FVEPA Member Deanna McIntyre, Dirt Nerd
Q: What do you do?
I work for the MS Society of Canada, Fraser Valley Chapter as a Development Coordinator. So, I organize fundraising events and all the fun that comes with that.
Q: What’s the best thing about your job?
Event day! I love event day – people are happy, the energy is high, I get lots of hugs. And I am doing something meaningful for so many people.
Q: What’s the best career advice you’ve ever gotten?
I once complained to my boss that I didn’t get offered a promotion. She said “Well, you didn’t ask for it.” You need to ask for what you want, put up your hand and jump around screaming if you need to. But speak up for what you want or the opportunities you are looking for could pass you by.
Q: What do you like to do when you’re not working?
I also run regularly and race. I was part of a performing hip hop dance group for years. I try to read every day for pleasure and for learning. When I can, I have a big flower garden that I like to dig around in. My husband calls me a Dirt Nerd.
Q: What’s your favourite social media platform and why?
Facebook. I’m not very social media savvy – I’m learning, but I’m not great at it – Facebook I can do. I like the stories that my friends and colleagues post, I like the inspiration and all of the cool events that I see happening in my area.
Q: What’s something you’d like to accomplish in the next year?
Professionally, I want to kick my game up a notch. I plan to do more networking, attend more workshops, learn some new skills and hone my craft further.
Personally, I am planning to train for a full marathon beginning in January. The thought of it scares me and makes me queasy but it will be a big challenge, which is why I am going to do it.
Q: How did you get involved with FVEPA?
I was invited to attend by Lynn O’Brien, one of the founding members. She had been my Event Planning teacher and we kept in touch after I graduated from her class. I came out to the November social in 2009, signed up as a member in February and then she invited me to join the board as Secretary in March of 2010.
Q: How has FVEPA affected your life and career?
Ooo, good question!
FVEPA has given me a regular night out every month, where I get to dress up and see people that I like to be around. I work by myself from a home office and I really value the personal interactions that I get at a networking meeting. They rejuvenate me.
I was asked to join the board shortly after joining as a member and that gave me the opportunity to learn how a board operates, how to plan meetings, set agendas, do minutes. I use all of those skills in my job now, both with the board that I support and with the committees that I chair or work with.
I developed my leadership skills while serving as President of FVEPA. Those skills have helped me with my teenagers at home, improved my confidence in my abilities, and opened doors to new opportunities. I proved to myself that I could do things that I didn’t previously know I could.
FVEPA has enriched my life in countless ways and I am so very grateful that I became and stayed a member.
Q: What advice would you give new members of FVEPA?
Get involved. Come to the networking meetings and introduce yourself to people. Take part in the extra events we put on. Join a committee. You will learn so much that will help your business and will make those connections that you are looking for by doing so. And it’s fun – who doesn’t want to have some fun?