Penelope has had a diverse working background in her 66 years, from working on farms in the summers as a teenager, to 25 years working in management for a large corporation on the west coast of Canada. Of all her various responsibilities, Event Manager was her true passion. In addition, she participated with various organizations on a volunteer basis.
She has been an investor in The Hunger Project for over 25 years. What has kept her committed to this particular organization is its’ unquestionable commitment to empowering/supporting people to create their own ideas and initiatives for their community’s sustainability and growth. For her, The Hunger Project comes from a trust in people's ability. For them to identify what is inherently missing in their particular culture or community, what’s needed to correct that, and being in action to have it happen.
“There are times when it’s appropriate to help/rescue people, like throwing them a rope if they’ve fallen off a cliff. However, this approach is too often used when dealing with people and their circumstances. It does not bring about long term solutions.”