Leigh has built a successful career in the non-profit sector with more than 20 years’ experience creating, growing, and managing partnerships and programs that drive significant revenue and create social impact. She is a highly experienced fundraising strategist, communications specialist, collaborator, people leader and coach.
Most of her career has been spent raising millions of dollars for national non-profits focused on chronic disease prevention and management and the health and well-being of children and youth. Leigh’s depth of fundraising experience spans corporate and community partnerships, sponsorship, cause marketing, peer-to-peer fundraising and signature & third-party events, lotteries, planned and individual giving.
Leigh is adept at building mutual understanding and trust with diverse cross-sections of stakeholders and values creating and sustaining collaborative relationships. Previous career accomplishments include co-leading the reinvention of a decades-old corporate partnership, refocusing it to address the 6 most pressing health concerns for adolescents in Canada and engaging employees to donate in new ways; spearheading the development of new and innovative fundraising programs supporting breast cancer research; and leading the creation of branding and donor communications for the first-ever major gifts campaign launched by a national health charity.
Leigh is a steadfast advocate for the indispensable role non-profits play in identifying the need for and producing positive social change. Leigh’s early life experiences instilled in her a strong sense of justice and fed her passion for the rights of children, especially ensuring that every child has a voice as it relates to their future. She is inspired by the opportunities for cross-sector partnerships led by Children First Canada to be an unrelenting force for children’s health and well-being, to inspire action in others, and to make Canada the best place in the world for children to grow up.©
Leigh holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Health from Queen’s University and in 2021 she will graduate from the University of St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto with a Graduate Diploma in Social Responsibility and Sustainability.
Leigh grew up in Toronto and New York City and now lives in the suburbs with her husband, daughter and son. In her spare time, Leigh enjoys traveling with her family, walking the Waterfront Trail, skiing, redecorating, and reading anything related to human behaviour, mental health, personal growth, and organizational psychology.