY).

2018 Hazel Gillespie Community Investment Award Recipient

Renée Hopfner, Sobeys 

2018_AFP_Nominees_Final0013.jpg Renée has over twenty years of experience working with the non-profit sector. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Alberta College of Art and Design, is an alumnus of the Leadership Calgary program and holds a certificate in Corporate Community Involvement from Boston College. Renée's career achievements and community contributions have been recognized through the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal, the Alberta Centennial medal, Avenue Magazine’s 2013 Top 40 Under 40 list and Canadian Grocer's 2017 Star Women Award.

In her current role as Director, Corporate Social Responsibility with Sobeys Inc., Renée leads the strategic development and oversight of furthering both the social and environmental well-being of the communities where employees live and work.

Renée epitomizes the strength, passion, compassion and professionalism – including leadership, dedication and mentorship of Hazel Gillespie and is a worthy recipient of the 2018 Hazel Gillespie Community Investment Leadership Award. 


Outstanding Fundraising Professional     Outstanding New Fundraising Professional     Hazel Gillespie Community Investment Leadership Award
2019 Lorie Abernethy, MA, CFRE     2019 Cicely Patrick    2019 Kristen Brown
2018 Vincent E Duckworth, CFRE     2018 Joelle Mar    2018

Renée Hopfner ​

2017 Kathleen MacPherson, CFRE     2017 Tina Overwater   2017  Krista Moroz
2016 Sheryl Barlage, CFRE     2016 Jessica Bergen   2016  Lorna Carlson
2015 Cheryl Hamelin, CFRE     2015 Marlene Mulligan   2015  Vicki Reid
2014 Dr. Tony Myers, CFRE     2014 Ashlee Hamblin   2014  Laureen DuBois
2013 Scott Decksheimer, CFRE     2013 Janeen Webb   2013  Christi Cruz
2012 Jocelyne Daw, CFRE     2012 Emma MacIsaac   2012  Barb Simic
2011 E. H. Guy Mallabone, CFRE         2011  Dani DeBoice
2010 Joan V. Black, CFRE          2010 Jerilynn Daniels
2009 Jeanette Pyle          
2008 J. A. Stuart Reid      
2007 Andrea McManus, CFRE