Falling into Fundraising Panel Discussion

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, & Access (IDEA): Diversity and Inclusion (IDEA)

Join Danisha Bhaloo-Shivji, Shelina Gwaduri, Nafisa Bowen, Rebecca Guyette and Allison Plattsmier as they discuss their careers in fundraising, how to increase the number of BIPOC women in the profession and more. 


Shelina DilgirShelina Dilgir is committed to strengthening the nonprofit sector through education and training. She has dedicated her career to the sector for more than 15 years as a Program Manager, Director and Consultant. In these roles she expanded programming, strengthened infrastructure and governance, and grew fundraising revenue. Shelina has worked with organizations of all sizes—from grassroots with no paid staff to national and international offices with upward of $10 million in annual revenue.  Shelina currently works for the Dr. Peter Centre as Director of Development.

Shelina holds a Certified Fundraising Executive Designation (CFRE), is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professions (AFP) and completed an introductory course on the Fundamentals of Gift Planning sponsored by the Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP).

In her spare time Shelina enjoys baking, reading historical novels and volunteering with local organizations.


Danisha Bhaloo-ShivjiDanisha is a Certified Fund Raising Executive and works as the Fund Development Manager with Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton. 

In a volunteer capacity, Danisha is Co-Chair for Women United with United Way of Alberta Capital Region and National Board Member for United Way Centraide Canada, past-Chair and Committee Member of the Social Wellbeing Advisory Committee for the City of Calgary, and sits as a Fundraising Cabinet Member for MacEwan University's Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity. 

Some of her past activities include being a Senator for the University of Alberta, a Candidate for the Ward 12 Edmonton City Council By-Election in 2016, Local Chairperson and National Member of the Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board of Canada, Vice-Chair of the Edmonton John Howard Society and Board Member of Calgary John Howard Society, Committee Member and Board Member for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, World Partnership Walk Deputy Convenor of Marketing, and a Board Member for the Edmonton Opera. 

Danisha has been recognized for her contributions to the community by the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal, Future of Good as one of their 21 Young Impact Leaders, the Government of Alberta Stars of Alberta Award, University of Alberta Alumni Award, Avenue Magazine Edmonton’s Top 40 under 40, Edmontonians' Magazine’s Sizzling 20 under 30, and Correctional Services of Canada.

Danisha currently resides in Calgary, Alberta with her husband, 3 year old daughter, and newborn baby boy.


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