Ambassador Spotlight: Loretta Dunn
Loretta is one of close to 40 Ambassadors whose primary role is to help increase visibility and awareness of the Foundation in communities across Grey Bruce. She lives in the Hanover area and has been involved with Community Foundation Grey Bruce since 2010. She's Coordinator of Volunteers with VON, a responsibility that has her providing orientation and training that in turn allows the organization to deliver programs and services to residents across the twin counties.
Q. How did you get involved with the Foundation?
I was a member of the granting committee for Guelph Community Foundation for a number of years. I strongly believe in the Community Foundation mandate so when we moved here from Breslau, getting involved with the local Foundation seemed like an ideal way to meet like-minded people in Grey Bruce ... and I was right!
Q. What value do you see the Foundation playing in your community?
I recently read a quote from the Governor General of Canada, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston who said it best: "One thing is certain: as a vast but relatively small nation in terms of population, we are going to need to draw on the talents of all Canadians. And that means it is imperative that we build strong communities. The same goes for communities around the world. That’s your challenge as community organizers and philanthropists. Communities are changing, giving is changing, and your task is to harness that change for good."
Q. What’s your business or personal background/experience and how does that lend itself to representing your community interests with the Foundation?
For over 30 years, I worked in the insurance industry in Marketing and Communications. I volunteered throughout my career but when I took early retirement in 2012 I not only wanted to continue to volunteer but I also had aspirations of working in the non-profit sector. With giving on the decline but community needs on the rise, I feel strongly in leaving a legacy and Community Foundations are one of the easiest ways of doing that.
Q. Do you have a favourite past-time/hobby? What’s something interesting you’d like to share about yourself?
Hobbies include reading and taking walks with my dogs but one of my passions is being inspired and helping others to become inspired. As a recent example, I was on the organizing committee for the IMPACT Youth Summit held in Hanover in 2016. It was a wonderful event with youth attending from all across the region. It featured a number of inspiring speakers, including one of my personal heroes - Craig Kielburger, who with his brother Marc, co-founded the WE Movement and Free the Children.
Interested to learn more about the Ambassador Program?
Community connection is important to the Foundation and the Ambassadors play a key role. We're looking to build our Ambassador group and their profile. Community-minded individuals that represent the diversity of our area such as age, gender, ethnicity and professional background are who we aim to have as Ambassadors. If you'd like to know more, please email or call us today!