Below Tara shares her career journey, the impacts of a positive role model and why she is involved with BBBS:
I grew up in rural Saskatchewan before moving out to the West Coast to start my career; not even the mountains and ocean was enough to keep me away from the big prairie skies and my family. I am currently the Chief People Officer for Conexus Credit Union and have spent my career within the cooperative financial sector. I am very selective in how I spend the spare time I have, and there is nothing that fills my cup more than spending time with family, friends and our two dogs.
Growing up, the most impactful role model was my mother. To this day, she is the voice in my head for better or worse. Widowed in her late thirties with four children to raise, I watched her face many challenges with courage, stoicism and hope. I am forever grateful for the strength, resilience and her ability to continuously learn and start over when needed that she instilled in us.
There are few initiatives that are as simple and impactful as mentoring and investing in a child in need. The difference that Big Brothers and Big Sisters makes in the life of children and their families can rarely be quantified but can be seen in the health and prosperity of our communities and society. I couldn’t think of a more worthwhile cause to volunteer my time for.
– Thank you Tara for your commitment & passion of the impacts of mentorship. We are so fortunate to have you on our Board of Directors!