Central Development Officer, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Originally from Petty Harbour-Maddox Cove, Courtney Clarke spends her professional life breaking down barriers to post-secondary education as a Central Development Officer at Memorial University. Through professional fundraising and meaningful partnerships with alumni looking to positively impact our community, Courtney focuses on advancing indigenization of the academy, research initiatives, empowering students who are from the B.I.P.O.C and LGBTQ communities, supporting veterans and students with disabilities, and helping other students who face socio-economic barriers.
With a combination of community, small business and financial management experience, as well as lived experience with gender-based violence, Courtney takes an intersectional approach to the work she does and focuses on utilizing her own privilege as a cis-heterosexual white Newfoundlander to lift up others who do not have the same privileges in our community.
This is Courtney’s second year on the Board of Directors with Violence Prevention Avalon East. Courtney played a role in the re-branding and creation of this website, as well as the Unsafe at Home Campaign: A Domestic Abuse Support Platform for people experiencing violence in NL during COVID-19. She is also the youngest-ever elected member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union (NLCU) Board of Directors and is the 2019 and 2020 Youth Accessibility Leader for NL with Employment and Social Development Canada. Courtney is also a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals – NL (AFP-NL) and Equal Voice NL.