#YQLNEIGHBOURS Danielle Tait

Danielle is a Business Development Manager with a local bank, an alumnus of the University of Lethbridge and co-founder of GirlGang Kindness. She says her previous 10 years working with the Southern Alberta Art Gallery fostered a deep love for our community, for non-profit work and volunteerism.

 

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

I don’t know if I believe that’s a thing. I think our definition of happiness is always evolving. As we grow, I believe it always changes. Where I’m at in my life currently, I believe my idea of perfect happiness is stemming from self confidence and kindness. Accepting that what makes you happy might not be what you predicted.

Which living person do you most admire?

The people I admire most are the normal, everyday humans just like me. I’m surrounded by a lot of amazing women who balance a lot – jobs, family, partners, everything, to succeed and do well. My grandmother I admire, and it’s taken me getting older to realize just what she survived. She was widowed quite tragically at age 30, which is the age I’m at right now, with five children between the ages of 6 and 12, in a time where women weren’t the major breadwinners in a family. She survived and created this amazing family… so I think as I’m at that age now, I have this admiration of how she survived and thrived through those challenges and has created a beautiful life.

What is your most marked characteristic?

Definitely my emotions, which I think speak to my passion in whatever I take on. I usually invest all of my myself into whatever it is I’m doing… Being a really emotional person which I’ve really learned to embrace and accept, which took a long time.

What is your motto?

To spread and accept love in all its forms, kiss my friends' faces (always!), and to stop apologizing for the soft stuff, because I think there is total magic in softness and that there is room for more of it in all aspects of our lives. At the end of the day we're all just humans. Let's be kind and love/support/take care of each other. 

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

I don’t know that I can pinpoint one greatest achievement. I think where I’m at is the result of a lot of small achievements and milestones. One highlight - in 2016 I was the inaugural recipient of the University of Lethbridge Young Alumnus award, which was created for alumni under 35 who are doing some cool things, so that was unexpected and… to be the inaugural recipient of that was pretty amazing. Professionally, one of my biggest achievements was with the SAAG, when we secured funding from the City of Lethbridge for expansion and renovation for the gallery to the tune of $2.7 million. That was a moment I felt really proud. I also think the network I’ve created around me is one of my greatest achievements because having great family and friends around you giving support takes work and effort and giving back. So, I’m proud of who I’ve surrounded myself with.
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