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Uniting forces: Non-Profit North conference fosters growth and collaboration in Northern British Columbia

The conference and professional development event will take place on May 9 at the Courtyard Marriott in Prince George
Non-Profit North aims to empower attendees to overcome challenges, foster collaboration and create lasting impact in their organizations and communities.

In the vast landscapes of Northern British Columbia, the challenges facing non-profit organizations and community social services workers are unique and often overlooked.  

Recognizing the need for a dedicated platform to address these obstacles, Vantage Point and The Federation of Community Social Services of BC are proud to present Non-Profit North, a groundbreaking conference and professional development opportunity tailored specifically for North workers taking place on May 9 at the Courtyard Marriott in Prince George. 

Designed to spark conversations, foster connections and inspire action within the Northern non-profit and community social service sector, the heart of the event lies in education, support and empowerment.

Connect with Northern Leaders 

One of the primary objectives of the conference is to facilitate connections between professionals who understand the intricacies of non-profit work in the North, allowing participants to engage with leaders and colleagues from their communities while building a support network that extends beyond the event.

Learn from industry experts 

With sessions led by thought leaders, experts and distinguished researchers, Non-Profit North promises to be a hub of knowledge and innovation. Attendees will gain insights from seasoned professionals who can offer valuable perspectives on overcoming the unique challenges of working in Northern communities. 

Find inspiration for change 

Besides practical insights, the event also seeks to inspire and motivate attendees to drive positive change within their organizations and communities. Through engaging presentations and discussions, participants will be encouraged to explore new ideas, find innovative solutions and reignite their passion for mission-driven work.

Knowledge to nurture and innovate non-profits in Northern B.C.

The conference agenda features an array of captivating sessions and speakers, each carefully selected to address the specific needs and interests of Northern community social services professionals. 

Notable presentations include:

Dustin Louie 

A respected First Nations scholar, Louie brings invaluable insights into Indigenous perspectives and community engagement. Holding a PhD in Educational Leadership, a Bachelor’s degree in Canadian history and a Master’s degree in International Relations, Louie serves as an associate professor in the Department of Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia and the Director of the NITEP Indigenous Teacher Education program, 

Utilizing this impressive and extensive background, his session promises to deepen attendees’ understanding of cultural sensitivity and effective collaboration in Northern contexts. 

State of the sector survey discussion led by Zahra Esmail and Prairie Chiu 

An engaging and deeply important presentation by the chief executive officer (Esmail) and director of engagement and advocacy (Chiu) at Vantage Point, this session offers a comprehensive overview of the challenges and opportunities facing the non-profit sector in Northern B.C. 

Attendees will gain valuable insights from the latest research and trends, empowering them to make informed decisions in their work. 

Engaging with Ministry of Children and Family Development led by Kim Lyster 

An interactive session providing a unique opportunity for attendees to hear from colleagues and voice their concerns, Lyster guides participants through open dialogue and active listening, contributing to shaping policies that directly impact their work and communities. 

Workplace mental health and education with Suncha Baptiste

Baptiste’s session addresses a critical aspect of non-profit work – supporting employees’ mental health and well-being. Through practical strategies and insights, attendees will learn how to create a supportive workplace culture that prioritizes mental wellness. 


At its core, Non-Profit North aims to empower attendees to overcome challenges, foster collaboration and create lasting impact in their organizations and communities by bringing together passionate professionals, thought leaders and advocates. 

To join in and be part of the movement towards a brighter future for the North, register for the event today at