Monica and Cecilly at their match meeting

Monica and Cecilly at their match meeting


Each year we present the Spark Outstanding Pro Bono Award at the Volunteer Manitoba Awards. We look forward to this day because it gives us a chance to recognize one of our volunteers and the impact their work has had on the community, as well as celebrate volunteerism throughout Manitoba.  

A number of organizations we worked with this year nominated their Spark volunteer and wished to recognize them for their fantastic leadership and coordination, the outcome and impact of the match on the organization’s work, the depth and quality of their expertise, and their commitment to doing pro bono work for a stronger Winnipeg.

For the months of March and April, until the the awards night, we are celebrating these nominees for the Spark Outstanding Pro Bono Award, and their contributions to their community through a series of volunteer profiles.  

Today we are profiling Cecilly Hildebrand


The Jubilee Fund needed help finding a pro bono photographer


The Jubilee Fund, a local nonprofit that provides “loan guarantees and bridge financing to non-profit community projects focused on reducing poverty and financial exclusion in Manitoba”, approached Spark while they were in the midst of refreshing their marketing materials.  They were wanting to include professional photos showcasing some of their projects into their brochures, website, and social media and wanted help finding a photographer to take on the project pro bono.  

We reached out to Cecilly Hildebrand.

An accomplished photographer, Cecilly is also the Executive Director of Candace House, a nonprofit that aims to “provide a safe and comforting day refuge for victims and survivors of crime navigating the court process”.  Although photography is no longer her main focus she approached Spark in 2016 wanting to volunteer this particular skill set.  

We’ve made two matches with Cecilly and Candace House in the past, the most recent being a mentorship with Jackie Hogue  that culminated with Jackie being nominated for the Spark Outstanding Pro Bono Award last year. 

The opportunity to work with a volunteer, like Cecilly, who has worked on both the organizational and volunteer sides of a Spark match is always interesting as they bring a unique dual perspective and knowledge to the match.  Monica Dueck, Fund Development Manager of The Jubilee Fund, agrees, saying that Cecilly’s “experience with building a nonprofit from scratch helped her understand Jubilee Fund” and that it  “helped her capture the types of photos we needed for our new marketing materials.” 


4 projects in 1 day


After some coordination, a plan was made to visit 4 Jubilee Fund projects in one day.

While onsite, Cecilly displayed excellent leadership and “ensured with each location we visited that all angles were captured, all landmarks were captured, and all people were captured that were intended to be.”

Cecilly “also outdid herself with editing.  The turnaround for photos was quicker than requested.  She also offered to not only provide us with regular edited photos, she offered to send each photo to us with multiple optional edits.


Exactly what they envisioned


The final product was exactly what the Jubilee Fund envisioned, with their new photos and refreshed marketing materials, the Jubilee Fund aims to “inform [their] current supporters about the work [they] do and gain new supporters.”

Thank you, Cecilly for your outstanding work with the Jubilee Fund! 


Interested in reading other nominees’ stories? Check out S3 Interior Design Inc, and Gabriela Chavez Regato here.