Volunteer Perspectives

Volunteer Perspectives

Meet our incredible volunteers. Read their perspectives.
Learn how they positively impact Pink Pearl Foundation.

Meet Sarah Andrews
Scholarship & Family Support Day Co-ordinator

Education:
University of Windsor – Bachelor of Arts in Honours Psychology and Women’s Studies
Niagara College – Social Service Work, 2nd Year Student

Career:
Women’s Advocate at the YWCA

Hometown:
Fenwick, Ontario

I joined Pink Pearl Foundation because…

I joined Pink Pearl because my grandmother has beaten breast cancer twice in my life time. I love surrounding myself with women who are strong and persevere through anything that life throws at them.

I am most proud of…

I am most proud of maintaining my high average in school, while working 25+ weeks and volunteering with Pink Pearl and volunteering at schools with helping kids learn how to read.

My hero is..

My heroes are my grandmother and my mother. (The picture is with my grandmother)

Meet Laura Blinkhorn
Public Relations, Media Relations & Partnerships Manager

Education:
Seneca College – Post-Graduate in Corporate Communications
Brock University – Honours Bachelor of Tourism Administration

Career:
Senior Communications Advisor, Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (Government of Canada)

Hometown:
Thorold, Ontario

I joined Pink Pearl Foundation because…

I’ve known our Founder Elise since we were young. I’ve attended many Black & White fundraising events with friends over the years, and left feeling inspired by Elise’s survival story and vision. I decided to use my strengths in communications and media relations to help spread the fantastic work of Pink Pearl Foundation in my spare time!

I am most proud of…

Personally: I am most proud of my 2.5 year-old and 11 month-old little boys, Callum and Haddon.
Professionally: I am proud to have had the privilege of planning and executing the first funding announcement for the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau in January 2016 at the University of Waterloo.

My hero is..

My hero is my lovely friend currently battling melanoma. I’m in awe of her always, but especially in awe of her in the face of cancer. She’s a supermom to her sweet 2-year-old girl, a devoted wife, and a truly selfless friend… all while balancing treatment and the unexpected tribulations of a cancer diagnosis.

Dedicated And Devoted (DAD Tribute)

A dad is someone you can lean on, who inspires you to be your best self. Our dad, George, is just that and so much more. Through Elise’s diagnosis and journey through ovarian cancer, our dad was there whenever we needed talk (with our mom too), and he continues to show strength and support for us in all that we do.

Years ago, when Elise first announced she wanted to give back to Juravinski Cancer Centre and host our annual fundraising event, he (nor we!) ever thought Pink Pearl could become the organization it is today, helping hundreds of young women and their families through cancer. With each and every program and event he attends, his eyes light up and his face grows proud. Now, as a Pink Pearl Foundation Advisory Board Member, our dad is taking on a larger role within the Foundation. We couldn’t be more excited for him to be part of our growing team.

Happy Father’s Day to you, Dad – we love you!

Elise Gasbarrino, Founder, Pink Pearl Foundation
Melaina Gasbarrino, VP Programs and Communications, Pink Pearl Foundation