Congratulations to Kathleen Cymek – Recipient of the Kevin Allen Scholarship for Excellence in Fundraising at Humber College
“I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.”
- George Bernard Shaw
The Kevin Allen Scholarship was established in his memory to recognize and financially support a student who conveys the same commitment, hard work and enthusiasm that he brought to fundraising. Kevin had a passion for fundraising and a generous heart; he helped people at every opportunity. One of the main reasons he became a fundraising professional was that he found helping non-profit organizations, as well as individuals enormously fulfilling.
Giving back to the community and making a difference in the lives of others is precisely what Kevin Allen and this year’s recipient Kathleen Cymek share.
Kathleen’s interest in fundraising began at a young age, when she had the opportunity to participate in various fundraising campaigns, which was an initiation to face-to-face fundraising techniques that eventually led to a passion for helping others. As a university student, she became involved with a host of campus-wide activities, including volunteer coaching and teaching the fundamentals of baseball and sportsmanship to young people.
Subsequently, this experience led to her involvement with the Canadian Dominican Ray of Hope (a registered Canadian Charity founded to provide aid for orphaned children with physical and mental disabilities in the Dominican Republic). Kathleen continues to play a leading volunteer role in their administration and fundraising activities and is currently the youngest member to sit on their Board.
Throughout her time at Humber, Kathleen expanded her fundraising portfolio through leadership roles as Launch Chair for the Movember campaign, as well as Community Relations Lead for an event launched to raise funds for STEP (Safer Tomorrows through Education & Play) raising a combined total of over $70,000.
At present time, Kathleen is working at the Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division as a Leadership Philanthropy Intern. The education, skills and experiences developed so far through the Fundraising & Volunteer Management post-graduate program have been instrumental to her continuous growth as a fundraiser.
Everyone at The Goldie Company extends their heartfelt congratulations to Kathleen, and wishes her every success as she embarks on her fundraising career!