Annual Giving Manager
Headshot of Dena Ellery

Dena stewards Wilderness Committee’s amazing donors. She ensures that our donors are well-informed about everything we’re doing because of their dedication and support. Dena works on the unceded Coast Salish Territories. Dena’s love for nature comes from a deep sense of our connectivity to the Earth. Her work before the Wilderness Committee included public education and fundraising in mental health and activist-oriented HIV/AIDS fields. Dena can't decide if she's a salmon or a mermaid.  Born on one coast of Canada (Nanaimo) and educated on the other (Halifax) – like a good salmon does – Dena returned home to the Salish Sea. She's been swimming in every river, lake and ocean she can ever since. Dena feels her lifelong work with nonprofits is a calling, and she particularly enjoys that working at the Wilderness Committee keeps her in touch with the passionate donors and supporters who power this movement.