But it was her work at Event Energy that led her to her other job, as director of development at the Nina Haggerty Centre, a facility that works with adults with developmental disabilities through various forms of art, including painting, dance and glasswork. She became involved with the centre 10 years ago when she was hired to plan the launch of the organization. About one year ago, the centre hired her to work part-time, raising money and awareness. “I’m in love with the Nina Haggerty Centre and everything that they do,” says Fraser. “The difference they’ve made in people’s lives over the years is so inspirational to see that I want to be a part of it in any way that I can.”
Her voice quickens when she talks about “Shane,” someone she sees daily at the facility. Although Shane can’t speak, he’s found a way to connect with people at the centre through his art, says Fraser. He even sells some of his pieces – 50 per cent of proceeds from the work at the centre goes to the artist, while the other half goes towards the operating costs of the centre. “He walks around with the sense of pride that he’s an artist now and there’s just this sense of happiness when he’s there that just exudes off of him,” explains Fraser.
Fraser also aims to bring awareness to the centre’s goal of raising $250,000 through its latest campaign, Keep the Love Alive. So how does she decide with which organizations she’ll work? “It’s definitely the places that I can make the most difference and that I feel that I can have an impact on what they’re doing.”