Things we’re involved with in the community
What inspires you to volunteer?I have been involved with the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce for the past 14 years. I am passionate about LOCAL businesses and love helping them when I can. Having worked in the financial industry for the past 20+ years, I have been so inspired by entrepreuners and the amazing businesses they create.My daughter Kailey became the first Kelowna Chamber Junior Ambassador in 2014. It has been great to volunteer together. We very much enjoy welcoming new businesses to the Chamber and hosting after hour events. We have particularily enjoyed the Ambassador Annual Expo events, including the Ambassador's led Wedding Expos in 2015 & 2016, which showcased the many Chamber businesses that work in the wedding industry. Kailey organized and led a photo shoot and fashion show each year. It takes a tremendous amount of work to host a successful event and the positive feedback has been amazing.
Which cause(s) are you most passionate about and why?
What first inspired you to volunteer?I was first inspired to volunteer during a Not-for-profit Marketing class I was taking in University. I did an applied studies volunteer term with the Canadian Cancer Society SIR. I was hooked! Instead of completing the 4 month required volunteer position, I ended up volunteering with them for 4 years.
Which cause are you most passionate about and why?Recently I did an international voluntunteer build with Habitat for Humanity in Indonesia. It was, without a doubt, the most rewarding and fulfilling experience of my life. Here in North America, things like having clean water and a roof over our heads are often taken for granted. I have been very fortunate to be dealt a good hand in life and felt a sense of obligation to help those in more difficult circumstances. I am very passionate about economic development, community building and social enterprise. I have an interest in sustainable and afforable housing and supporting the fight to end homelessness. Joining a Global Village Team tied in perfectly to my personal/professional interests. Essentially, it stemmed from the desire to travel with Purpose. Since then, I have looked for opportunity locally and had my colleagues from the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce join me at a local Habitat for Humanity Okanagan build in Penticton.