Bio (Deborah Irvine)
Vice-President, Grants & Community Initiatives, Vancouver Foundation
Deborah’s communications career spans the private, public, and non-profit sectors. She has worked as a journalist, crisis communicator, strategist & policy advisor, speechwriter, marketer, fundraiser, and consultant. Currently, Deborah is a vice-president with Vancouver Foundation. Responsible for more than $25 million in annual granting to advance social change, Deborah also leads policy initiatives focused on youth aging out of foster care and refugee and immigrant youth. Prior to this, she was Chief Operating Officer for United Way of the Lower Mainland. There she led community granting, marketing & communications, the 2011/12 annual campaign, and government relations for a BC-wide seniors’ initiative – raising $45 million in a single year.
A former vice-president of University Relations at Royal Roads, Deborah has a long involvement with RRU. In the early years, she worked to establish its brand and reputation as director of marketing and communications. She has been both a student and an associate faculty member. Most recently, she acted as a special advisor to the president. Deborah has an MA in Conflict Analysis & Management and an undergraduate degree in journalism.