Our Foundation Team
As a past board member and Chair of the Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation, I have witnessed firsthand the impact community giving can have. I am thrilled to join the Foundation in a new role and lead a group of top-notch professional non-profit fundraisers who know and understand their audience and the requirements of their community. They are committed to telling the story of the great work that our world-class hospital does every day. The staff and Board are extremely dedicated to being transparent and ensuring that donor funds are distributed in a way that best meets the needs of patients. I’m incredibly proud to be part of this organization.
As a creative and driven marketer, I am passionate about working with organizations to bring new ideas and initiatives to life. As a proud New Brunswicker, the most rewarding chapters in my career are the campaigns that have had a direct impact on our beautiful province’s economy and well-being. Having experienced the fantastic care at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Saint John Regional Hospital, I am thrilled to be joining a dedicated philanthropist team supporting the mission of the Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation. Sharing the inspiring stories of patients, healthcare providers, and the generous community who make a difference is truly an honor.
Before joining the Hospital Foundation in 2014, I worked at a charity and jumped at the opportunity to work at the Saint Regional Hospital Foundation. It’s inspiring to work with a team that’s passionate and believes in its mission. I think I ended up where I needed to be. My home has some acres in the quiet woods within commuting distance to Saint John. Highway #1 is a good road and even in the winter months, the plows and sanding trucks respond immediately to keep travel safe during the winter storms. Having a cafeteria is a great perk! I appreciate the interesting and diverse food.
I left New Brunswick in the fall of 2002 to pursue a career in the non-profit sector. Twenty years later, I am thrilled to return with my husband and daughter and put all I’ve learned to work in my home province. The icing on the cake is that I am joining the incredible team at The Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation. I am acutely aware of the impact the Saint John Regional Hospital has on the lives of people living all over the province, including my closest family and friends. As a professional fundraiser, I am deeply passionate about philanthropy and recognize that donors are at the heart of all we do. I am excited to get to know our supporters and work together to help create a healthier future for all.
I am excited to be joining the incredible team at the Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation. Having recently moved back to Saint John I was so excited to find a role with an organization that aligned with the purpose and values that I have, which are giving back and embracing a cause that impacts so many within our community and throughout the entire province. I've also seen first hand the care the hospital provides, particularly when my dad had a heart attack a few years ago, and so it means that much more to be joining this team and supporting the great work that is done to advance and improve patient care. I look forward to engaging with donors and supporters of the foundation as I embark on this new career.
My best work comes when I can collaborate with and engage others. I am exited to see how the relationships within our community contribute to the advancement of patient care and overall exceptional healthcare for our province. Getting to know the people behind the programs that ignite generosity is inspiring. I have seen how events have changed with the pandemic and know how important enthusiasm can be. The Saint Johns Regional Hospital Foundation’s purpose is one that I am thrilled to work with.
I moved to Saint John from Halifax in the fall of 2012, with the intention of making New Brunswick my permanent home. During my time in New Brunswick, I established a Women’s Rugby program at the University of New Brunswick in Saint John, play football with the Saint John Storm Women’s Tackle Football Team and Team New Brunswick, and volunteer with many charity organizations in various capacities. Long story short, being involved in and giving back to the local community is extremely important to me and I strive to be involved in as much, and in as many ways, as possible. When the opportunity arose to come and work for the Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation I couldn’t have been more excited, my passion for community involvement and career path intersected. “Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life” (Confucius).
I began working for the Foundation in 2012 and it has impacted my life in ways I could never imagine! I’m so inspired by the generosity and compassion of our donors, volunteers, staff members and community supporters on a daily basis. Philanthropy is something that runs in my family – my mom volunteers for the Foundation every week (say ‘Hi’ to Sue next time you buy a wooden rose in our lobby). It’s her spirit of giving that keeps me motivated each and every day!
While working in Telecom, I had the opportunity to travel to Haiti, helping build a school for a small community. This experience drove my passion for working in the Humanitarian sector. Over the years, I've had the privilege of working with organizations encompassing International Development, Higher Education, Special Needs, and now Healthcare. In 2010 I had the opportunity to travel back to Haiti, taking donors to see the impact of their gifts. We arrived on Tuesday, January 12th, three hours before the devastating earthquake, killing over 220,000 people and injuring 1 Million. Through that experience, I've become acutely aware of how it feels when you don't have the equipment or training required to heal a person. My goal at the Foundation is to understand the needs of our health care providers, make donors aware of those needs, and align them with our donor's philanthropic passions.
I am grateful every day to have been able to keep my roots anchored in New Brunswick throughout my career. Sciences and more specifically healthcare have always tugged at my core since childhood. Branching out and bringing the unique and diverse transferable skills and knowledge from my professional career to the Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation is rewarding. The philanthropic community, from the Foundation team to our Donors, are amazing and continue to inspire and influence the power of community. I enjoy working with the enthusiastic and innovative professionals in various healthcare disciplines who impact the lives of our family, friends and neighbours throughout the province and Atlantic Canada.
I have been with the Foundation since 2017 and have held 3 different roles. You never know who is going to walk through our doors. Hearing their stories and why they choose to give is so empowering. I’ve worked directly with the community and on the administrative side where I get to see the incredible impact our generous donors are making. It is truly inspiring. I am currently working towards my CPA designation and enjoy anything to do with the outdoors and spending time with my two cats.
I moved to Saint John from Montreal in October 2020. As a newcomer to Canada and New Brunswick, I have found living in Saint John a great experience – everyone is welcoming, and it is a charming community!
Landing a position in the philanthropic world was something unexpected, but it has been rewarding. As with each time in my professional career, every new challenge has been an opportunity to learn new skills and push my intellectual boundaries forward. Working at the SJRHF, as Database Administrator has helped me understand how a unique and professional team, through the generosity and compassion of our donors, changes lives and health-care around the province.
I have a BA in Telecommunications Engineering, with studies in Database Administration with more than six years of experience in the IT and Data Analysis field in the Telecommunications sector.
Our Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation donors continue to amaze me with their generosity. It is inspiring to see the projects, equipment, and programs they’ve funded come to life and meet the patients and families whose lives they’ve changed for the better. Every day I am so grateful to be working with an incredible team and making a real impact in our community.
I am a senior graphic designer who graduated with high honors in 2004 from the International Academy of Design & Technology in Toronto. I lived in Toronto for 10 years before returning to my roots here in NB. I am passionate about helping others and am proud to work for the Foundation and what we stand for. We have the most amazing team who are giving back to the community and hospital everyday. My interests consist of staying healthy and attending the gym every morning. My number one passion is family and spending time with my husband and our three kids.