When I moved to New Hamburg, ON in 2007, I discovered a town with a strong sense of community. It encourages residents to play an active role, which isn't something I've seen anywhere else I've lived. Partly because of the social aspects of community involvement, this has been - and continues to be - an enriching experience for me.
I am currently serving my third two-year term on the executive of the New Hamburg Board of Trade, and I'm the organization's marketing director, both of which are volunteer positions. I redesigned the organization's logos and two websites.
I support the Board of Trade's community events by donating design work for the annual Santa Claus Parade, Sidewalk Sale Day, and Canada Day Duck Race.
After the devastating local floods in the winter of 2008, I served as vice-chair of the New Hamburg Flood Relief Fund, which raised $60,000.00 to assist those whose homes were affected.
I also donated a logo and advertising designs for the town's 150th anniversarycelebrations, as well as the annual New Hamburg Santa Claus Parade.
Whenever possible, I donate my services free of charge - or at a greatly reduced rate - to local non-profits and charities.
I've designed, developed and hosted the website for the New Hamburg Lionesses' Welcome Home Toursince its inception in 2008.
So that I could become involved in the local political process, I donated a website and other design services to the campaign of Wilmot mayoral candidate, Paul Knowles.
I supported local arts and culture with a free website and hosting for the Harry Potter Festival.