What drew you to being on the Board of Directors at VBIS?
I first got involved with VBIS when playing a hands-on role in the first annual Toss the Boss Event as the liaison with WildPlay. Having the opportunity to be part of such an impactful event – raising funds, meeting community supporters, and most importantly, engaging with so many of VBIS’ clients – inspired me to contribute as a board member.
What is your favourite part of being on the Board of Directors at VBIS?
Seeing on a month-to-month basis the increasing positive difference the society is making on people’s lives and in the community.
What is the most important thing you learned volunteering at VBIS?
Brain injuries are everywhere and most of us have no clue how to recognize them or provide meaningful support. The impacts on the individuals have far-reaching consequences that we need to start understanding, talking about, showing empathy for, and taking more immediate action to reduce negative outcomes on these people, their relationships, potential homelessness, and other societal challenges.
What is a fun fact about you?
You know that vacuum-packing product called Foodsaver? I was the reluctant guest of one product infomercial and ended up on North American shopping channels for over a decade. Although it has nothing to do with my business background and accomplishments, it became the thing I was known for. Never again!