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Social Purpose Real Estate Collaborative

c/o Vancity Community Foundation
#409, 312 Main Street, Vancouver, BC, V6A 2T2

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Jacqueline Gijssen, Project Director

Jacqueline (Jacquie) Gijssen is the Project Director and a founding member of the Social Purpose Real Estate Collaborative. Established in 2009, this collective of funders and investors seeks to mitigate the impacts of the real estate market on non profits and social enterprise and to help them with their real estate needs. Prior to joining SPRE, Jacquie served for 10 years as the City of Vancouver’s Senior Planner for Cultural Spaces/ Infrastructure and previous to that enjoyed a 25-year career in arts, culture and the non-profit sector serving in multiple leadership roles.

Jacquie works with and advises non-profits, social entrepreneurs, architects, developers, planners, members of the real estate community, government and funders on the challenges and opportunities for creating and preserving space for community. The recipient of several awards for her work individually and as part of collaborative teams, Jacquie has served on numerous boards and committees for culture, housing, neighbourhood planning and environment, and is an avid outdoor enthusiast.


Lesley Anderson, Project Facilitator

As a values centred professional Lesley has dedicated over thirty years to building capacity and impact in non-profit organizations that work to increase social inclusion, diversity, and environmental sustainability.  Among others she has held leadership positions at Tides Canada Foundation, Bloom Community Services Society, Family Services of Greater Vancouver and developed programs with Vancity Community Foundation, YWCA Vancouver and MOSAIC.

Her strengths lie in philanthropy, fundraising, communications, program development, team building and project management. Enjoying a range of interests and commitments, Lesley belongs to the Association of Fundraising Professionals, volunteers on Canadian Women’s Foundation Violence Prevention Grants Committee, Champlain Heights Community Association Board of Directors and leads Nordic ski adventures for Vancouver Skiers.