I began my role as NSI’s Development and Engagement Manager two years ago as a fresh graduate from Niagara College’s Environmental Management and Assessment post graduate certificate program. Through the program and part-time work with Niagara College, I was introduced to the subject of organizational sustainability. Little did I know then, this field would become somewhat of a passion and interest and would shape the trajectory of my budding career.
It is now, at the two year mark of my time with NSI, that I reflect on my time here and prepare for the next stage of my career. I am leaving NSI this May to continue my career in environmental management in Toronto.
As I look back, I am very proud of what NSI has been able to accomplish in this time and glad I was able to contribute. I am grateful for the opportunity and pleasure of working with so many amazing groups and people. I would especially like to thank all of our Carbon Project members for their dedication and leadership for a more sustainable Niagara; our hard working volunteers and Ambassadors for their commitment to our cause and willingness to take on challenging projects no matter what they were; our experienced Board of Directors for their wisdom, trust, and patience; and finally the Niagara community for teaching me the importance of sustainability. I have learned so much from each and every one of you and am very thankful for the time spent together.
NSI has come a very long way over the past two years and is on a path to further greatness and success. This small team of passionate, quirky, supportive, intelligent, funny (hit-or-miss) individuals has really taught me a lot about myself and other people and I couldn’t have asked for a better group to be a part of during my time in Niagara. If you ever have the pleasure of working with this team, you’ll know what I’m talking about.
Our growth in membership and business development, as well as the new membership program we are launching (learn more on May 25th!), will allow our collective impact to carry forward with much needed momentum. I am happy that I was able to help and to be a part of such a great undertaking. I truly believe that we have a group of people and companies that will create a more sustainable future for Niagara.
Tikvah, Melissa, Kristen, Ambassadors, volunteers, members of the Board, Carbon Project Members, Sponsors – Thank you for being so awesome and keep doing what you’re doing!
Catch you on the flipside.
A big thank you to Matt from all of us at NSI and we wish you all the best in this next chapter of your life!