Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I was born and raised in Lethbridge having graduated high school at Winston Churchill. I attended the University of Alberta and Bishop’s University where I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Sociology and double minors in Political Science and Art History. I began my career as a legislative assistant working in Ottawa for the late Blaine Thacker, MP for Lethbridge. After a wonderful two years in Ottawa, I was drawn to the charitable sector where I began a rich and diverse fundraising career. Over the years I have had the pleasure of working for large hospital foundations such as the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation as well as numerous post-secondary institutions such as the University of British Columbia, University of Calgary, Mount Royal University, University of Regina and University of Saskatchewan. I am also currently taking my MBA Leadership specialization at Dalhousie University.
How long have you been at the U of L and what do you do here?
My title is vice-president, Vice President, Development, Alumni Relations and Community Engagement. I started my role on May 14, 2021. I lead and coordinate fundraising efforts for the University, including our faculties, as well as working to enhance alumni relations and community engagement activities. I have a talented team that works hard to ensure our University remains top of mind for our donors, community members and alumni.
What’s the best part of your job?
The best part of my job is the people! Whether it’s leading my team, meeting and working with volunteers, engaging with faculty and staff, connecting with alumni and students or developing numerous ways in which donors or the community can give of their time, talent or treasure just to name a few – it’s very rewarding to help our University build a better society and inspire the minds of tomorrow.
What are you most excited about moving into the Fall semester?
I’m excited about the energy generated at the University in the fall. I'm further inspired each day because I get to surround myself with people who want to make a difference. My team is charged with pursuing new opportunities and new ways of connecting with donors, alumni and our community. I often ask myself “Where do you get an opportunity to do that every single day?" Knowing that the work we're doing is going to have a meaningful impact on the lives of others motivates me every day. This is truly a profession I have been proud to be a part of and look forward to our future as one of Canada’s top undergraduate universities.
What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
As someone new to the University I think there are likely many things people do not know about me so I will stay with the facts! I have two kids – one at the University of Waterloo in engineering and the other in high school. My husband is a realtor in Calgary dividing his time between Lethbridge and Calgary. We have a lovely Aussiedoodle named Molly who keeps us all active with her boundless energy. Because my kids have banned me from showing their photos here is a photo Molly.