For a go-getter like GoodLife General Manager Amber Kelsey, there is a constant call to be involved. It certainly helps, Amber says, that GoodLife has such a strong sense of community, which allows her to focus her energy on improving the lives of Canadians. Though Amber has only been part of the GoodLife family for four years, she has already made a huge impact and is a shining ambassador for GoodLife Kids Foundation.
Growing up in Ontario, Amber’s mother held a career relating to children’s mental health, so the importance of helping kids with special needs was instilled within Amber at a young age. Amber pursued a career on a cruise ship, but felt that the lack of community culture did little to inspire her. That’s when she joined the GoodLife team, taking the position of General Manager at Calgary’s Northland Village Club.
Almost immediately, Amber was drawn to GoodLife Kids Foundation, and when the organizer of Spin4Kids in Calgary stepped down, she jumped at the opportunity to get involved. By her own admission, she wasn’t entirely sure what The Main Event was supposed to look like her first year, but her innate creativity took over, resulting in a series of events that raised over $5000 for the Kids Foundation.
That year, the money was used to help a local youth sledge hockey team in Calgary, and Amber says that talking to those kids and hearing their appreciation pushed her to work even harder to make a difference in the lives of children with special needs.
The Calgary goals have continuously grown, and in 2018 the Clubs raised over $68,000. With more and more Members and Associates getting involved each year, Amber strives to develop new ideas to help raise even more money.
One of the more unique events led by Amber is an annual comedy show, where three local comedians—including Amber’s fiancé—entertain a crowd of Members, Associates, and other Calgarians to raise money for Spin4Kids.
Amber says that the success of Spin4Kids in Calgary is because they try not to focus on how to raise money, but why they are raising it.
“We start each summit meeting with a story of someone’s life we’ve changed, and that really helps us to remember why we’re putting in this hard work,” said Amber. “We want every Canadian to live healthy and active lives—and that includes absolutely everyone. We strive to break down barriers so that children with special needs can have the same opportunities as everyone else.”
GoodLife Kids Foundation Ambassadors like Amber are incredibly important to the success of events like Spin4Kids and made major contributions to the $920,000 raised through Spin4Kids in 2018. If you or someone you know is committed to breaking down barriers and helping kids with special needs get active, share your story for a chance to be featured!