As a child, I was always the one to befriend the new student in the classroom or the new neighbour on the street and show them around. In elementary school, I participated in various activities that resulted in getting “Helper” badges most years. When I graduated High School, I received five awards all based on my community and school volunteer work.
I discovered, through a talk given by the legendary Oprah, that we can find our purpose in life by starting from the beginning – our own beginnings. Looking back, I discovered that since I was a little kid, I had always wanted to be a “Helper” and scouted out opportunities to do so.
This realization led to a shift in my career goals while I veered to stay true to my authentic self. I wanted to bring creativity, my Bachelors degree in Psychology, my life coaching and leadership skills together – but how? Little did I know that after the birth of my second son, my career path would be calling me in a big way.
My second son was born three months premature and spent close to five months at the hospital, requiring various surgeries and experiencing complications. I was able to see first-hand how donor dollars can save and enrich the lives of children and their families. It is through the generosity of others that I can look at my cheeky little boy and appreciate the community who inadvertently saved our family.
Imagine my surprise and delight when I discovered that Fundraising could be a profession! I got super excited to be able to delve into my new career path in the most fulfilling way I could envisage – to be a “Helper” with the extraordinary team at Good Works!