“Winnipeg has a special place in my heart, and I love the idea of using your skills and expertise to actually make a difference and help move the community forward in a positive way” -Rochelle
We at Spark have the opportunity to meet incredibly talented people who want to use their skills to help build a stronger Winnipeg. To celebrate their time and talents we want to shine our spotlight on them. Today we interview sisters Roxanne Tackie and Rochelle Greaves of Story Point Consulting!
What is your professional background?
Roxanne Tackie (RT): I’ve spent over 10 years in the charitable sector working in programming, as an Executive Director, and also in Prospect Research and Donor Stewardship.
Rochelle Greaves (RG): I spent over 10 years working in the financial sector and was able to use my technical knowledge to help measure trends and drive strategic decision making in the various departments I worked in.
How did you learn about Spark?
RT: I learned about Spark while attending the CCEDNet Gathering while working as an Executive Director.
RG: Actually, it was Roxanne who introduced me to Spark back in 2015 when we had our first project together.
What about Spark’s mission appealed to you?
RT: I thought it was an amazing way to build capacity for non-profits, while offering a meaningful volunteer experience for professionals who wanted to give back to the community.
RG: It’s kind of funny. Even though I’ve resided in Ontario for almost 20 years now, I still refer to Winnipeg as home. So Winnipeg has a special place in my heart, and I love the idea of using your skills and expertise to actually make a difference and help move the community forward in a positive way.
How has volunteering impacted your work and/or personal life?
RT: Volunteering has allowed me to learn more about all of the wonderful work that different non-profit organizations are doing in Winnipeg. It also allows me to work with my sister and learn about how our skills can complement each other on each project we work on.
RG: I think volunteering is wonderful! And I think that it almost helps the volunteer as much as the people that they are helping. It’s a great way to get involved in your community, learn about some of the smaller organizations that you may not have heard of and you get to meet some incredible people along the way. I think it’s a win win for everyone involved.
What advice would you give those considering volunteering with Spark?
RT: I would recommend to anyone that Spark is a great organization to work with. The staff is excellent at defining the scope of the project so that it benefits both the organization and the volunteer. We’ve had a great time getting to know the staff at Spark, and the organizations that we’ve worked with. It has been a great experience!
RG: I would say absolutely go for it! You may have a chance to challenge your skills in a different setting and meet some great people.
What’s next for you?
RT & RG: Rochelle and I continue to work together offering training and coaching for non-profit staff who are new to the sector or have not had formal training. We also work on select fund development projects for organizations. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Spark as appropriate projects arise and hope to continue supporting the work of non-profits in Manitoba.
Interested in volunteering your skills with Spark? Checkout our website for more information and let’s set up a time to chat!