I still remember when I prayed for the things I have now
There was a time when I was a member of the working poor. Every day, I considered using the food bank but was too vain. I was a single mom, trying to make a viable career out of my passion and my purpose. Every day was a struggle.
For some reason though, I still tried to give change to people on the street, I donated to the causes at the grocery store cashier, and gave $20 to anyone who solicited door-to-door.
I would remind myself that I was still better off than so many people. I had a roof over my head, a car to get around in and people who loved me. I live in Canada, where there are few natural disasters and plenty of free health care.
Fast forward 12 years to today; where the title under my name tag reads ‘Major Donor, United for Major Impact’. I was invited as a special guest to attend the President’s Series at United Way of Calgary and Area.
I am so proud of my personal journey: of what I’ve learned and who I’ve become. It is really in sticking to my dreams, standing by my convictions and believing the path less travelled was my true north, that I am where I am today.