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A passion for community action with Big Brothers Big Sisters

Natasha Wood

Big Brothers Big Sisters Victoria

“I had to apply to be a part of such groundbreaking change and I really wanted to get involved,” she says. “The mission is so powerful.”

Fourth-year business student Natasha Wood never imagined that she’d find a career fit in the world of non-profits. But after transferring from sciences to business, she landed a dream job working with Big Brothers Big Sisters Victoria (BBBSV), an organization that pairs vulnerable youth with mentors and support. “I had to apply to be a part of such groundbreaking change and I really wanted to get involved,” she says. “The mission is so powerful.”

Natasha’s journey to her current program was a winding one, taking her from competitive sports to a combined degree in biology and psychology before she found her love of business. When deciding to change her degree program, Natasha explains that the business program’s mandatory co-op terms were part of what inspired her to apply. “I was unsure about exactly what I wanted to do,” she says. “I thought this was a great opportunity to really explore my passion in real time and get great work experience.”

As a business development associate, Natasha was responsible for a major fundraising project, managing online auctions for donated estates, where 100% of proceeds went to benefit BBBSV’s youth mentoring programs. Taking on the project from start to finish, Natasha used a diverse range of the skills she developed in class, from evaluating donated items for the auction to managing promotions. “Overall, I have been able to explore digital marketing, finance, human resources, and more,” Natasha says, noting that her supervisor, Andrew Reed, offered invaluable guidance as they worked to troubleshoot issues and brainstorm ideas.

During her work term, Natasha discovered strengths and passions that she hopes to carry forward in her career. In addition to managing auctions, Natasha received valuable experience in project management, technology integration, and management accounting.

Natasha plans to continue working with Big Brothers Big Sisters Victoria on a part-time basis as project coordinator and marketing assistant while finishing her BCom. “This work term really highlighted by strengths in organization, multitasking, and design,” she says. As she transitions into her new role, she’s excited to continue exploring project planning and marketing.

“The journey was not easy, but I am happy to say I feel like I am on the road to finding what I am truly passionate about and excel at.”

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