Adriana has worked and volunteered in the nonprofit sector, both in Europe and in Canada for more than 20 years. Adriana brings a distinctive perspective to her work, combining her passion for building a strong community with a broad and diverse and unique background in fund development, event planning, community initiatives and strategic planning.
For ViTreo, Adriana has most recently worked with clients on a variety of projects, most of which have involved team leadership, general fundraising, special event and 3rd party event planning, sponsorship, fund development assessments and fund development planning, prospect research, feasibility studies. She is currently acting as the Interim Director of Development for Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre, and works with the Calgary Chamber to conduct a Charitable Foundation Evaluation Study.
Prior to her work with ViTreo, Adriana served as the Director of Resource Development and Membership with the Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (CCVO) where she led the development and implementation of CCVO’s signature event, the Connections Conference. Under her leadership, the conference grew to be one of the most successful events ever organized by CCVO, exceeding all goals and targets. Now in its 7th year, the Connections Conference is an established annual event in Calgary. In 2017, Adriana was invited back to plan and organize the Connections Conference as a ViTreo Associate.
Growing up in communist Romania, Adriana dreamed of coming to Canada and to work for Red Cross or UNICEF, organizations that had made a huge impact on her country and her personal development. Over the last two decades, she has achieved those dreams: first, by working with the Canadian Red Cross as a new immigrant in Canada and then, by spending four years as Community Partnerships Manager at UNICEF.
A passion for social justice, human rights, integration and respect, and building a strong community where everyone feels welcome has led Adriana to fight in the revolution against the communist regime in Romania, and afterwards to become one of the first fundraisers and founders of the nonprofit sector in that country.
An active member and volunteer with the AFP Calgary and Area Chapter, Adriana has co-chaired the chapter’s Banff Compass Conference twice (2015 and 2017) and has served on the Board of Directors for two terms, from 2014 to 2017. Currently, Adriana is serving her third term on the AFP board, as the Treasurer. Her community work has also included roles with Decidedly Jazz, Wellspring Calgary, the Romanian-Canadian Association of Calgary and the Calgary Jazz Festival.
Adriana loves to read and to travel all over the world, and she has a carry-on bag always packed with travel essentials, ready to go at a moment’s notice!