United Way Yukon hired Colette to update our strategic plan in March of 2020.
I expected an initial meeting, a review of past strategic plans, a one day session with our staff
and Board, and a couple weeks later we would have our plan. That's not how Colette works.
Her request for background documents forced me to find things we didn't know we had, and
also showed us that we were missing a lot of organizational tools that we needed to help us better serve the community. We ended up with a Strategic Plan, work plans, updated Board job descriptions and a renewed sense of purpose. The organization was energized. Now that she is done this project I keep trying to think of ways I can get her back to work on something else.
VBY recently had opportunity to contract with Ms. Acheson to develop two new grant applications on our behalf. She has substantial experience in project development and was able to capture and express all that we hoped to achieve and more.
We particularly appreciated her connections and understanding of the
Whitehorse NGO community that she pulled together for our benefit, and
plan to work together again soon.
I worked under Colette as a team member and consultant during her tenure at Yukon Association for Community Living (now Inclusion Yukon). Over 2 years we worked together to implement a big vision and bold project to bring sexual health and social skills education to the disability community. Colette is a passionate big picture thinker. She has the ability to bring together various stakeholder, projects, leads, and ideas and make them all greater than the sum of their parts. She cares deeply for people and I watched her move mountains with her quick and creative thinking.
Her ability to think unconventionally and see connections where others do not allowed her to grow the impact of YACL many fold.
If you are looking for standard solutions Colette is not your person. She will doggedly pursue any opportunity to make your dream, vision or project come to life. She was a fantastic manager who let me run with my ideas, supported me in my goals and really gave me space to take the project she launched in the direction I wanted. Her talents, perspectives and wealth of experience are an asset to any organization.
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I had the privilege of collaborating with Colette when she was the Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce Executive Director. Together, we worked with 4 other businesses and organizations on a joint project and proposal. Colette was the motivation behind the collaboration, the driver behind the project. While Colette led the way, she also welcomed
co-creation and allowed the group to naturally bring out their best work together.
I admired her ability to gather accurate information from multiple perspectives, document it and create a well written, clear, and concise proposal within a very tight deadline. Colette is gifted with the ability to both capture a project vision and identify the steps necessary to make it come to life. She is one of those rare gems who is hard working, loyal, determined and highly motivated.
Colette recently delivered a marketing workshop to our collective. She has a wealth of knowledge and relevant professional experience, and willingly shares it. Her presentation was clear, concise and in depth, and she is generous with her time. I highly recommend her!