From Camp Counsellor to Multi-Million Dollar Fundraiser: The Power of Networking

Friday, March 8, 2024 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm EST (GMT -05:00)
Melanie Osmond

From Camp Counsellor to Multi-Million Dollar Fundraiser: The Power of Networking

Do you need some tangible career tips for starting your career journey? Unsure of what networking means and "how to do it"? Are you interested in too many things and unsure how to narrow your focus to find a career? Join Melanie as she dives through her journey from KI student to award winning fundraiser and everything in between and how who she met along the way helped her get to where she is today. This seminar will include a hands on session on building your own work/life puzzle to help in managing your next step.

Melanie Osmond (she/her) has a passion for creating experiences to bring the community together. She says her goal in life is to “enable others to succeed” and strives to do this every day both in and out of work. A BKI Grad of 2016, Melanie then went on to complete a Graduate Certificate of Event Management at Conestoga College. Since completing her schooling, she has found herself in a variety of roles including Camp Administration and Leadership, Conference and Award Show Logistics, and now, in the not-profit sector, serves as the Officer of Events & Community Partnerships at the Southlake Foundation. The most recent Southlake Gala received the “Top Fundraising Event” Award at the 2023 Canadian Event Awards, raising over $4M to support cancer care in the community.

When she isn’t working, you can find Melanie volunteering, as Chapter Advisor for the Toronto Chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi, and as a leader for Embers – a branch of Girl Guides. She strives to support the next generation in their personal and professional development. She continues her own education while working towards industry designations. She’s an avid traveler, having visited over 30 countries, and enjoys rock climbing.

This seminar is open to the public: all undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, visitors are welcome to attend. If you are a prospective high school student and would like to attend this seminar, please contact to plan your visit!