Employee Giving

Take a few moments to read about our employees who give generously of their time and resources to make a difference in the lives of others.

Martin McNish
Portfolio Manager, Investment Advisor, Vancouver

Martin McNish has helped coach children’s community football and hockey for several years, but when he started volunteering at Camp Kerry in 2008 his involvement with children took on a whole new meaning.

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Camp Kerry is a four-day weekend camping experience providing an opportunity for families dealing with the loss of a loved one to share thoughts, feelings, and memories with others who are in similar circumstances. Martin’s first time at Camp Kerry was full of new experiences. He was neither a seasoned camper nor an experienced grief counsellor; however he knew that he could make a difference to the children and their parents. Volunteering at Camp Kerry since 2008 has offered Martin a glimpse into a part of life that is difficult to prepare for and it has given him a greater sense of purpose.

“The reward for me comes from witnessing the transformation that occurs over the weekend; many families arrive from a place of intense hurt and isolation and leave with a new sense of hope.”

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Luisa Di Palma
Benefits and Human Resources Administrator, Vancouver

“Together, Team Odlum Brown is dedicated to working towards a future without Breast Cancer. It is all about participating as a walker, runner, volunteer or donating to this amazing cause.” says Team Captain, Luisa Di Palma.

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Luisa, who has worked at Odlum Brown for 38 years, is the firm’s enthusiastic captain of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation - CIBC Run for the Cure’s annual event. Her longstanding relationships with her colleagues have enabled her to create a team made up of employees, their family members and friends.

Odlum Brown teams have participated since 1999 in various locations across BC. In 2008, 2009 and from 2011-2015, Team Odlum Brown has received the CIBC Run for the Cure Corporate Spirit Award in recognition of their outstanding contributions.

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Paul Donaldson
Branch Manager, Portfolio Manager, Chilliwack

Paul Donaldson feels fortunate to be able to give back to the Chilliwack community.  He chairs the Board of Directors for Chilliwack Community Services and coaches a rugby team at G.W. Graham Middle-Secondary School.

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“Rugby is a very strategic game that builds confidence and develops strong team skills,” says Paul. Reflecting on his youth, Paul comments, “My life could have taken a very different path, if not for the support of my rugby coach who was instrumental in leading me in the right direction.” Paul is passionate about his role as a mentor and leader. He is grateful for the students’ appreciation and the positive effect his efforts make.

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