Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion. It seizes a person whole and once it has done so, he/she will have to accept that his life will be radically changed.” I could not agree more.
Horses have had an immeasurable impact on my life and I attribute much of my success to lessons learned in the saddle. I’ve already committed to giving back to the equine community but I want to do more.
I have extensive experience with non-profit governance and strategic planning. I’m a Director and past-President of the New Stride Thoroughbred Adoption Society. Over the past 5 years, I’ve secured countless media appearances and formed equine-related strategic alliances across North America. I’ve led key fundraisers and headed various organizational platforms.
Professionally, I bring a diverse set of skills to the table. While my career is in the financial industry, I’m also involved with media communications. Additionally, I have experience in the technology industry having developed mobile apps.
On the competitive side, I’m a former elite-level athlete in sprint canoe with firsthand knowledge of the challenges Canadian athletes face. Although this experience comes via a different sport, the challenges are universal. I’ve been involved with horses for 25 years recreationally and competitively.
I’m a member of EC and HCBC, and effective 2014 will also belong to the OEF.
As Director at Large I can make a positive difference in Canada’s equestrian community.