Session 8 – Tuesday June 27 2023

Finance & Fundraising: How much will you need,
where will you get it, and what are the rules?
  • Courtney Clarke

    Courtney Clarke (she/her) spends her professional life fighting financial crime at Verafin. Chairing Violence Prevention Avalon East until January 2023, Courtney helped create Unsafe at Home; a domestic abuse support platform, coordinating resources for more than 100 individuals isolated with abusers during the first two COVID waves. From there, she worked with Violence Prevention to run a program with Spirit Horse NL which provided free equestrian-based counselling to 500+ survivors, called Stable & Safe.

    Co-Chairing Equal Voice NL, Courtney helps women and gender diverse individuals get elected to all levels of government. Through this role, she also sits on the Premier’s Roundtable for Gender Equity. In January 2022, she helped Equal Voice co-author a study on sexual harassment in Canada’s Legislative Assemblies for the Justice of Canada.

    Recently re-elected for her second term as a Director of the Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union (NLCU), Courtney represents the financial interests of 20,000+ members across the province. Passionate about accessibility, Courtney singlehandedly fundraised over $1-million dollars towards accessibility advancements across all regions of NL, 2019-2021.

    In 2015, Courtney was named one of HSBC’s Top 50 Women Leaders of Tomorrow and was recipient of the Gwyn Morgan National Award for Principled Leadership. Courtney was also the recipient of the 2020 Memorial University Alumni Tribute Award for Outstanding Community Service and Rotary’s Aidan Maloney Young Professionals Award.

    In October 2022, Courtney was profiled as one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada by the North American Women’s Executive Network for Community Impact, and in January 2023, Courtney was appointed to the Provincial Advisory Council on the Status of Women for the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Guest Speakers:

  • Kristina Ennis

    Kristina is a member of the People Stuff team and is a Senior HR Partner | Business Development Manager, and is a Director with the St. John’s Board of Trade Board of Directors.

    In 2018 she co-chaired the ExxonMobil United Way Campaign which raised over $200,000, and was awarded the Emerging Young Professional award at the St. John’s Board of Trade Business Excellence Awards. She is Events Director with NL Cheerleading Athletics, an organization with over 400 members, and Treasurer with the Oilfield Technical Society.

    Kristina is President Elect of the Rotary Club of St. John’s East, and is the youngest recipient of a Paul Harris Fellow in the clubs 25+ year history. She has co-chaired conferences, planned fundraising events and community service projects, mentoring the Rotaract Club of St. John’s, and is a past president of the Rotaract Club of St. John’s. Outside of the club, Kristina is past public image chair for Atlantic Canada and St. Pierre, and is a Rotary Zone 28 Public Image Mentor providing training and tools to clubs across North Eastern North America to enable communities to thrive.

    Kristina graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) Co-op with a concentration in HR and Labour Relations from Memorial University in 2014, and is passionate about inclusion and diversity. Kristina also ran in the 2021 Provincial Election for St. John’s West.
  • Ashley Power-Stack: Bio TBA.
  • MHA Helen Conway Ottenheimer

    Helen Conway Ottenheimer (JD) was born and raised in Marysvale. She was elected to the House of Assembly as the Member for Harbour Main on May 16, 2019 and re-elected in the 2021 provincial general election. Prior to becoming a MHA, Helen graduated from Memorial University with a Political Science degree and Detroit College of Law with a Law degree. She practised Criminal Law and Human Rights Law for 17 years and teaches law at Canadian universities including Memorial University. She currently resides with her husband, John Ottenheimer in Marysvale.