Ottawa-Gatineau Youth Foundation (@OGYF) President and CEO, Danielle Robinson, announced today that Monique Washnuk has joined the charity as the Director of Donor Engagement and Fundraising. “We are thrilled to have Monique join the staff team in this new role in our Foundation,” said Robinson. “We are confident that the Ottawa-Gatineau Youth Foundation and its various stakeholders will benefit hugely from Monique’s depth of educational, fundraising and professional experience”.
Monique, a bilingual, long time resident of Quebec, holds a Masters in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership, an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Recreation & Business and Therapeutic Recreation, and is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE). Committed to lifelong learning, Monique leads Ottawa’s CFRE study group as an active volunteer and member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Ottawa Chapter. She is a seasoned fundraising professional with more than 15 years of experience. Most recently Monique held director level fundraing roles at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation and University of Ottawa in the Faculty of Law.
“Monique’s passion for establishing a culture of philanthropy within organizations, together with her sincere desire to be an agent for change in breaking down barriers which have been preventing young people from reaching their full potential, will strengthen our capabilities as an organization,” said Ian Sherman, Partner & Tax Practice Market Leader for EY in Ottawa and the newly appointed Chair of the Ottawa-Gatineau Youth Foundation’s Board of Directors.
On October 28, 2020, after more than two decades as the Ottawa Senators Foundation, the Ottawa-Gatineau Youth Foundation launched operations under its new name and brand. The mission of the Ottawa-Gatineau Youth Foundation is to empower young people to realize their full potential with engagement in physical & mental wellness activities, post-secondary education studies, and opportunities to lead social justice actions within their communities. The Foundation has a 22-year history and has granted more than $35 million to nearly 400 charities in eastern Ontario and western Quebec.
“I’m delighted and honoured to join the Ottawa-Gatineau Youth Foundation at this critical time,” said Washnuk. “I look forward to working in close collaboration with likeminded partners, community stakeholders, donors and champions who want to continue to build on the Foundation’s legacy and work together to nurture and invest in the next generation of change makers in our region”.