Hello Ausome Family!
I’m thrilled and deeply honoured to be writing to you as Ausome Ottawa’s next Executive Director. Liisa has left enormous running shoes to fill but, lucky for us, she plans to be an Ausome supporter and volunteer long into the future.
My family members have been Ausome super fans since day one. My daughter and I attended Ausome’s inaugural event in 2015 when she was just five years old. As soon as our son was old enough, he also got drafted to Team Ausome. Over the years, our kids have benefited greatly from Ausome’s great variety of programs. Further, they have have formed friendships with other kids and the amazing Ausome volunteers. I know the same is true for so many other families in our community, including yours.
It only took one day on the job to confirm my expectations that the staff of Ausome are just as caring, competent, and committed as the programs and events they put on. What I’m just beginning to learn is how many people—staff, volunteers, board members, partners, sponsors, funders—go into making Ausome so awesome.
That’s why I’m so excited to be joining the team. I’m keen to apply my 20 years as a not-for-profit leader working towards justice, inclusion, and equity to help Ausome continue to grow so we can meet the increasing need both in our community and beyond.
I look forward to connecting with each of you over the coming weeks and months.
Yours in courage, connection and community.