Grant Winner Returns to School in Pursuit of Executive Leadership Certificate

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Imogen Osborne

In 2018, the Community Foundation of Whistler awarded one of Whistler’s hard-working non-profit sector employees with $3000 toward the Simon Fraser University Executive leadership Certificate.

Imogen Osborne will start in 2019, but we wanted to catch up before she got too busy with school. 

We asked this tutu-sporting twinsie a few questions about her life in the non-profit world . . . and gave her a few silly fill in the blank statements.

Kathy Barnett Leadership Grant

Whistler Arts Council for Imogen Osborne. Simon Fraser University Executive Leadership Certificate. Grant amount $2,500

Bob & Sue Adams Leadership Grant

Whistler Arts Council for Imogen Osborne. Simon Fraser University Executive Leadership Certificate. Grant amount $500

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How did you get started in the non-profit community?

I moved to Whistler in 2014 and knew upon moving here that I wanted to work for Arts Whistler. I started working on the operations crew for the Whistler Street Entertainment program in the summer of 2014, gradually working my way into a part time front of house position, and then into the programming department where I am now producing our signature events such as the Whistler Children's Festival

Throughout my life I have always found great enjoyment being involved in arts and culture non-profit communities. This love for these communities was instilled in me from an early age by my parents and has followed me from there, on to university, and now across the Pacific Ocean to Canada and will stay with me for many years to come.

What do/did you enjoy most about your non-profit position?

In answering this question, I very quickly rattled off a long brainstorm list of things I love about my position. I narrowed it down to just a few. . . 

  1. Variety of work - I am often working concurrently on many different projects for a wide range of demographics so there is always something new and exciting to work on. 
  2. Connections within the community - throughout my almost 5 years with Arts Whistler, I have formed many lasting friendships and professional connections in our community. 
  3. Opportunity for creativity at work - I am very lucky to have a position that calls for creativity, there is always an opportunity to think outside the box. 
  4. Dealing in joy - when I see someone enjoying themselves at an event that I have poured my heart and soul into, it makes the hard work all worthwhile. 

What's your favourite thing about school? Why?

I don't start my certificate program until January 2019 and after a long time searching for the right course I am excited to have found everything I was looking for in the Executive Leadership Certificate at Simon Fraser University. I am most excited to meet the other professionals taking part in the program and look forward to learning unique leadership approaches from my peers and the course presenters throughout the 9-month program. 

What inspired you to keep your education rolling forward?

After finishing grade 12, I pursued a bachelor degree in medical research at the University of Tasmania. Upon graduating, many of my friends continued on to further study in their fields while I decided to make the move to Canada. During my final year of university, I participated in the Vice Chancellors Leadership Program igniting my interest in leadership best practices and how these ever-changing methods are intricately woven into management roles in different organisations. This course was my introduction to leadership as a field of study and is what has inspired my ongoing research in this area. 

Since moving to Canada in 2014, I have continued to feed my interest in leadership through reading books and articles, and researching different leadership courses in the area. I am grateful to have the support of the Community Foundation of Whistler as I embark on the next part of my leadership journey and encourage others to take them up on their granting opportunities.

Next, we asked Imogen to fill in a few blanks 😉

If I could eliminate one daily chore for the rest of my life, I would eliminate washing dirty dishes. 

If I had 6 months without obligations or financial restrictions, I would travel to all the parts of the world I have always wanted to go with no real itinerary or plan.  

If I had to get up at the same time everyday, I would get up at 7am because even though I'm not a morning person I always feel better and more productive throughout my day when I get out of bed early and get the day started.


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Posted on Monday, September 24, 2018