Looking for an opportunity to give back to the community, Janet joined Canadian Tire as the Executive Director of its Foundation. From 1997-2003, she worked with the Corporation, Board and Associate Dealers to design and implement a new corporate philanthropic strategy and the Canadian Tire Foundation for Families. After this 5-year period, philanthropy was a core strategy throughout Canadian Tire and the Foundation was raising and disbursing more than $3.5 million to families in need in communities across Canada.
During this time, Janet has served with several Boards and volunteer endeavours. Currently her focus is entirely volunteer work:
Developing World Connections is founded on the belief that being of service to others is one of the most rewarding yet undervalued aspects of a full, satisfying life. DWC believes that each of us is capable of making contributions to the lives of others and that, collectively, our contributions substantially make our world a better place to live.
DWC is led by Wayne McRann, businessman and deep believer in the importance of international philanthropy. Wayne has spent more than 20 years leading and participating in projects for developing countries. The majority of DWC's other board members have considerable experience conducting hands-on volunteer projects in developing countries and understand well the positive impact of serving those less fortunate.
DWC is a partner of TRIP and manages all aspects of the travel and Sri Lankan in-country experience. In addition, to involvement in Sri Lanka, DWC operates regular trips to Guatemala, Kenya, Rwanda, Swaziland, Cambodia, India and Peru. Visit DWC at developingworldconnections.org.