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Meet Bahaiyyih Pride!

Meet Bahaiyyih Pride! A Raiser's Edge user with the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.
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Meet Bahaiyyih Pride!
 

This week's Community Corner spotlight shines on Raiser's Edge user, Bahaiyyih Pride, with the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

Bahaiyyih Pride's Community Profile>

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About Bahaiyyih:

Tell us about your family (fur babies count!) "My partner and I share our house with a family friend and his cute dog whom we frequently timeshare and babysit. We are currently looking for another dog so Krissie will have a playmate and so we won’t be tempted to steal her should our friend find the home of his dreams!"
 
Where do you live? "Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada."

What do you like to do for fun? "When I’m not assisting my partner on photoshoots, I love to read, camp, surf, swim, and have recently starting jogging with a girlfriend for an excuse to get together and chat several times a week –oh yeah and to get in shape! I also enjoy cooking and baking and started singing lessons a little while ago – loving it!"

 

What’s a life achievement you are particularly proud of? "I recently earned a diploma graduating in my second language (French) at the post-secondary level. Not having taken French immersion, this for me was a big deal. My goal is to continue learning other languages, currently Swedish and soon Gaelic, but I hope one day I can comfortably write fiction or poetry in French - to me a sign of mastery in a language."

What’s one memory that always makes you smile? "This is actually a tough one - I smile a lot-I'm not ashamed to admit! But I think one memory that recently has brought a lot of smiles was when the chair of our Board complimented my singing by asking how long I had been doing it professionally."


What is one interesting fact about yourself most people don't know? "I have a three octave vocal range – not that most of that range is particularly great!" (Also: pictured - Bahaiyyih competed in an ax throwing competition and beat a 6'7 pro wrestler!)


Tell us about your organization: "The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, located both in Halifax and Yarmouth is the largest art museum in Atlantic Canada. As an agency of the Province of Nova Scotia, our mandate is to develop a collection, exhibition and educational programming connecting Nova Scotians and its visitors with historic and contemporary art from our region, Canada and other nations and cultures. Since our beginnings in 1908 as the Nova Scotia Museum of Fine Arts when we were entrusted with the care for the Crown’s 200 piece art collection, the AGNS has grown, our permanent collection consisting of now over 17,000 works."


What’s a typical day like for you? "I work in downtown Halifax so my day starts with a ferry ride across the harbour right into the downtown core where the Gallery is minutes away from the ferry terminal. Our staff is small and we think of ourselves as family so I spend my day assisting the CFO, CAO and director of Development primarily but anyone from Education or the Shop or other departments as needed. I am learning RE to assist Development, volunteers and membership clean our database and create data entry policies and develop a best practices guide for us to improve and streamline our use of RE in future campaigns and events. In between all this, I wander our exhibits, greet artists, board members, staff and visitors and students of our educational programming whenever they drop by our offices, located just beyond some of our exhibits right in the gallery.  I absolutely love my job!"
 
    

What’s the best part of your job? "Volunteering!  We do wonderful events and openings that allow staff to interact directly with the public. I have helped at ArtParty, Nocturne and several openings as well as celebrations for our sponsors and the amazing programs we are able to provide because of their generosity. When I volunteer I get to meet the people who affect and benefit from these programs – it’s pretty amazing to see how art and art education influences lives."
 
What advice would you give someone starting out in the non-profit field? "Do what you love. I was lucky enough to ‘fall’ into my job at the Gallery. But now I want nothing more than to stay and continue to contribute to this organization, its goals and mandate despite it not being an obvious step in the career path I was originally on."



What do you love about the Blackbaud Community? "As someone entirely new to Raiser’s Edge, I love having a place I can go and ask my barrage of questions freely!. It’s a relief to talk to real users about actual issues as well as have access to the wealth of knowledge of so many users and organizations. I have spent a fair bit of time already fishing around Blackbaud Community and feel confident that my ability to use Raiser’s Edge will improve by leaps and bounds because I have this resource in my arsenal!"

Finally.. if you had 24 hrs left before an asteroid hits what would you be doing? "Why I'd be throwing a beach party of course! Somewhere where the surf was great and the water warm. I’d set up a bbq and have all my loved ones come and hang out - sounds like a great way to watch the world's end to me."
Posted by Crystal Bruce on Sep 21, 2016 9:56 AM America/New_York

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