Gillian Cuthbert has been a member of the Sunshine Squad for 3 years as an Ambassador for the Children’s Foundation. In this role, Gillian represents the Foundation at community events by promoting its programs and services. She is passionate about increasing both public awareness of the Foundation and understanding of its goals. She also volunteers at many of the Foundation’s events, including Trees for Tots and the annual Around the World Gala.
Gillian’s personal philosophy of “helping the community” also clearly shines through in her professional life. In her position as Senior Relationship Manager at Meridian Credit Union, Gillian builds relationships with community partners, including many local non-profit agencies. For instance, Meridian sponsored a family for the Foundation’s Adopt-A-Family program. Gillian devotes her time to educating children about financial literacy, a crucial topic that is not always explained to young people in detail. Gillian also provides support and mentoring for women in business through Innovation Guelph.
Originally from the United Kingdom, Gillian lived in Spain with her husband and children for three years before moving to Guelph nine years ago. She appreciates the strong sense of community Guelph has to offer. “The Guelph community is the most collaborative of any place I’ve ever lived,” says Gillian. Volunteering also brings Gillian’s family closer together, as her husband, daughter, and son often join her. Gillian says volunteering gives her a “warm and fuzzy feeling.”
We feel so honoured to work alongside such a dedicated and caring volunteer. Thank you, Gillian, for all that you do!