Pat wrote her first letter to an elected official when she was eight, so it is not surprising that she began her career on Parliament Hill. From 1981 to 1988, she worked for her hometown Member of Parliament and two federal cabinet ministers before joining the staff of YMCA Canada as Director of Government Relations.
Almost thirteen years later, Pat left the YMCA with an indispensable collection of experiences from local, national and international assignments. Since 2000, she’s worked independently as a consultant to nonprofit leaders responsible for mature organizations facing adaptive challenges. She joined the Atkinson Charitable Foundation as Senior Advisor in 2014.
From 2007 to 2012, Pat was a Metcalf Foundation Innovation Fellow. The George Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundation gives seasoned nonprofit leaders “the opportunity to investigate ideas, models and practices that have the potential to lead to transformational change.” Her research explores the connections between vocational, organizational and civic renewal. Pat was a Visiting Scholar at Massey College (University of Toronto) from 2009 to 2012. She published two papers during this time:
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