Paula Breau – RBC
Paula was born in Ontario, but spent some time living in Nova Scotia before moving to Moncton at the age of 12. After graduating from Harrison Trimble High School, Paula worked for a clothing store. At this time, the opportunity to return to Ontario arose and Paula found herself working in Toronto, working in the large stores and eventually in the financial department of their head office. She states, “My heart was always back home in Moncton” so she did return home where she worked for Delta Beausejour for 10 years. In 2001, she changed careers and started working for the RBC Contact Centre where she is currently employed in their Online/Digital Banking Department.
Paula has been happily married for 15 years and is the mother to three children. Her daughter is studying to be a Veterinary Technician, and her sons are in high school and middle school. Her father also lives at their home and they have two dogs to fill the house with hussle and bussle.
When asked about her experience with the United Way to date she states, “what I was expecting when I came to the United Way was to help prepare presentations that would be used at various companies to help them with their campaigns. What I am experiencing is far more enriching; I am gaining valuable insight as to how United Way makes a very large impact in our community and how it is making strides to help bridge the gap of services to better our partners. Being able to visit agencies and see first-hand for myself what United Way has given to help a program succeed has been very rewarding”.
Paula’s most memorable moment during her time at United Way was when a guest speaker from an agency came to a corporation with her to deliver a message about how their donations make a difference in their community. Paula says, “To actually see some people well up with tears because they knew that our community is not perfect and that it takes all kinds of support to help those who need it most. It made me feel proud to say that I am helping that agency make the difference.”
Paula adds, “When I was a teenager I had the opportunity to join a not for profit organization that showed me that giving back to the community is very rewarding. What I am hoping to gain from my time with the United Way is how to continue giving back to my community and to show my kids how easy it is. My first hand perspective has allowed me to see where support is needed the most. From here, my family and I will be able to get more involved. “