Engineering a lifetime of giving
For Joy and Diego Romero, giving back is second nature.
On Thursday, Nov. 10, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Edmonton & Area Chapter, are awarding the pair at its annual National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon.
The Calgary-based engineers have kept themselves busy blazing trails in science and engineering. But their commitment to charitable giving has also placed them at the leading edge of philanthropy — providing nearly 20 different organizations and community groups, including Engineers Without Borders, the United Way, Alberta Children’s Hospital, The Lung Association of Alberta, War Amps and The Mustard Seed with much-needed financial support, on a monthly basis.
Of special significance on their donor roster is their support of Plan International — as it was the pair’s first monthly donation that they started together when they first got married.
“Everything is always donated by the two of us. We’ve been married for 38 years and it’s the same bank account,” says Joy, vice-president, Technology and Innovation, Canadian Natural Resources Limited.
Where and how the duo decides upon which charities to support is an organic process, says Joy — “You just give where you can.”
Of particular importance to Joy and Diego is championing the cause of education through major donations. In recent years, the couple has provided generous support to their alma maters including Athabasca University (AU) for student assistance; St. Francis Xavier University for equipment in its metallurgy lab; and Dalhousie Engineering School to assist with the building of a new common area for students.
“I can’t imagine our lives without the opportunities that our degrees have afforded us — the doors that it has opened. We have been able to benefit from it and, hopefully, to share it with others,” remarks Joy.
“You just give where you can.”– Joy Romero