Office of Advancement
Office of Advancement

ALTogether Now

Vol. 2 - June 10, 2019

Volunteer Relations and Reunions Team
Advancement Leadership Team: Steve Hornsby, Leigh Kalin, Scott Anderson, Karen Bertrand, Deanna Bennett, and Tom Hewitt

Peek inside the Office of the Vice-Principal

Deanna Bennett
Deanna Bennett, Executive Director, Office of the Vice-Principal

We expect some people aren’t familiar with exactly what the staff of the VP’s Office does. There’s a good chance, however, that our work touches many parts of your job.

We support the Vice-Principal’s overall leadership by enhancing Karen’s impact, effectiveness, and productivity related to the day-to-day operations and long-term planning for the entire Office of Advancement. In other words, we do things like:  

•    Manage the strategic planning process

•    Manage all things related to operating finances and budgets, such as forecasting, budgeting, cost analysis, reviewing operational performance to ensure compliance, integrity, data quality, etc. 

•    Oversee human resources programming such as recruitment, on-boarding, development, retention, equity and diversity

•    Provide executive support to the VP by managing meetings and agendas, support and spearhead setting objectives annually, track performance for the Advancement Strategic Plan, and manage the content and logistics of staff meetings 

•    Lead the co-ordination of Advancement’s governance reports to the Board of Trustees and other bodies

•    Space planning and facilities management across Advancement

VP's Office: Meet the whole team.

Workspace Planning 

We want to create a plan to improve our workspaces over the next one to three years. The plan will take into account who sits where, layout, paint, carpet, and more. 

Please take a few minutes to complete our workspace analysis questionnaire. The information provided will be important input for our plan.

We are also looking for a representative from each unit to be part of our Workspace Planning Team. If you are interested, please indicate this in Part 5 of the questionnaire. 

Advancement Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Working Group

For many years Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) has been a strategic priority for Advancement.  

We have done some foundational work like achieving 100% completion of Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act training, focusing on accessibility in our digital communications, and other forms of awareness raising and training. We have also introduced programmatic initiatives like employment equity, observing faith-based days, the workplace safety initiative, and use of land acknowledgments.

For 2019-20, we want to review our efforts and address gaps and opportunities. The working group will also look at developing a comprehensive strategy and framework with measurable and achievable goals, with the hopes that one day EDI is integrated and sustainable – ingrained into the fabric of Advancement.  

If you are interested in this area of work and would like to put your name forward for consideration, please send an email to Kate Bearse at by June 21.  

Choose the next EAB presentation

Help decide the topic of the next EAB on-campus presentation. It’s so hard to choose!
With our EAB membership we receive one on-campus presentation per year. Our 2018 presentation, New Frontiers in Pipeline Development, held earlier this year, was a great success and we would like to schedule our next one for September 2019. It’s up to you which one we choose:

1. Digital Strategy - Preparing for Advancement’s Digital Future

Lessons from the Leading Edge of Marketing and Engagement:

  • Four solutions to shifts in constituent engagement and communication expectations
  • Techniques to digitize engagement and optimize asks for attention

2. Alumni Engagement - The New Rules of Engagement

Building the Next Generation of Alumni Leaders and Volunteers:

  • How to adapt volunteer roles to meet today’s alumni needs
  • Mid-career alumni engagement trends and tactics
  • Strategies for making it easy to say yes, meeting alumni where they are, brokering smart matches, and embracing the “me factor”

Volunteer Relations & Reunions Team: Jessica Koehn, Ben Seewald, Kathryn Vilela, Carey Morrison and Rebecca Dann (QSAA President)