Fundraiser – Columbia Institute & Partners in the Horn of Africa


Under the banner, “Building Community… at Home and in the Horn,” we held our first fundraiser in partner with Parnters in the Horn of Africa on November 30, 2015 at the Ukranian Orthodox Church in Vancouver.the evening program includes a networking reception, an Ethiopian buffet dinner, a live speed painting presentation with the painting being auctioned off after dinner, and a silent auction.

The evening program included a networking reception, an Ethiopian buffet dinner, a live speed painting presentation with the painting being auctioned off after dinner, and a silent auction.

Ken Georgettti (President Emeritus of the Canadian Labour Congress – Congrès du travail du Canada) emceed the event.

All proceeds raised at the event will support the sustainable community development, education, and leadership building projects in Canada and Ethiopia.

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About Charley Beresford

Charley Beresford is the Executive Director of the Columbia Institute. As Executive Director, Charley observed the climate change discussions in Copenhagen and regularly contributes research and analysis on emerging sustainability issues. Prior to joining the Institute, Charley worked with public and private sector organizations focused on community development, serving four years as a Director in the BC Ministry of Finance overseeing appointments to provincial agencies, boards and commissions. As a School Board Trustee from 1996 through 2008, Charley successfully campaigned to save provincially-funded Inner City School Funds and led the development of a ground breaking anti-homophobia action plan and anti-discrimination policy.