An Interview with Cameron Dearlove by Hanan Awaad
A famous face and name in the Region of Waterloo – Ontario ; Cameron Dearlove is an A-Class community builder. Dearlove is entangled in the community through his professional position and his many voluntary involvements in community organisations and grassroots groups.
Opportunity, inclusion, engagement, community, empathy, and earnestness are some of his favourite words. Dearlove is one man on a mission, driven by his values of inclusion, collaboration, respect, and equity. Dearlove lives in downtown Kitchener with his partner Jenny, and his daughter Edith that has a smile that makes the sun shine, and his beloved hound, Sammy.
Q. Your resume include many positions in the not-for-profit sector, why have you selected your career path in the not-for-profit sector?
I am so fortunate to work in the not-for-profit sector. Every day, with each task I am working on, my focus is always on how I can help to make our community, and the lives of people in it, better. It’s not hard to stay motivated when each day you have an opportunity to make someone’s life a little better.
Q. You define yourself as a community developer, what do you hope to accomplish in your community?
The organisation that I’m privileged to work for, Facile Waterloo Region, has just adopted a new vision statement: “Waterloo Region is a community where everyone belongs – where we value meaningful relationships, honour choices and dreams, and celebrate the uniqueness of each person.”
I think this articulates my goals in my community better than I ever could. A community where everyone belongs? Where everyone has the opportunity to be healthy, happy, and connected? If I can move the needle just a little towards this vision, then I will feel very successful in my career.
Originally posted 2016-04-25 17:56:06.