When Shamendree emigrated to Canada from South Africa, her goals included establishing a career, setting up a home, and social networking. Having accomplished these, she felt something was missing. Before coming to Canada, she volunteered to help support others in the community. It gave her insight into the challenges people experience and helped shape her life. In her own words “I feel good when I help others”. When she heard about the work that Sunbeam does, she knew immediately she wanted to be part of it.
Shamendree is a Senior Accountant and brings vast accounting and auditing experience to the Board of Directors. She is also Chair of the Finance Committee. She says, “Having volunteer experience from a country which has far less resources, helps me focus not only on what makes the most financial sense, but also how decisions we make affect the people we serve”.
She trys to combine experience with compassion when difficult decisions need to be made and believes that a balanced approach is needed for the success of the Board and the Organization.
Shamendree and her husband have a very special 1-year old boy, and when she is not working or volunteering at Sunbeam, her little toddler keeps her occupied with the remainder of her free time. She also has a passion for cooking and baking, and especially in decorating cakes.
When she first joined the Board of Directors, she did not realize the extent of work Sunbeam does, and the people it serves. She is very proud to be part of something that is so special and rewarding. She has met amazing staff, dedicated Board members, and the remarkable clients that Sunbeam Community & Developmental Services, serves.