“I have been associated with Catholic Family Service my whole adult life. I was the youngest person they had ever asked to join the Board of Directors. I think I fit the profile of what they needed at the time. I was a woman working in business and a past client. I went for counselling when I moved to Calgary and didn’t know anyone. The world for most people is fairly complicated and often along the way we need to talk to someone. I served as a Board member for the next 20 years. It was like a second job. I eventually became Board Chair, then helped establish the Unlocking Potential Foundation. The 12×12 scholarship program was a pilot project of mine. I raised my children through all this. It was a lot of work, but it satisfied my desire to be part of a team that gives back to the community. I like being associated with people whose moral compass is aimed at helping others, rather than financial achievement. I don’t sit on any Catholic Family Service boards or committees now, but I’ve never really cut the umbilical cord.  They hear from me fairly often. I have ideas until the cows come home.”

March 7, 2017