Jennifer is the person who coordinates the United Way Campaign and it's a big job. She's been recognized for doing an amazing job of working with hundreds of businesses, volunteers and media partners to raise funds for the United Way's Community Partners. A big thank you goes out to Jennifer for all she's done for the community.
We asked Jennifer the following questions:
What is your name?
Where do you work?
Where can people find you or your business online?
How do people connect with you on Linkedin?
Jennifer (Deverill) Park
What do you always find yourself saying?
I am not sure I say anything all the time. I will certainly be paying attention now though.
If you could spend one whole day with anyone in the world who is currently alive, who would you select?
Kevin O'Leary from the Dragon's Den. I would love to find out what makes him tick, if he is as stubborn and outspoken as he is on TV, and learn some tips about being successful.
If you were to receive any existing public award, what award would you like to win?
Nobel Peace Prize
If you could spend a day with any historical figure, who would you choose?
Who inspires you?
My sister. She is an amazingly strong person that has an uncanny ability to do 1000 things at once. She is a wonderful dedicated mother of three that always seems so calm and collected. She is honest, hard-working and my best friend.
What are 3 things on your bucket list?
Hold a tarantula (I am deathly afraid of spiders and I would like to overcome it)
See a puffin in real life
Visit the Galapagos Islands
If you had an enormous yacht, what would you name it?
The Missy Moo. This was my daughter's first nickname and my husband and I both thought it would be a great name for a boat.
If you could foresee a single day of your future in its entirety, what date would you select?
The day my daughter will graduate. I would love to see what type of person she will have turned into. It will be a very proud day.
What are you passionate about?
Life in general. I am very fortunate to be living in such a gorgeous place. I have amazing family and friends and I get to go to work everyday knowing that I am making a difference, regardless of how big or small that difference may be.
I found out when I was young that I had many health issues and had a very strong support system that helped me through. I now have the opportunity to give back, both through my career as well as in my volunteer positions and am grateful that I have the ability to affect the lives of people in my community.
What has been your favourite day of your life, up to this point?
Definitely the day my husband and I met our daughter for the first time. We adopted her when she was three years old. I remember visiting her foster parents house and seeing her walk around the corner for the first time. I will never forget the smile on her face, or her saying hello for the first time. Then she took my hand and wanted to give me a tour of the house and introduced me to everyone. I couldn't believe that the moment had arrived that we were finally parents, and how perfect she was for our family. It is a moment that I will never forget.
What has been your proudest accomplishment?
There are many things that I am proud of that I have accomplished in my life. To sum it up, I am proud that I am at a point in my life where I am really happy. I am happily married, a have adopted my amazing daughter, and have bought a house and turned it into a home for our family. Add in that I live in one of the most gorgeous places in Canada, and it really doesn't get much better.
If you were trapped in an elevator with several wealthy investors from any field, which field would you want them to be experts in? What would say to them/talk about?
It doesn't matter so long as I can talk to them about how the United Way helps better our community and convince them to give a gift to our campaign.
Where is your favourite place to dine in Kelowna?
The Cabana Grille
What is your favourite activity in Kelowna?
If I could change 1 thing about Kelowna, it would be:
Tourism is a great part of the city but many things close over the winter. I wish more activities and businesses were open year round. This goes for the entire Okanagan Valley.
What do you think makes Kelowna great?
Amazing Wineries, Gorgeous Scenery, Fabulous Lakes, Lots of summer and winter activities close by...the list is endless.
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