One of the key motivators for Esther is to build sustainability and long term support for organizations she cares about. Using this similar view, Esther works with individuals to guide them through their own philanthropic journey. At the end of the day, working towards a common goal of a better, kinder world is a legacy that we can all be proud of.

Most recent campaigns (last 5 years) where Esther was the sole lead and strategic counsel for:

  • $25M capital + $10M endowment – Arts Umbrella
  • $25M capital – Corpus Christi Parish School
  • Set the strategy and unrolled the campaigns.
  • Worked with and advised, senior leadership, philanthropists and volunteers.

Past campaigns:

  • A part of UBC’s $3B campaign
    • Was the Faculty of Science’s lead in funding the $7M+ renovation of a world class fin fish aquatic research facility.
    • Instrumental in facilitating the largest gift (at that time) from Dolby Corp to higher education.
    • In collaboration with the Communications Director, was instrumental in the redesigning of the research journal to align with the funding priorities and reach a broader donor and alumni audience.
  • Managed and worked with senior volunteer fundraisers to build sector support for BC Children’s Hospital Foundation
    • Leveraged an untapped opportunity for banking institutions to include philanthropy as an online opportunity for customers.

Fundraising Strategic Work plans:

  • Review of current revenue streams and operations as it relates to the fund development department of an organization and provide recommendations.
    • Analysis of donor data – uncover gaps and opportunities
    • Review of staffing
    • Analysis of funding streams – uncover gaps and opportunities
    • Review protocol and governance.

Individual Philanthropy:

  • Working with individuals to guide, research and build legacy plans and strategic giving
  • Provide expertise to determine best fit for long term giving

Philanthropic Naming Assessment:

  • Review of an organization’s site to value naming recognition
    • $25M – BC Women’s Hospital Foundation

Mentoring and Strategic Counsel:

  • Work with Executive Directors and Senior Leadership to provide mentorship to build success into their fundraising roles.

Most recent clients:

  • InspireHealth
  • North Shore Women’s Centre
  • The Bateman Foundation
  • Anxiety Canada
  • Arts Umbrella

Created strategy and establish legacy portfolios for:

  • Roman Catholic Diocese of Vancouver
  • Anglican Diocese of BC
  • Arts Umbrella
  • Sam Sullivan Disability Foundation

Facilitated Strategic Planning workshops – most recent clients:

  • Laurier Institution
  • Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre
  • Canadian Liver Cancer Foundation

Lead “Fundraising 101” Board training:

  • Arts Umbrella
  • Canadian Parents for French
  • Laurier Institution
  • Vantage Point


  • “5 Easy Ways to Leaving a Legacy” Nov 2013, Leave A Legacy, Vancouver Sun
  • Blog post and profiled as an expert fundraising though leader through BC Ideas, 2013


  • Legacy Giving – Where to start? – Fundraising Conference, Dublin Ireland, 2018
  • Introducing the Concept of Legacy Giving into your Parish, Catholic Stewardship Conference, Vancouver, BC 2017


  • CFRE – Certified Fundraising Executive, 2012
  • UBC – BComm, Sauder School of Business
  • UBC – Certificate in International Development
  • UK – Social Return on Investment, (SROI), Impact Reporting Workshop, London UK, 2013
  • Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP), Original Banff Gift Planning Course, 2008

Community Engagement:


  • Volunteer Advisor – InspireHealth, Vancouver, BC – 2020
  • Volunteer Advisor – Project K(IN)D, Ottawa, ON – 2020
  • Volunteer Knowledge Philanthropist, Vantage Point, Vancouver, BC – 2020
  • Philanthropy Day, Awards Selection Committee Member, AFP Vancouver Chapter – on hold


  • Executive Committee Member, Program Chair – CAGP, Vancouver Chapter
  • Co-chair AFP Fundamentals Committee, AFP Vancouver Chapter
  • Board Member at Large, Open Door Group, Vancouver BC

What’s important in my life:

  • Family – Katherine & Chris XOXO
  • Lifelong friendships,
  • Kindness
  • Constant need to learn and be curious
  • Travel and new experiences
  • Love of jewellery