Coralie JacobsSenior Development Officer - Easter Seals Ontario
Coralie's Story :
You would think being told to talk about yourself would be an easy task….. I just don’t know where to begin !!
Okay, “the basics”, here we go!
I grew up in Peterborough, a proud Lady Eaton Grad from Omemee, to full spirited Crestwood Mustang.
I went to University and travelled the world, to find myself right back here where I belong; Peterborough, Ontario.
I married the guy who’s locker was beside mine in Grade 9. Mike Jacobs, probably the smartest decision I ever made. I’m a Mom first, it’s the best job I’ve ever had. We have two awesome girls who are funny little people, eager to learn, kind, sweet and thoughtful most of the time. Their first love is hockey, they are both Peterborough Ice Kats, so we are at the arena ALOT.
Right about 8 years ago, I was looking to shake things up in my life a bit, I felt like I was running around on the hamster wheel, not really making an impact. On a whim, I applied for a posting with Easter Seals Ontario as their Senior Development Officer. I had no background in fundraising, and didn’t really know the product, but I had strong community connections, and lots of keen energy to learn. Well, I’ve since learned the product, and I couldn’t be more lucky, to work for our Easter Seals families. I help kids with physical disabilities succeed. I strive to increase awareness, acceptance and accessibility for our kids.
This is an incredibly rewarding job. The upside is truly, knowing that I’m making a difference. Our efforts, in event planning and fundraising really pays off. I know it, because I get to see it happening, sending kids to accessible camps, and providing them with needed mobility equipment every day. Our Easter Seals families are the most amazing humans out there, sharing their blessing with us, helping us see the ability in disability.
Peterborough, and area, (which includes Haliburton, Northumberland, City of Kawartha Lakes and Durham), baffles me with their unwavering support and continued generosity for what we are doing.
I’m thrilled that I have the family that I have, and I’ve had great success with my work, space to grow and the freedom to learn.
I consider myself lucky, but I do work hard. What’s next? I have no idea! I feel like I’m in a pretty fun stage of life, so if it’s okay, I’m just going to ride this wave for a while and enjoy it!