Rebecca White has a special love for humanity and learned at a young age that no matter how big or small the effort, philanthropy can help change the world.
Growing up in Monastery, Nova Scotia, White’s mother taught her and her four older sisters the importance of being involved in their community since they were born.
“My mother was involved in the community, and she encouraged all of my sisters and I to be, as well,” she said.
“The Terry Fox Run was probably the first event I went to when I was about three months old. My mother was the coordinator. While growing up, we were always part of church, school, and sports-based fundraisers.”
After White finished high school, she enrolled at the University of Dalhousie to obtain a degree in chemical engineering. In 2011, she moved to Calgary to start her career at ATCO, where she became heavily involved in ATCO’s employee run annual giving campaign.
In 2014, she chaired the campaign, which raised over $1 million for various charities across the world. Two years ago, she moved to Fort McMurray to take on the role of District Operations Manager for ATCO’s Natural Gas Division.
Today, she continues to volunteer regularly whether it’s part of ATCO’s efforts or volunteering at various events in Fort McMurray including Hope in the Dark, the ATC Cultural Festival, CIBC’s Run for the Cure, the Fort McMurray Food Festival to name a few.
“I’ve met some of my best friends and been able to have fun with both friends and family through volunteering,” she shared. “Every event or fundraiser starts with a small idea and has the potential to change people’s lives. I love being a part of that.”