Darius Maze is the Executive Director of the Vancouver Japanese Language School & Japanese Hall and a certified non-profit professional. He has served in development and communications roles for social service organizations in Vancouver and its Downtown Eastside for over six years. Acting in leadership roles he has proven adept at growing programs and innovating practices and policies to support them.
He is a passionate advocate for Diversity & Inclusion and has supported organizations across Canada to embed these values in their work and culture. Darius is also chair of the Association of Fundraising Professional’s (AFP) Fellowship in Inclusion and Philanthropy, a contributor to the development of AFP’s IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access) initiative, and a lead on a project to embed IDEA within the culture of the AFP Greater Vancouver Chapter. He has also achieved Certificates from UBC and Centennial College in Intercultural Studies and Leadership & Inclusion and is currently pursuing his Certified Canadian Inclusion Professional certification.
An active member of his community, Darius has served on the boards of the Vancouver Pride Society, the Association of Neighbourhood Houses of BC, the Friends of the Vancouver Public Library, the Surrey Library Board, the Vancouver Pride Society, AFP Canada Foundation, Community Living Society, the Sierra Club of BC, and the BC Council for International Cooperation. He also serves as an advisor to the Vancouver Foundation’s LEVEL program, Imagine Canada, the City of Vancouver’s Civic Asset Naming Committee, and the Canada Volunteer Awards