#MemberMonday: Suzanne Tilley

Suzanne Tilley, Treasurer

Why I became a member of the 100+ Women Northumberland

As a fatherless child growing up in poverty there were not many supports for my mother who was left to raise 8 children alone.  Growing up with the stigmatization of being poor and being raised in row housing, I personally know the importance of the local non-profits and how far they need to stretch their budget to assist families like mine.

I remember the Food Baskets and Christmas Presents that we received along the way from the local Food Bank and the army of woman it took putting those baskets together. Times have changed since the 1970’s yet we still have so many areas of our community underfinanced and underserved. Seeing the agencies and non-profits no matter what sector they are supporting gives me great pride that while I don’t have a ton of money financially, I can still provide my time and some financial support.

As a local business owner and Mom of two kids now moving into university and their careers, I still have that yearning to “pay it forward”.   I still need to teach my children the values of community support and volunteering. We only have one opportunity to leave a legacy. Mine will be to lead by example.  

Lastly, I get to partner with some amazing women in Northumberland County and the surrounding areas.  Truly, the honour is mine.

 

Suzanne Tilley

#membermonday #thepowerof100 #womensphilanthropy

 

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