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Marie McLennan

Marie McLennan

Hi! I’m Marie and I’m the Associate Director of Philanthropy here at Streets Alive Mission!

I am responsible for all aspects of Fund Development, Donor Relations and Communications, and Marketing. This is the biggest and best part of my job. Our Donors, whether of Time, Talent or Treasure, are a vital part of the work we do at Streets Alive Mission, so much so, in fact, that we couldn’t do any of the work we do without them. I consider it a privilege to be able to spend a good part of my day saying THANK YOU and sharing the stories of our work with them. I am proud of the opportunity to be able to communicate the stories of the work we do to the people who make it possible TO do.

We share God’s love every day at Streets Alive Mission in a very tangible way to our clients. The Team on the front lines make a real impact. They know & love our clients deeply, and sharing their stories of how God has worked through them is extremely humbling.

Stepping into the non-profit arena for work has proven to be a most excellent fit for me.  I have always felt that I have a very weird and odd assortment of gifts. They never really “went” together. I have had many satisfying jobs in my life, but none that used more than a couple of gifts at one time.

Coming to work at Streets Alive Mission has brought all my gifts together. This is why God brought me to Lethbridge. I use all of my gifts, every day! Communication skills, creativity, this weird ability I have to come up with ideas, relationship skills, business acumen, all of it.

It has given me a sense of peace and fulfillment that I have never known.

The development of those skills and gifts in my life would not have been possible without my biggest hero – my Mom. She was an amazing woman who always put her family first. She established a work ethic in my Sister and I that have made us formidable to say the least, but most importantly, my Mom instilled in us a sense of independence and confidence that has brought both of us through many tough times. I lost her over 20 years ago, but I still miss her every day and I think she would be proud of who I am and how I have raised my kids.

When I was recently asked, “What is something that’s quirky about you?”  my first response was, “Oh Heavens!! What isn’t!!! LOL!”

My family has always teased me that I am the Webster definition of quirky!! (And I’m OK with that!) I have a ludicrous sense of humour. I love FUN!!!

I am usually at home digging in the dirt in my garden or sitting in front of a roaring fire, either in the back yard or in my living room.  I recharge when I am out in God’s creation – that is when I can hear him the clearest. I also enjoy quiet time with my family, although when I get all my family together, quiet is the last reference that would be appropriate!!