As Executive Director of Vantage Point in Vancouver, Alison Brewin is responsible for executing the mission and vision to transform non-profits in BC through governance and leadership training and support. Alison graduated with a Law Degree from the University of Victoria in 1991 and was called to the Bar in 1992. Throughout the 1990s, she worked in not-for-profit management, as political assistant to Margaret Mitchell, MP, and was an owner-operator of a toy store in East Vancouver.
In 1999, Alison joined West Coast LEAF as their Interim Executive Director. As Legal Director and then Executive Director from 2001 to 2011, she led the organization’s work to advance women’s equality in BC. Alison began working as a non-profit management consultant in 2010, eventually leaving West Coast LEAF for a full-time consulting practice.
Through her business Alison Brewin Consulting, she supported a broad range of organizations to be the best they can be. Her clients included Vancity, BC Housing, BC Civil Liberties Association, and many more. Alison designed and teaches “Canadian Approaches to Non-Profit Management” in SFU’s Non-Profit Management Certificate Program.
Those who work for our sector commit to their communities, their art, their environment. While the organizations that employ them seek financial sustainability, the pressure to keep ‘administrative’ costs low is profound. Often this effort means limiting benefits others take for granted; investment in retirement plans is one area employers in the sector struggle to realize for their teams. The Common Good Retirement Initiative gives us an opportunity to offer sector employees yet another reason to stay in the sector, doing good work for good reasons. It is an important initiative that will benefit communities across the country. It is a pleasure to support it in anyway I can.