Cady Corman, marketing and communications manager at Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North, has received $808 through the Comox Valley Community Foundation’s Professional Development Grant to go towards one course in her BA in Professional Communication program at Royal Roads University.
“I was so grateful to receive monetary support towards my degree from the Comox Valley Community Foundation. I want to help Habitat for Humanity make an even greater impact in the Comox Valley, and by furthering my education in professional communication, I can bring new skills and ideas to our organization,” explains Cady. “Almost every course I have taken through this program has been directly applicable to my job at Habitat, and I feel lucky to be able to contribute to a cause I feel passionately about.”
Cady also plans to use her newfound communication skills to give back to other nonprofits on the North Island.
“Because the Comox Valley Community Foundation is generously helping me with my education, I want to pay it back to the community by using the skills I’m learning in this program to volunteer with other local charities. I think this grant is an amazing way for the Community Foundation to support nonprofits, who don’t always have the funds or resources to pay for training for their employees.”
Cady started out on a three-month contract as a grant writer at Habitat before being offered the permanent marketing and communications position. She is completing her BA in Professional Communication through a program offered by Royal Roads University that is geared towards working professionals. The 24–month blended model of the BA in Professional Communication program has been developed to meet the needs of students who wish to continue their employment, while completing their third and fourth years of a bachelor’s degree. The blended program is delivered through online learning and on-campus residencies, a two-week on-campus residency at the beginning of each year (with the rest of the program delivered online).