Our award-winning volunteer

July 26, 2018
Brittney Hartlen gives her time, talent and treasure to her many volunteer roles at RMHC Toronto. Find out why this energetic young professional is an award winner.
Brittney Hartlen
Volunteering for Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Toronto became important for Brittney Hartlen after the loss of her niece, Charlotte.

In 2013, Brittney’s sister, Courtney, gave birth to Charlotte prematurely, and her family stayed at Ronald McDonald House in Hamilton and in Toronto. Although Charlotte sadly passed away a month after her birth, Brittney and her family wanted to give back to RMHC for the support they received during this difficult period in their lives.

“This was a very challenging time for my family. The support my sister and her husband received at the House made a world of a difference because of the support from staff and other families.”

Shortly afterward, the Brittney’s family and friends began volunteering in different capacities including coming together to support Meals that Heal in Hamilton. The year after Charlotte passed away, Brittney and Courtney also volunteered their time at the House putting together Mother’s Day care packages that were placed at each door.

“This was a meaningful experience for me. While I don’t yet have children, I know that when your child is sick the last thing you are thinking about is Mother’s Day.  It’s a small gesture, but I believe this little surprise can do wonders for a family and bring some positivity to their day.”

In 2015, Brittney took her volunteering to the next level by joining the Young Professionals Committee (YPC) of RMHC Toronto, a group of young professionals dedicated to raising awareness and funds for the organization. Brittney was eager to support in any way that she could and believed that her experience in Human Resources at KPMG could be beneficial.

Brittney is the Finance Lead on the YPC, and this year she has also provided valuable HR support to RMHC Toronto by assisting with an employee engagement survey and providing recruitment support in the hiring of a Human Resources Manager. Earlier this year, KPMG awarded Brittney with the GTA Community Leader award to acknowledge her dedication and commitment to her volunteer work. In further recognition and support of Brittney’s efforts, KPMG also provided a $1,000 donation to RMHC Toronto.

“I like that I can use my professional skills to give back to the House. It’s been a great experience to meet other young professionals and learn new things along the way.”

RMHC Toronto treasures the volunteers who gives us their time and talent. Learn more about volunteering with the YPC and RMHC Toronto at rmhctoronto.ca/volunteer.