I originally started as a co-op student for the Marketing and Communications department at BC Cancer Foundation in 2003, which really planted the seed as I grew my career in Public Relations and events to organically grow my skills in a way that would bring value in the philanthropic sector.
In 2011 I was working as a director at a local public relations firm and I had just finished organizing a conference with former Presidents William J. Clinton and George W. Bush; the hours had been long and grueling, and while it was an honour to work on such an event, I decided it was time to go back to philanthropy. There was an opportunity to help lead the Special Events department at the BC Cancer Foundation and I thought it would be a great career move in addition to giving back in a more meaningful way.
A former colleague used to tease me that I was, “unrelentingly persistent in the nicest way possible”. I think that my persistence combined with my natural positivity has allowed me to see and seize new opportunities and has significantly contributed to my success.
I am definitely passionate about fundraising for cancer research and care, but I think my greatest passion is for leadership. It is so incredibly rewarding to see members of your team succeed and accomplish their goals knowing you played a small role in their success.