Community Stakeholders

"We have worked with Tennant Derksen Creative Strategies for almost two years on three different projects. Their work on strategic development for organizations creates opportunities for sustainable growth, and seamless integration of our evaluation team to tell the story of these projects. Donna brings passion, commitment, practicality and vision to this work, and plays an integral role in creating effective and meaningful programming."
Kim van der Woerd, Founder/Sole Proprietor, Reciprocal Consulting

"My name is Marie Prevost and I've been working at AbbVie (prior Abbott) for 13 years as a community relations Manager. My role is to visit AIDS Service Organizations across Canada, determine with them the educational needs of the persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) and those of the staff. I met Donna in this context more than 10 years ago. Over the years, Donna has established an excellent partnership with our company and this, for the benefit of the not-for profit organizations she represents. She has the ability to actively listen to the financial partners (and, I'm sure, to the organizations) and so to understand their needs, issues and opinions. Her written report and proposals always reflect a huge consideration of both partners which lead to a strong collaboration. Few words to describe Donna: very human, highly effective and active, a fantastic partner to work with!"
- Marie Prevost, Community Relations Manager, Abbvie

Our Clients


I have been working with Donna and Bill through Tennant Derksen Creative Strategies Inc for over a year now and cannot say enough good things about this powerhouse team. As the Executive Director of a small, rural non-profit I know too well how hard it can be to compete with larger organizations for limited dollars. Donna has taken the time to get to know me, my organization, and our unique needs and has gone above and beyond to introduce us to new funding opportunities that we otherwise would have missed out on. The proposals that she puts together always capture perfectly the message that I am trying to convey to potential funders.  Bill’s skill at editing and finessing our documents and finding the uniqueness in our organization has been amazing since day one. The collaborative approach that Donna and Bill take in assisting organizations like LPRC is unique and invaluable; I highly recommend them to any organization looking to expand or develop programming.                  

Clare MacDonald, Executive Director, Living Positive Resource Centre


 "In one year, our organization was able to recover from a large deficit largely due to Tennant Derksen Creative Strategies. Donna's ability to seek out promising funding opportunities and successfully gain capital thorough her professional grant writing ability is a huge asset for our organization. Furthermore, her capacity to clearly convey the financial implications of program development made her an excellent choice to facilitate our organization's strategic planning session. Donna has made a world of difference for YouthCO and has led our small organization on a sustainable path."                                                                                                      

Jesse Brown, Executive Director, YouthCO HIV & Hep C Society

The Native Courtworker and Counselling Association of British Columbia is a provincial not-for-profit organization that has provided programs for the past 40 years to support aboriginal people in the health-justice field.  We were extremely fortunate to have met Donna Tennant and Bill Derksen at TD Creative Strategies 4 years ago.  Donna has undertaken a variety of initiatives to support our organization, including community-based research, strategic planning implementation, proposal writing, funder fulfilment and project and funding development.  Her strength is in strategizing on funding opportunities, engaging funders on their requirements and following through to ensure the deliverables meet the needs of the community, the funders and our Association.  It is important for any organization to achieve their funding requirements, but more importantly to ensure that from the start to the finish, an effective evaluation of the program is implemented.  Donna’s expertise guarantees success.  We now have new programming and a new strategic direction thanks to the services of TD Creative Strategies.                                                                                              

-Darlene Shackelly, Executive Director, The Native Courtworker and Counselling Association of British Columbia

 "I appreciate Tennant Derksen Creative Strategies Inc's focus on results and the fact that they have always met and exceeded my expectations in our work together. As well, their ongoing communications and updates, their gentle guidance in helping us to achieve our goal. We have worked together in many successful fundraising activities that have helped us strengthen our mission. I highly recommend Tennant-Derksen Creative Strategies Inc. to any organization with an interest in incorporating fund development into the strategic plans of the organization."          - Kim Louie, Executive Director, Red Road HIV/AIDS Network

"Donna Tennant from Tennant Derksen Creative Strategies came into the Mission Hospice Society to help the Board of Directors see a vision for the Society. She facilitated an interactive strategic plan that made all the members of the Board engaged. It was great to see such awesome result in a short time frame. From this the Mission Hospice Society has a 3 year strategic plan and goals to work towards. Thank you Donna and your team!"
- Angel Elias, Executive Director, Mission Hospice Society

"The Mission Arts Council was very pleased to receive assistance from Donna Tennant during a critical Board Development session. Being prepared and professional, Donna engaged the Directors to participate in interesting ways, allowing for various perspectives and opinions. Offering guidance and direction during the session, she also provided a detailed summary of the event for future planning purposes."
- Ania Kyte, President, Mission Arts Council

"It is a true pleasure to recommend Tennant Derksen Creative Strategies. Both Donna Tennant and Bill Derksen have fantastic follow through. They are very professional, highly conscientious and fully committed to the projects they take on, many of which revolve around issues of social justice. The Pacific AIDS Network has worked with this team since September 2008, and since that time PAN has enjoyed considerable growth and diversification of our fundraised dollars. Their process is definitely as strong as outcomes – both Donna and Bill work with sensitivity and acumen to realize an end result that is meaningful for their clients. Both are collaborative and know how to both contribute to teams as well as demonstrate leadership within teams. Strategic thinkers, they bring "big picture" analysis to every project they take on."
- Evin Jones, Executive Director, Pacific AIDS Network