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How long have you been involved with the UBC United Way Campaign?
My involvement with the UBC United Way campaign began in 2004. I was hired as a UBC loaned representative (Campaign Associate) and at that time knew very little about the United Way.
I was looking to develop some new skills such as public speaking and event planning. I noticed the loaned representative job posting and was excited to be given the opportunity to assist with employee campaigns. I was able to promote the United Way at UBC and also work with 5 or 6 other agencies outside the University such as the Justice Institute and Family Services.
Why do you volunteer for this cause?
There are several reasons why I volunteer my time to the campaign. The United Way is a single place that researches and captures many of the needs of people living in the Lower Mainland, especially children 0-6, youth and seniors.
I am fortunate to work with many incredible people during the campaign. Our portfolio has formed a planning committee that really works well together. Plus, it is rewarding to see all of our hard work pay off at the end of our campaign. We often see positive results both with participation and reaching our financial goals.
What is your fondest memory from your involvement with the campaign?
My fondest memory was as a loaned representative. It was a fantastic experience of four months working with people that have great passion and commitment. I learned so much about the United Way during that time, and I had the pleasure of working with other companies creating some innovative ways to raise donor dollars through special workplace events.
When I returned to UBC that December, I was asked to sit on the VPS/Brock Hall Planning Committee, and shortly thereafter I was offered the position of Chair.
What is your goal for next year? What would you like to see happen?
I would like to continue working with our planning committee to hold fun and educational events that bring people together. It would be wonderful to see more new members join our planning committee. And an important goal is to increase our overall participation rate each year.