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Mother Nature is NOT the biggest thre...

Hands of Homeless Man with Change in Cup
“If they wanted a job they could get one.” Time and time again I’ve heard various, middle class people talk about how “lazy” homeless people are or how much of a burden they are. The Cities of Abbotsford and Maple Ridge both tried to address their homeless citizens by dropping manure when they were camped to drive them away to become someo [...]

Think small to be BIG

Ever wonder how you can make a big impact on your community? I remembering reading an HBR blog some time ago that encouraged business not to overlook the poor in their market growth strategies. The idea goes like this. The company invests into the community resulting in a higher standard of living for community members (aka more disposable [...]

Little Drummer Boy – Pentatonix

Little Drummer Boy – Pentatonix
This is an amazing version. Just for fun

Putting “Human” back into...

Young friends with arms raised in success
“Your first commitment is to the organization” the manager says to me in an interview. “Really?” I wonder to myself. “The organization? And what commitment will it make to me?” I even heard one volunteer board member say one day “volunteers are the true champion of the organization because they don’t get paid for what they do.” Ever wond [...]

Bylaws – huh?

Business meeting.
If you’re like the average person, the mere mention of the words “constitution” and “bylaws” can invoke panic and confusion. While there are a tremendous number of volunteer nonprofit directors who, from a motivation of wanting to help, become confused and frustrated when others talk of bylaws, particularly how to interpret them. So let’s [...]

Nonprofits! Don’t Ignore HR Is...

This is an article written by Alex Craigie and Ranlyn Tilley Hill for Nonprofit World about the risks of ignoring HR issues and potential lawsuits that can result. It’s written for an American audience however the concepts I think apply in Canada equally so thought i would share it. Any thoughts or questions, feel free to drop me a li [...]

Economic impact of the Canadian chari...

Economic impact of the Canadian charitable sector
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Taking the Plunge

Every year my family and I rent a cabin at Ruth Lake near 100 Mile House in BC. We have friends who own a cabin here so we come up for a week every year to relax and get away from the entrapment’s of an electronic life. My children particularly love the swimming and kayaking that is available here. My son once commented “Mom, I think ka [...]

Dan Pallotta – The way we think...

Hands of Homeless Man with Change in Cup
In this presentation, Dan Pallotta presents the barriers charities face to achieve their mission, focusing on traditional fundraising perspectives and how this needs to change in order to achieve large enough scale to tackle the social issues of our day.

Nonprofit financial sustainability...

Nonprofit financial sustainability…fact or fiction?
“Financial sustainability” may appear to be an oxymoron when it comes to non-profits yet there is tremendous pressure on the non-profit sector to become less reliant on government funding and more entrepreneurial.  In theory this sounds great especially in election years.  But how does a nonprofit become financially sustainable when so many b [...]

What others say about me

Tony has a background in working with a vulnerable population. He is working to build a cohesive team to take the society to a new level.
I have worked with Tony for many years in our working relationship in the addictions field. I find him to be very competent and knowledgeable regarding addictions issues. Tony has a good manner in working with people and helping them to have a better understanding of themselves.
Tony has a vision of what is possible and is persistent in pursuing his vision. He has been in his current position for four years and has facilitated change in the structure and presentation of the organization. In my experience, including when he was Secretary to the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters, he is generous, responsive, reliable and caring.
Tony was a member of the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters Abbotsford Mission Ridge Meadows. Tony provided guidance and input to the Executive Director as part of his role on the board. The staff had the opportunity to work directly with Tony during a number of planning sessions. With his instruction and guidance we were able to evaluate our goals, strengths and weaknesses as an agency and as co-workers. This training assisted us in setting goals for our agency and for [...]
Tony is uniquely qualified for his position. His business qualifications enable him to stay focused on the fiscal needs of the Society, while his background in Counselling make him an approachable and empathetic leader. He always responds promptly to my requests and takes time to build the relationships necessary in this line of work.
Tony is an inspirational leader who does terrific work for the Community. He has the ability to influence people towards a common goal and translate vision into reality. I admire Tony for his genuine love of people and community.
I always enjoy every and any opportunity that I have to cross paths with Tony. He is so very down to earth, a great communicator and when it comes to accomplishing a task it is all about excellence.
Tony was a student of mine in the MBA program at TWU. Tony has a very solid business accumen, as well at very good leadership skills. Tony has the ability to work through complex issues, and come up with creative and innovative solutions to the challenges at hand.
Tony was serious-minded and hard working in all of his studies but not without a sense of humour. His strong work ethic and self discipline made it a pleasure to work with him on the varied team projects that made up much of Trinity's MBA program.
Tony was employed as a Clinical Team Manager at Kinghaven Treatment Centre for over 4 years. I always found Tony to be professional in his dealings with staff and clients; perceptive in his assessment of those he supervised and willing to share his areas of expertise with our many clients.
Tony operates in a professional manner in all matters and is particularly adept in the area of non-profits, governance, organizational structures, and financials. Tony's good nature and sense of humour makes working with him enjoyable while maintaining the much-needed focus on the work at hand.
Tony is an engaged leader both as Executive Director at Mission Community Services and on the Board at Big Brothers Big Sisters Abbotsford Mission Ridge Meadows. He is consultative and collaborative. It is evident that he regards the opinions of others. Tony is an asset to organizations dedicated to social and community service delivery.
Tony was in one of my MBA classes and was a valuable contributor to the classroom environment. He was well liked by his peers and was able to significantly aid to the discussions. I would recommend Tony for work he felt comfortable contributing to. Tony would be an asset to any organization.
Tony Lapointe provides expert advice, an ability to focus on anticipated and required needs and performs the expectations of his professional position with integrity and compassion. These attributes contribute to a diverse and determined goal-directed personal strategy which emphasizes value toward human needs while addressing the appropriate allocation of resources where they will have the most benefit.
I've worked with Tony since 2007. Tony was a Director on my Board and we are colleagues as Executive Directors in the not for profit sector. I think Tony is conscientious, caring and strategic. He has a great combination of expertise - counseling and administrative leadership.
Tony works well under extreme pressure and has proven to be a dependable, detailed oriented and takes on making major decision that will benefit the company, especially when it comes to finanical decisions. I have enjoyed being on the board working with Tony and seeing his results.
Tony is a consumate professional and an excellent communicator.
Tony has a broad range of social service and community development experience. He was instrumental in finalizing the operating model for the recently opened Homeless Shelter in Mission.
Tony took on bargaining duties on behalf of CSSEA's General Services Panel after an alternate became ill and had to step away. Tony has developed a rapport with the team and particpates fully when he is able to. He continues to be an active member of the General Services Panel at CSSEA.
Tony is an excellent communicator and thought leader. He has a remarkable ability to analyze situations from various perspectives and confidently articulate an insightful and valuable opinion. While his leadership qualities and people skills enable him to effectively adapt to different situations and settings. I learned a lot from Tony as a colleague in the MBA program at Trinity Western University as well as through our various professional encounters since.

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