Below Anu shares her career journey, the impacts of positive mentorship and why she is involved with BBBS:
I am a certified fundraiser with a career in the sector for over 20 years. I have been fortunate to have worked with some amazing organizations doing incredible work in our community. I was born in India and immigrated to Canada almost two decades ago and moved to Saskatoon. I am proud to call this amazing city home (except perhaps for a few weeks in January). I graduated from the University of Delhi with a master’s in psychology. Currently, I work in advancement at the College of Dentistry, University of Saskatchewan.
I live by the mantra that if you want something, work hard and you will achieve it. There are no shortcuts. I enjoy life to the fullest, although like everyone, I have my days. I love to travel, entertain, and arrange get togethers with family and friends. My favourite pastime is to watch Bollywood movies, soaps and reading fiction. I have been told I am a great cook too!
I grew up in India, and in a culture where children look after their parents and grandparents, not because it’s an expectation, but more of a value system. Parents in turn share their wisdom and are role models and mentors. The notion of “karma” is very strongly entrenched in my personal philosophy. My mother played a very important role in my life, and I attribute my strong work ethics to her. She is the voice I still hear when I make life choices.
I want to provide opportunities for others. I decided the best way for me to do this was by taking my skills and experience and supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters that are working to ignite the power and potential of young people.
I am hoping to maintain and strengthen approaches, policies, and a culture that multiplies the organization’s impact, both in the near term and far into the future.
– Thank you Anu for bringing your expertise to BBBS Saskatoon. We look forward to continuation of serving youth within our community having your passion by our side!