As an Earth Sciences undergraduate student, Leslie Dunning (BSc Earth Sciences ’77) volunteered regularly with the Canadian Red Cross. She intended to stay involved as a volunteer after graduation, but the opportunity of a position with the international humanitarian organization was irresistible. More than 36 years later she retired, having served in ten different positions. As a Director General she championed many Canadian Red Cross initiatives, including Aboriginal engagement, online learning and cross-cultural training.
Leslie engaged with and mentored staff and volunteer leaders at many not-for-profit organizations, especially those working to advance the safety and well-being of children and youth. Additionally, she provided volunteer leadership with sport and music organizations; she believes in the values which sport and music can help instill in young people.
A life-long learner, she developed association governance and management skills through formal and informal education, earned an MBA, and became a Certified Management Accountant (CPA, CMA).