When I was a kid, my aunt had a rule about money: “Save a third, give a third, spend a third.” After graduating from university, I was offered a position at Imperial and had the option to settle in several cities. I chose Calgary, not knowing this random decision would turn into a love affair. There’s just something about this city. The people are very welcoming, and you don’t have to be born here to quickly feel like a Calgarian, which is pretty unique.
For the past eight years I have taken my aunt’s words to heart, donating my time, money, and energy to United Way. My love for Calgary is one of the driving forces behind my passion and support, which I consider an investment in my city – one that must achieve results.
When I consider my donation, I look at the results United Way has achieved and what their forward-looking plans are. One of the reasons I support the organization is because I’m interested in impactful results, not Band-Aid solutions. I’m proud of what United Way is able to accomplish.
Being open about giving at such a high level isn’t something that comes easily to me. It’s not in my nature to talk about donating. But I’ve come to realize that talking about it and normalizing it is really important. It shouldn’t be an afterthought. It should be a priority.
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