CORNWALL, Ontario - Nolan Quinn doesn’t consider himself a glutton for punishment, but his schedule might just eat you alive.
The chair of the 2013 United Way fundraising campaign has more than just a few things to keep him occupied over the next three months.
Let's begin with the fact that the 30-year-old is getting married in a matter of weeks, he and his wife Kim Tessier have a new nine-month-old daughter Norah, he's moving into a new house in a few days and also co-owns and operates Qairy Queen in Cornwall.
Oh yah…there's also that fundraising campaign that has been known to keep people up at night, scrambling to find the necessary dollars that fund 19 members agencies in the region.
"I try to help out as much as possible," he deadpanned.
Yah, uh, no kidding.
Quinn symbolizes the United Way's new push to include younger people in leadership roles, in an attempt to ensure it brand resonates with future generations.
He and campaign co-chair Luc Lacelle hope to target young people, even high schoolers looking to fill their 40 hours of volunteer work, in the months to come.
But that's more of a long-term goal. For now he and his team are focusing on the next three months to try and reach a $700,001 goal.
"Probably the biggest challenge is all the new faces," said Quinn, pointing to himself and Lacelle, as well as new United Way executive director Frank Rockett, as people who will have to hit the ground running. "But one of the pros is (former campaign chair) Peggy Haramis is really on board to help us transition into the job.
"She's really helped to get my feet underneath me."
One change to the campaign this year will be a wine and cheese fundraiser at the Cornwall Civic Complex Nov. 16 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The event will include a silent auction and live entertainment.
The staples of the campaign, like payroll deductions, return this year as well.
For more on the campaign, check out unitedwaysdg.com.