Strategic nonprofit executive supporting leadership across the sector

Making a difference every day by building relationships and connecting people to mission.

About Me


Making a difference

My parents instilled in me a strong sense of community. They made sure that I knew the value of being a member of a caring community and they encouraged me to actively contribute to community life. Long ago I made a commitment to making a difference in my community and that commitment has guided me throughout my life. 

I am keen to bring my skills, experience, and passion to my next leadership role but I also want to help you and your nonprofit excel. I have considerable experience in strategic planning, facilitation, and management. If your organization anticipates strategic planning, a need for interim leadership, or someone to come in and facilitate a workshop or investigate a workplace harassment incident, I'd love the opportunity to pitch my services to you. Please contact me to discuss how I can help strengthen your organization and build your leadership.

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I've identified as an human rights activist since my teens and I've always been motivated to get involved when I could see the need for change. As a child I accompanied my mother when she campaigned for candidates at all levels of government and I carried on in that vein campaigning on behalf of candidates I supported and on my own campaign (Federal Election 1997). 

In my teens I got involved in human rights activism and worked on issues that still inspire me to action; women, queer community, labour.

I voluntarily contribute my time, talents and passion to organizations making a difference locally and around the world. Some of these include; Amnesty International, Canadian Red Cross, Zee Zee Theatre, Canadian Blood Services, Vantage Point. and the Salt Spring Forum  


A career that unites my passion for community and human rights

I am proud of the roles I have played in significant mission- driven organizations in the non-profit sector. I was most recently the Executive Director of PHS Community Services Society , an innovative non-profit housing, health care, harm reduction, and community development agency providing vital services to the most vulnerable in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and beyond. 

Previous to PHS I led Options for Sexual Health (Opt), the largest sexual and reproductive health care provider in Canada, and QMUNITY – BC’s Queer Resource Centre. 

Before I moved into non-profit management I travelled other career paths including academia, labour and ten years as a paramedic in Ontario. 

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Jennifer Breakspear

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada