Welcome to the second installment of our new monthly Realize Feature in which we focus on one ‘Member For the Month’!
Through this monthly posting you’ll learn more about Realize through the kaleidoscope of members that form the heartbeat of our organization. In this inaugural issue, we introduce you to Nicole Salmon.
And in this period when we’re seeing so much negativity in the news, we hope that this would share some positive vibes. Read and enjoy.
All of us at Realize are wishing you good health and wellness!
I am a curious person with a thirst for learning; I am an avid reader and sports enthusiast. I deeply value personal connections and relationships, I am reflective and have always felt that life is about something much greater than myself. The source of my beliefs and values are rooted and anchored by family. By the time I made my appearance in this world my parents had already road tested and refined their parenting techniques on my six older siblings and the privilege of being the ‘baby’ of the family meant I grew up in an environment where I could express myself and my feelings with confidence and without fear. Two sayings formed the basis of our family values: “all for one and one for all” and “treating others how you would want to be treated.” These values shaped the conscious and unconscious choices I have made throughout my life and it may largely explain why the bulk of my career has been spent working in the nonprofit sector. So when David Salter, a former colleague of mine and former Co-Chair of the Board of the Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation (CWGHR [rebranded in 2016 as Realize]), reached out to me to ask if I was willing to help the organization with a fund development and engagement strategy, I didn’t hesitate. That was seven years ago and what I have come to embrace since then, is that once you are part of Realize, Realize will always be a part of you.
Life is bigger than any one of us. However, the presence of each of us, with our different experiences and encounters, does matter somehow and does matter to someone.
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