I’m really excited to be joining the team at Positive Living BC as the new Director of Fund Development. It’s a privilege to be joining such a skilled team that has achieved so much good for people living with HIV/AIDS over the years.

I’d like to tell you a little about myself; in my new role, I’ll be responsible for overseeing the organizations fundraising and donor stewardship activities. I’m excited to start building relationships and getting to know this community; I’m going to be counting on many of you to help us reach our goals.

I’ve been working in non-profit fundraising since 2009, raising money for causes like Greenpeace Canada, Plan Canada, OpenMedia.ca and the NDP. This experience has taught me that it takes a diversity of tactics to successfully reach your targets, as well as a diversity of people working together towards a shared common goal.

Marshall Ganz, a legendary labour organizer, once said that “leadership is accepting responsibility to enable others to achieve purpose in the face of uncertainty.”

I’ve been thinking about this a fair amount as I get settled in my new role; I hope to embody this idea. In many ways, my job as Director of Fund Development will be to lift others up and enable them to succeed by showing them how they can help us reach our goals. As Ganz points out, leadership isn’t really needed when everything is going really smoothly, but instead, leadership is defined by how it behaves in the face of an uncertain future.

Every longstanding and successful non-profit organization will experience periods of transition, and Positive Living BC is no different. In order to stay relevant in changing times, we too will have to change. I’m excited to be a part of the changes that enable this organization to continue offering vital support programs long into the future.

I get really excited when I think about what our community can achieve when we work together. Every day this organization makes a difference in the lives of people living with HIV. We reduce suffering, offer emotional support and improve quality of life. The need for our work won’t be going away any time soon, and neither will we.

I’m really grateful to be a part of this organization and I hope to get to know you better. I’m here to support our donors and community, so please don’t hesitate to reach out and get in touch with me for any reason. You can find me at jhjalmarson@positivelivingbc.org or by calling 604-893-2282.

Author: Jason hjalmarson

Source: https://positivelivingbc.org/