Stephanie Shack


Areas of Focus: Advancement and Fundraising
Pronouns: she/her


Stephanie Shack joined SFU in March 2023 as the Senior Associate Director of Advancement for Lifelong Learning and the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue.

Stephanie is a collaborative, and passionate fund development professional, skilled at connecting philanthropic individuals, companies and foundations with programs and projects that make a difference. Stephanie has been privileged to spend her career raising funds for non-profit organizations in the education, arts and community service sector since 2008.

Stephanie feels strongly about giving back to her community. She is a long-time cat foster volunteer with VOKRA and has previously served on the Board for the Richmond Art Gallery, been a member of Vancouver Foundation’s Richmond Neighbourhood Small Grants Committee, the Richmond Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards Committee, and the AFP Membership Committee. Stephanie also enjoys performing improv, painting, singing, and writing.

Stephanie has attended Kwantlen, UBC and BCIT as a student and is excited to continue her studies at SFU in the near future.

What is your role at the Centre for Dialogue?

My role at the Centre for dialogue is to support the wide variety of impactful programs that we have. I do that by finding philanthropic support to expand and to bring our programs from existing to thriving. I am grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with philanthropic support to bring these visionary ideas to life and support their longevity.

What does dialogue mean to you?

I see so much value in dialogue, because it can remove silos, break down barriers, provide collaborative opportunities, and encourage mutual understanding for larger societal change, policy change and personal change. Dialogue has so much power to break down limitations, bigotry, and preconceived notions all the while bringing people together for bigger change from such a wide variety of discourse.

What is a common assumption you'd like to demystify?

That dialogue is all talk no action, when in reality it is a catalyst for creating change.

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Highlights and Achievements

  • I am grateful to be part of such a robust team that is doing such amazing work.
  • Hopeful and excited to see where I can support the programs to grow and thrive.