Lindsay Dutton (Jones)
St. Theresa’s Catholic High School
A professional fundraiser who became executive director of The Leacock Foundation. After a life-changing trip to South Africa, she made a career change and is now practicing psychotherapy in order to help people with their personal healing journey.
From a young age, Lindsay Dutton always knew she had a passion for helping others. After graduating from St. Theresa’s Catholic High School in 1995, Lindsay attended Wilfrid Laurier University for her Bachelor of Science degree in biology in the hopes of getting into the healthcare field. Who knew that a spontaneous summer job would spark a 15 year career in the fundraising world?
After a summer at Camp Oochigeas, a camp for children with cancer, Lindsay turned a seasonal job into a full-time position as their Campaign Manager, raising money for a new campsite in Muskoka. After great success in that role, Lindsay accepted a position at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto raising funds for their $470 million campaign for research, new infrastructure and patient care initiatives.
Following an impressive eight year career with Sunnybrook, Lindsay decided to pursue her passion for education. She joined The Leacock Foundation as their Executive Director and in 2012, travelled to South Africa to witness first-hand how the foundation’s education, technology and leadership initiatives were making a difference in rural South African communities.
Upon returning to Canada, Lindsay still felt like she wanted to do more. Within six months, she went back to school, balancing her fundraising work with a five-year post-graduate degree in psychotherapy. She says, “The greatest gift is living your passion. I am humbled every day.”
Lindsay has recently entered her fifth year, doing her clinical practicum, and following her childhood dream of helping others with their personal healing journey.