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The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario: In 2007, the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario foundation scouted her talents and hired her to join their team. She lead a successful role in event management and logistics of the foundation’s largest fundraising event, CN Cycle for CHEO. She proactively secured corporate sponsorships and developed strategic plans to benefit donor and business relations for the event’s Corporate program. In addition, Connie established a dynamic relationship with trades and suppliers within the community over the 9 year period that she was employed there.
The Heart and Stroke Foundation: In 2002, Connie was tasked to execute the logistics around the fundraising and event management for major events such as (but not limited to) Big Bike, Paint the Town Red, Fit for Heart, Adventure Challenge, Signature Gala, Golf Tournament, and The Mother Daughter Walk.
Carleton University: Connie’s work while at Carleton allowed her the opportunity to be part of the marketing and fundraising team for the Eric Sprott School of Business Capital Campaign. Her expertise to work with Affinity Partners and key stakeholders, including corporate sponsors and alumni volunteers, earned her an honorary mention for her efforts. In her event management capacity, she organized round table discussions with business leaders and alumni chapters as well organized the University Homecoming celebrations and donor events.
The United States Embassy: Connie’s determination to try something different happened in 1999 when she became a Commercial Specialist with the United States Embassy. Her capacity in public and media relations were highlighted as she was responsible for substantive business counseling with Canadian and U.S. companies. She worked to determine its market needs and acceptance in product and services within in Canada- what would then become a joint-venture. The events she organized included Trade Missions, Certified Trade Shows, DealMakers and Multi-State Trade Days.
The City of Ottawa: “Loving the community you live in and living in a community you love.” This is where it all started for Connie. When her career path began at the City of Ottawa, she knew she was in her element. For 12 years she worked in Economic Development, selling Ottawa as good place to live and do business. She knew she was going to one day expand on the significance of this. She conducted sales and marketing presentations on the “Future Ottawa” initiative and established business links with the private sector. She organized business events, Gala’s in partnership with Ottawa Tourism/Research Institute/Board of Trade/Life Sciences, as well 5 signature events for Parliamentary and Prime Minister messaging under the City of Ottawa umbrella.
Volunteer: Throughout the years Connie has volunteered for Veterans of Canada, The Snowsuit Fund, Ronald McDonald House, Ottawa Child and Youth Friendly, Canadian Special Olympics, Shepherds of Good Hope, The Ottawa Mission, CHEO, Soup Sisters & Broth Brothers, and Santa Toy Parade.
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Connie’s passion and enthusiasm is evidence that she is someone who is devoted to her community. With 30 years of experience in the philanthropic market, she values the importance of partnerships in raising funds and running events. Her love for this line of work has encouraged her to embark on the journey of owning her own company - one that serves the corporate world, our incredible community, and the many powerful charities that we support: CLA Events and Fundraising.
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Events and Fundraising
Connie is a family-first kind of person. She has lived by the values of simply doing good for others, and has successfully passed those values onto her two children as well as to those in her closest circles. Her humble nature recognizes importance of making people feel respected.
She is business-savvy and will therefore continue to strive in the corporate world.
She is loyal and will therefore always represent community.
She embodies empathy and will therefore continue to raise insurmountable amounts for charities near and far.