They say "do what you love, and the money will follow," this couldn't be more true for me.
I was born and raised in Sechelt. After graduating from Chatelech Secondary, I ventured out east to the University of Waterloo in Ontario. There I began my leadership journey as president of the Waterloo Engineers Without Borders Chapter- an international development not for profit organization. I was introduced to governance and policy when I was elected to the Federation of Students Student Union Board of Directors. I graduated with an Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering with an option in Management Sciences.
After university, I returned to the Sunshine Coast, and I began my path of building this community that I am proud to call home. I now run a cooperative business and a not for profit organization and am involved with many other Sunshine Coast organizations.
Coast Car Co-op is the small carsharing cooperative that I manage. We have five cars available to the community by the hour to provide one more transportation choice on the Sunshine Coast. As executive director, I have overseen substantial usage growth, the streamlining of operations, and negotiating to bring a carshare vehicle to the Langdale Ferry terminal. I also serve as the president of the Federation of Canadian Carsharing Cooperatives, an organization that grows the carsharing movement across Canada.
Until recently I also worked as the Executive Director of the Sechelt Downtown Business Association. You will likely know us for the coordination of large events such as Canada Day and Oktoberfest, but we do much more for creating a vibrant and attractive Downtown Sechelt. I was personally responsible for bringing in a strategic planning process, creating Taste of Sechelt, and applying for a grant to create more wayfinding signage in Downtown Sechelt. Under my leadership, the SDBA has become a more diverse and responsive organization that works with businesses to build our Downtown. To recognize my leadership abilities, I was appointed the first Executive Director in the SDBA's 20-year history.
My volunteer experience also builds this community. I am a board member for Transportation Choices - the Sunshine Coast's active transportation advocacy group. I also sit on the board of the Capilano Students Union as the Sunshine Coast Representative and serve as the Finance and Audit Chair. I am a proud member of the Davis Bay-Wilson Creek-Selma Park Community Association - despite moving to East Porpoise Bay recently. My community work on the Sunshine Coast is rounded out by the Sunshine Coast Community Solar Association where I was the community solar array project manager.
I believe in the power of community groups to create change in our community, and I have invested my time in these groups to do just that.