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PROVEN LEADERSHIP


People. Strategy. Impact.

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PROVEN LEADERSHIP


People. Strategy. Impact.

I believe in leveraging the power of people to effect positive change in our communities. 

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About DARA


People. Strategy. Impact.

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About DARA


People. Strategy. Impact.

Dara is the Executive Director of Social Venture Partners Vancouver. Established in 2001, SVP is part of an international network of engaged philanthropists who invest time, money and professional expertise in local non-profits. SVP's mission is to strengthen the organizational capacity and scale the impact of innovative non-profits to create positive social change in our community. 

Previously she served as the Executive Director of QMUNITY, where she had oversight of finance, resource development, human resources, communications, and strategic planning across British Columbia..

Dara is a community planner with a background in diversity and inclusion, and has more than 15 years’ experience working in social-profits and local government. Dara began her career working in international development and has travelled to over 50 countries, spanning five continents. Her CIDA-funded youth engagement work in Lesotho (Southern Africa) inspired her to return to pursue a Masters in Planning at the University of British Columbia with a focus on how to build inclusive cities.

Dara is a skilled public speaker who is regularly asked to comment on current issues.

She has been featured on Global BC, CTV, CBC, CKNW, The Globe and Mail, The National Post, The Vancouver Sun, The Georgia Straight, and The Vancouver Courier.

Dara’s notable achievements include: working for the United Nations Association in Canada, Kids Help Phone, the City of Burnaby, and Cuso International.

For three years Dara consulted with UN-Habitat, the United Nations agency focused on global human settlements. Dara supported the inaugural Youth Advisory Board where she helped mainstream youth participation throughout the organization.

Dara volunteered as Co-President of the United Nations Association in Canada Vancouver Board from 2008-2015, promoting public engagement on global issues.

Dara lives in the West End with her partner. She plays recreational volleyball and loves to walk the seawall.

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Endorsements


I am humbled by the support I have received from many community members, leaders, and influencers.

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Endorsements


I am humbled by the support I have received from many community members, leaders, and influencers.

Dara Parker is a visionary leader with an impressive track record of bringing Vancouver’s diverse communities together. I am consistently impressed by her unwavering commitment to building a sustainable economy, growing social justice movements, and connecting social profit organizations with businesses and community. Dara is an ideal fit for the Vancity Board of Directors; I hope you will join me in voting for her.
— Joel Solomon, Renewal Funds, Partner
Dara has the governance experience, integrity, and commitment to community that will make her an exceptional Vancity director. She has demonstrated strong leadership qualities during her four years as Executive Director of QMUNITY and will make a great contribution to Vancity’s values, vision, and community impact.
— Katrina Pacey, Executive Director of Pivot Legal Society
Dara Parker is without a doubt a passionate, responsible and ethical community leader. She has a well-rounded mix of skills and experiences that make her an excellent candidate for Vancity’s Board of Directors. As a member of Vancity Credit Union, I recommend her without reservation.
— Paul Taylor, Executive Director of Gordon Neighbourhood House
One word to describe Dara? Integrity. She has the heart of her community in mind in all that she does and I appreciate her commitment to good governance, community development and strategic planning. Dara is the candidate we can all be proud to endorse.
— Jessica Wood, Gitxan Tsimshian Artist
Dara Parker is a savvy, creative and dedicated community leader. Her strategic mind, straightforward approach and deep governance experience position her her to make a unique contribution to Vancity’s board of directors.
— Lynda Gerty, Public Engagement Manager David Suzuki Foundation, President of the Board of ArtStarts in Schools, Certified Executive Coach
Dara is a well-respected community leader. She is passionate about social justice, diversity and equality. It’s been a pleasure to work with her as the Executive Director of QMUNITY and I know she would be a great asset to the Vancity Board of Directors.
— Adam Palmer, Chief Constable, Vancouver Police Department
Dara Parker is the kind of leader our community always seeks out: intelligent, focused, passionate and considerate. As a longstanding Vancity member for both my own finances and my business’s it excites me to know that Dara’s level of expertise, forward-thinking and open-dialogue leadership is quite possibly in our board’s near future.
— Dave Deveau, Award Winning Playwright for Zee Zee Theatre, Alter-ego Peach Cobblah (Drag Queen extraordinaire!)
Dara Parker is a community leader who has shown incredible vision and competence to building strong organizations that make a demonstrable difference in the lives of often-marginalized people. She has done so in the context of difficult economic times and despite sometimes fractious communities. She currently works at Qmunity and has demonstrated an impressive ability in that organization to be welcoming across difference. Her voice will make a welcome addition to the Vancity Board of Directors - I am proud to support her candidacy!
— barbara findlay, QC, LGBTQ Lawyer
We need Dara’s leadership. A visionary and pragmatic thinker, Dara brings diversity, social justice and equity values with her. She will inspire further social innovation at Vancity through her fresh insights and unique perspective.
— Coro Strandberg, Past Vancity Chair and transformational and social purpose business expert