Who am I? What do I do? Let me tell you my story! It all started late at night on an Easter Monday in 1987….ok, ok I won’t go that far back.
I started volunteering at a very young age through the Girl Guides of Canada, I volunteered at the Food Bank and at public events – this type of philanthropy was instilled in me as young as 5 years old. By the time I was 14 I was finding volunteer opportunities on my own. It was around this age that I knew I was destined for non-profit work as a career. I loved giving back and I loved making a difference in the community around me. Some have said my heart is bigger than my brain.
Over the course of my schooling, I kept volunteering and even found a summer internship in a not-for-profit company. It was in 2011 that I finally found a paying job in a non-profit company that allowed me to work in sales and marketing, bettering the lives of construction workers across Ontario. We provided health benefits and advocated for safety, benefits, and well-being of those workers. While it felt amazing, it was short lived as the company, based out of Toronto, closed their Ottawa office.
I bounced back 4 months later and found a job as an Administrative Assistant at the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa. I was unsure how to feel about this. It was a place that I grew up in, they do a lot of outreach work for those most vulnerable, but as an Admin I worried my passion would not be fulfilled. I am thrilled to tell you about just how wrong I was! While I did get to do some work with the outreach ministries and learn about all the different work the Diocese did, my real passion emerged in 2015 when I personally launched the Women Helping Women Purse Project (see my blog about that here!). The Diocese not only allowed me to use the office as purse storage, but my connections that I made there and the work I had witnessed inspired my entire initiative. Donating over 3000 purses (filled with feminine hygiene products) in our first run, I created new and bigger partnerships and changed the lives of countless women. Not only did this inspire my passion and fill my heart, it finally let me show off my true talents and shortly after I landed a promotion as Conference & Events Coordinator for the Diocese – I also now manage all of their social media too!
So, who am I? I’m the girl with a heart that’s bigger than my brain, and a passion for bettering the lives of those around me. Who are you? Tell me what inspires you and what makes you who you are in the comments below!