Chair / President
I have been a member of the Parksville Qualicum Community Foundation Board since May 2016. I became the chair of the board in May 2019. Currently I am the Branch Manager for the Qualicum Beach branch of Coastal Community Credit Union, I have been an employee since 2005. I feel passionate about our community and I am committed to making it a better place to live, work and raise our families through volunteerism within our region.
I was raised in Qualicum Beach and graduated from Kwalikum Secondary and I am proud to call Qualicum Beach home with my family. I feel that it is important to recognize philanthropy in a variety of ways; however, philanthropy doesn’t always have to be limited to a financial contribution it can be identified by the means of volunteerism.
The Parksville Qualicum Foundation does great things for our community, offering grants and support to organizations and projects that make Oceanside an amazing place to live.
I joined the Board in early 2019 when my family moved from Vancouver to Nanoose Bay. I come from a background of Social and Land Use Planning, and most recently had worked at the Vancouver Foundation as a Grant Manager for system change projects. I wanted to stay involved in the community foundation movement and bring my skills and knowledge of granting to my new community. It has also been a fantastic way to get to know my new community. Being on the Board is one way I can be of service and do my part to ensure a safe, happy and inclusive community, now and for many years to come. I like knowing that I make a contribution that has a positive long-lasting impact on my new chosen home.
I currently work at the United Way of Central and Northern Vancouver Island, which covers the Oceanside area, as well as offer consulting and coaching in grant writing and evaluation. We are loving the island life, and all the activities Oceanside has to offer. We love exploring the many nearby woods, beaches and swimming holes as well as raising chickens, growing fruit trees, and making food on our little slice of paradise.
I see Philanthropy as a critical part of a democratic society. It is a way to give back to community and can be a way to create social change. Community Foundations are a type of philanthropy that are powered by local people who love their community and want to give back in perpetuity – and in turn those funds are used to support the greatest needs and priorities in the community, which builds an even greater place to call home. Together Community Foundations across Canada are a philanthropic movement of 191 foundations working across sectors to help Canadians invest in building strong and resilient communities for the future as well as having immediate impact where it is needed most.
Resource Development Officer
After working for Coastal Community Credit Union for 15 years, I then spent 6 years representing Qualicum Beach residents as a member of council. An attitude of gratitude, living in such a wonderful part of the Island, motivates me every day.
There still is so much more we can do as a Foundation and as a Community. I am very proud to be asked to help “spread the word” about PQCF from Deep Bay to Nanoose Bay, as well as Errington and Coombs.
Philanthropy means generosity in all its forms and is often defined as giving gifts of “time, talent and treasure” to help make life better for other people. PQCF offers the opportunity to all ages and means, to contribute in a meaningful manner of ways of their choosing.