- How did you get into health care philanthropy?
Prior to joining the health care philanthropy sector, I worked in the private sector for over ten years. While I worked with wonderful leaders and on challenging projects, I sought greater meaning in my work. After joining the Board of Directors for the Credit Valley Hospital Foundation in 2007 I became inspired by the opportunity to utilize my business skills to improve health care delivery. A few years later I was recruited to the sector, and I have never looked back! I honestly wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.
- Why did you choose to make health care philanthropy your career?
Because health matters. When you, a family member, or a friend is sick – it has real personal and enduring significance. In such a situation, all anyone wants is to ensure access to great care and a speedy recovery. Our health system relies on the generous support of donors providing the resources hospitals need to make access to great health care possible. I am motivated to play a role in making this happen for everyone who needs access to great health care.
- What has been the #1 factor in your career success so far?
I see the world as systems that should be leveraged when possible, but must be disrupted when necessary. As an inquisitive leader, I work to deeply understand my environment, identify white spaces, and then champion new ideas that address emerging opportunities. I challenge myself and my team to always stay ahead by leveraging systems, processes, technology and people and to always be improving the way we do things.
- What is your greatest passion and why?
My family – because I am nothing without them.
- What are your future aspirations?
My long-term vision is to elevate the impact not-for-profit and social profit organizations have in supporting causes I am passionate about. Recognizing that the need for philanthropic funding in health care will continue to increase, I am inspired to continue to be bold, push boundaries, and inspire teams of other motivated professionals that are elevating philanthropic giving in health care.