B.C.’s queer resource centre Qmunity announced on March 16 that executive director Dara Parker will be leaving the non-profit organization.
Parker became Qmunity’s executive director in May 2012, taking over from Jennifer Breakspear. Parker’s last day will be March 30.
Parker has accepted a position as executive director of Social Venture Partners Vancouver. SVP helps children, youth, and environmental non-profit organizations with funding, volunteers, technology, board governance, marketing, expertise, and more by connecting them with philanthropists.
She is also currently a candidate for a position on the Vancity board of directors.
Over her four years at the organization, Parker boosted private and public funding by 61 percent, increased staff, and augmented client outreach. Also during her time, Qmunity received the inaugural City of Vancouver Award of Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion in 2014. She also helped secured a $10-million partnership with the City of Vancouver for a new community centre, and conducted a community consultation, reached over 750 people.