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Her Story

Hannah Routly

Manager of Stewardship, Donor and Volunteer Relations - Trent University

Hannah's Story :

My career in the charitable sector is 19 years and counting.

For the sake of a good cause I have ran, walked, skipped, cycled and crawled, been in a dunk tank, donned mascot outfits, built outdoor ball hockey rinks, woke up at 3am to set up walk events, canvassed door-to-door in February, and wore a variety of costumes.

This was not the career of my childhood dreams!   My younger career ambitions morphed from writer to psychologist to engineer to accountant, this was the career that found me.

Growing up in a rural area, my childhood was virtually idyllic with pets and goats and cottage weekends.  The charm of a small-town life faded with my teenage years and I ‘escaped’ to attend the University of Toronto after high school graduation.  I chose a business degree in the co-op program mainly to break up 4 years of school and get paid.  After work placements in the financial, computer and government sectors, I was keen to find a job I would love.

I chose a nonprofit path with spending my first 15 years with Share the Warmth, the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Health Services Foundation in Peterborough.  Then I landed a dream job at Trent University as the Manager of Stewardship, Donor and Volunteer Relations for Trent University.

I jokingly call myself the ‘Captain of Gratitude’.

Outside of work I remain engaged in the charitable sector, being a part of Rotary, Kairos Non-Profit Housing of Peterborough, the Peterborough Fundraising Network association and the MS Society.

Working for a charity is highly rewarding and also challenging.

How do I plan to survive another 20 years?

I honed an ability to say no, keep a healthy skepticism, yoga, and laughter.