Meet our new Donor Relations Officer, Subhashani Jayasekera

Subhashani Jayasekera joined Peninsula Health’s Philanthropy team in August 2022 as a Donor Relations Officer. As supporters of Peninsula Health, you will no doubt hear from Subhashani in the future. Learn about Subhashani’s experience in fundraising, what she enjoys most about her role, and what she likes to do outside of work, below. 

Q: What does the average day as a Donor Relations Officer look like? 

A: The day of a Donor Relations Officer really varies, but essentially, I manage end-to-end donations, with the regular giving program and our donor database being key aspects. I look after any donors that come in, process donations, answer queries, and importantly, make sure the relevant documentation is completed.  

Generous support from monthly or regular givers provides us with a steady, reliable source of funding. These donors are so important to us at Peninsula Health, as they are committed long term to improving care in the community. Donating this way allows donors to spread their donations over a year and make an even bigger impact.  

Q: What drew you to this role? 

A: My previous role was a fundraising coordinator. I liked the aspect of looking after donors and being that point of contact, and I am glad that I can continue this at Peninsula Health. Donors want to help and make a difference in their community so being a conduit to allow them to help is very rewarding. I also like working with databases.  

Q: What do you enjoy most about your role? 

A: Interacting with donors and understanding why they give. It is important to understand what prompted or inspired them to donate, so that we can then help them reach a cause that they want to donate to. For example, purchasing a specific piece of equipment or supporting a specific Peninsula Health service. I admire the passion of donors, and the support we receive from them is amazing. There is a real desire to help and give back to the community. 

Q: What do you like to do outside of work?  

A: Outside of work, I am kept busy by my 6-year-old son, and I love crafting. From sewing to quilting to weaving, I will try to take on any crafting project. I have just taken up quilting and punch needling.  

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