Growing up, my parents were deeply involved in our community in suburban Ottawa. There is an annual basketball tournament named after my late dad, and my mum still serves on her local hospital committee. I’m grateful that they helped instill the value of service and volunteerism in me.
As a young person, I’d taken part in countless a-thons and volunteered for local organizations, but it wasn’t until I was working as a summer student at an Artist-Run Centre in New Brunswick that I discovered fundraising was An. Actual. Job! That I could get paid to do! The idea that I could work every day to try to make the world a better place took hold of my heart and soul and guts, and hasn’t let go yet.
My eclectic degree—Biology, Psychology, English, Drama—set me up perfectly to be a fundraiser. While one side of my brain delights in telling emotional, inspiring stories, the analytical side can’t wait to dive into the results and see what the data tells us!
I was also part of the first graduating class of Humber’s Fundraising Management program. Twenty years later, I’ve worked in almost every aspect of fundraising: major gifts, prospect research, legacy giving, data management, donor stewardship, events, and annual giving.
After a decade as a fundraising consultant, I happily describe myself as a Direct Mail Nerd! Sharing stories that inspire donors to solve a problem is the absolute best part of my job, and I’m grateful to be able to help my clients do that, every single day.