Mary Birt

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Director of Development and Communications Manitoba Region  - The Nature Conservancy

Vice President, Client Services  - Burk & Associates Ltd

Development Officer  - St. John's-Ravenscourt School

Director of Development  - St. John's-Ravenscourt School

President  - Canadian Association of Independent Schools Development Officers


Board Member  - Private Funding

Board Member  - University of Manitoba

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Mary BirtDirector of Development & Communications Manitoba RegionNature Conservancy of Canada(204) 942-6156

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Remembering Mary Birt
With regret we share the news that Mary Birt's long battle with cancer has come to an end. Mary was known to many within CAISap and was instrumental in establishing the advancement program at St. John's Ravencourt School in Winnipeg. She was recognized with the Sam Heaman Award in 1998. Mary joined St. John's Ravenscourt School as their first Development Officer. Over a period of 16 years, she helped raise funds to improve the physical plant and educational opportunities for the students. Mary then moved on to the University of Manitoba where she became the Director of Private Funding. She was called to join the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Manitoba Division. There she conducted their first capital campaign and put in place fundraising programs that helped the organization achieve its mandate of conserving ecologically significant lands. Mary contributed her talents to assist many other arts organizations and charities in Winnipeg. Mary will always be remembered by her husband, Charlie, sons Cameron and Graeme, her brother Jim Nowell (Carol), brother-in-law Doug Birt (Kathy), sister-in-law Janet Force (Bob) and many nieces and nephews. Mary was predeceased by her son Taylor, her parents Gilbert and Margaret Nowell and her infant brother, John. Mary Birt, St. John's-Ravenscourt School

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Mary Birt, Vice President, Client ServicesA senior development professional with over seventeen years' experience, Mary has recently joined Burk & Associates Ltd. as Vice President, Client Services.Mary is former Director of Private Funding for the University of Manitoba.Prior to that, she was Director of Development at St John's-Ravenscourt, one of the premier independent schools in Canada, where she built a successful volunteer, friend raising and fund raising program from 1982 to 1998.She served two terms as President of the Canadian Association of Independent Schools Development Officers and was awarded the Sam Heaman Award for outstanding service to the profession.Mary has also served on the national Research & Education Committee of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners and was chair of the Manitoba Roundtable.She was a founding member and vice chair of the Pediatric Oncology Family Centre of Manitoba, the founding body of Winnipeg's Ronald McDonald House, and has served on a variety of community boards and committees.Mary's earliest career was in broadcasting in the 60s and 70s.She began in her television career as a singer, crowning it with a performance with Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges.She moved into current affairs in television at both CBC Winnipeg and CBC Edmonton, where she was variously host, story editor and interviewer.In the 70s, she was one of four partners in A La Carte Productions, writers and producers of musical satires for corporate and professional clients.Through the years, Mary has written radio and television scripts, support materials for educational programming, proposals, campaign materials, political brochures and personality pieces.In recent years, she has developed a reputation as a facilitator, and adds this skill to a long list of experience in the field of fund raising and communications.Associates of the Firm

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