About Us

Contact Info

Snail Mail - 1461 Mount Gardner Road, Bowen Island BC, V0N 1G2

Email - www.yvonne@synergycollective.ca or ymuzak@telus.net

Phone - 604 726 5277

Overview

Synergy Collective Society is a community-based organization that blends art with social enterprise. Synergy builds integrated partnerships with local Vancouver charities to support direct service and sustainable community programming. This is achieved by teaching collaborative partnership skills and by putting these skills to practice through monthly and annual events that showcase prominent West Coast artisans. Synergy integrates music, dance, film, spoken word, art, food, and comradeship to celebrate the spirit of culture while strengthening the fabric of community.

Mission Statement 

Synergy Collective Society develops partnerships to support local charities by creating a synergy within the community to blend arts and commerce with social responsibility.

Strategic Outcomes

  • Solidify stewardship of charity mentorship program
  • Increase Volunteer and Youth recruitment, retention and engagement
  • Create learning opportunities to strengthen capacity building skills
  • Increase social enterprise through community engagement
  • Build authentic communities of practice

Statement of Community Priorities

A key element to building sustainability is through creating reciprocal relationships. To this end, participants, volunteers, sponsors and donors are requested to work in cooperation with a sense of openness to developing relationships of trust, understanding and reciprocity. Our values our: 

  • Inclusion
  • Integrity
  • Altruism
  • Resilience 
  • Celebration

Who We Are

Synergy is a volunteer base organization that integrates music, dance, film, spoken word, art, food, and comradeship to celebrate the spirit of culture and the value of community connection. Lower Mainland charities work in partnership to build/increase or sustain direct service/resources and/or community programming.  Efforts focus on constructing sustainable relationships based on cooperation and capacity building through experiential learning and practical skill development.  

Purposes

To create partnerships with federally registered social service non-profit organizations in order to promote collaborative partnership skills building and raise funding to support community based programming

To advance the public’s appreciation of the arts by producing and presenting singer/songwriter performance events, and by providing a forum for Canadian artists to perform their artistic works through participation in such events

To advance and provide volunteer skill building and mentorship training programs for youth 14 to 24 years of age to build and/or increase community leadership skills in the Greater Vancouver area

To advance education by conducting an annual professional development retreat specific to non-profit charitable organizations and their representatives in the Greater Vancouver area with a focus on building skills related to community collaboration, sustainable networking, strategic planning, leadership and volunteer skill development 

How We Meet Our Purposes

  • Increase visibility of local Vancouver artisans.
  • Provide 7 to 12 annual events that promote social enterprise and community development.
  • Provide skill-building training opportunities for charities to facilitate the development of collaborative partnerships skills.
  • Provide skill-building training opportunities for youth, driven by youth to build inter/intra leadership and stewardship skills.
  • Facilitate the development of sustainable relationships between local charities and their communities.
  • Enhance awareness and exposure for local charities.

 2016 / 2017 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

President

Anastasia Humenuk
Training and Organizational Development Leader

Vice President 
Marc Smith
Principal, Amuse Consulting

Treasurer 
Yvonne McSkimming
Prinicipal, McSkimming Consulting

Secretary
Suzanne Jean
President, Kaizen Holdings

Director-At-Large 
Mark James Fortin

Director-At-Large 
Paul Robson
Financial Advisor, CIBC

If you are interested in joining the Synergy Board of Directors, please contact Yvonne McSkimming at (604) 726-5277 or by Email at yvonne@synergycollective.ca

Society Highlights

Since its inception in 1997, Synergy has:

  • Showcased 600 artists.
  • Entertained over 40,000 people.
  • Raised $1.8 Million for 57 local charities.
  • Supported over 153,000 North Shore, West Vancouver and Lower Mainland residents through direct funding for 39 community based programs.

Synergy maintains a consistent patron base of approximately 2,200 attendees a year, with approximately 1,500 of these being new.

Sponsors/Donors

Donations