Lindsey passionate about making a difference

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Lindsey Bradbury with Debbie Parsons, long-time United Way volunteer with Suncor.


One of our longest serving staff members at United Way is Lindsey Bradbury. In her years with the organization, she has filled multiple roles and has always demonstrated a level of commitment and passion for making a difference that inspired the entire team.

Q. How long have you been working with The United Way and what are the various positions you’ve held over the years? What is your current role?

Lindsey: I have been working at United Way for 6 years in various roles. In January of 2009 I applied for the Administrative Assistant role, craving some experience in the social profit world. Diane and Maryellen made the interview process so comfortable for me (which hadn’t been the case in previous interviews). I left that process feeling very excited, thinking I had a great shot at getting the job. One week later, Diane called me and offered me the role of Campaign and Community Programs Assistant. It was an excellent starting point. I learned all about the Community Campaign, the community investment process, and was able to help out Maryellen with finances when needed.

A year later I moved into a newly created role: Community Building Coordinator. With my BA in Community Economic Development this was a perfect fit; I was very happy with my new role as well as nervous. Over the next three years there was a huge shift in the community investment process, how the committee looked and worked. In June of 2012, the role evolved into the Director of Community Investment and we added a second staff person in this area, which enabled our agency support teams to work more directly with the agencies.

After my maternity leave, I was excited to return to the United Way to work part-time as the Community Impact Liaison, a role that allows me the opportunity to continue to grow professionally, as well as give me the time I need with my new family.

Q. Did you know as a young person that you had a passion for working in the social profit sector, or was this something you discovered when you arrived in Fort McMurray?

Lindsey: My intent throughout my post-secondary learning was a career in community corrections or some type of criminal justice role. However, my second work placement was in a community centre, a neighborhood centre supported by Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation providing recreational, health, social and vocational programs to more than 450 people. This opportunity had a major impact on my career goal, and I will be forever grateful for it.

Q. Aside from raising your daughter, what do you enjoy doing outside of work?

Lindsey: I love spending time with family and friends. And shall I point out the obvious: that spring is almost here? I love the outdoor spaces we get to enjoy in Fort McMurray.

Q. We will soon be making a major move to Shell Place. How do you feel about pulling up stakes and going into a brand new facility?

Lindsey: I’m looking forward to the new adventures that lie ahead at Shell Place. We’ll have a bigger “flock” to learn from and collaborate with, and being at MacDonald Island will be amazing.


Author: Russell Thomas

​Russell is a marketing and communications professional who has spent 20 years in Wood Buffalo working with the OK Radio Group, Keyano College, Arts Council Wood Buffalo, and now with The United Way of Fort McMurray. A regular blogger, Russell's writing can be seen online ( and in multiple publications. His paintings can be seen in homes and businesses throughout the community. Married to Heather and "Papa" to Dylan and Ben, Russell is a passionate spokesperson for United Way.