Garrison Duke brings more than 16 years’ experience working in the non-profit sector, leading community projects that assist unemployed individuals, immigrants, youth, families and Indigenous peoples. His senior executive responsibilities include project management, strategic planning, and overseeing federal and provincial contracts ranging from $500,000–$7 million annually. Other key responsibilities have encompassed collaborating with community stakeholders, financial budgeting, risk management and human resources. Most recently as Director of Employment for Abbotsford Community Services Garrison managed the AbbotsfordWORKS WorkBC Employment Resource Centre.
Garrison has advocated for clients and services through media appearances, such as on Breakfast TV Vancouver, CKNW 980, Asian Pulse TV, Global News and CBC radio. Garrison’s community board and governance experience include tenures on Opportunity for All Youth, British Columbia Multicultural Advisory Council and BC PLAN. In 2017, he also participated in the 2017 BC provincial election as a candidate.
As Director, Employment & Language Programs at DIVERSEcity, Garrison is dedicated to developing impactful community programs, fostering team growth and creating an environment of shared learning.