Sunshine Foundation

Meet Gerry Dearing

Vendredi 18 janvier 2019

Sunshine’s New Director of Development

Gerry Dearing is Sunshine’s newest director of development, overseeing the teams in Partnerships and Philanthropy, Individual and Legacy giving, and Special Events and Volunteers.

After many years in corporate insurance sales in the private sector overseeing a national portfolio and team, Gerry shifted his focus full-time to fundraising in the non-profit sector in 2010 and has since completed his CFRE designation. In the past nine years, Gerry has held positions in Major Giving, Senior Management and Strategic Partnerships and is excited for his new position at Sunshine.

When asked what drew him to Sunshine, he shared that he believes in the power that a dream and the life-changing opportunity it provides for a child living with a disability or life-threatening illness. As a parent of a child who went through medical challenges early in life, he relates to the struggles families can experience and what it would mean for a young person to experience their dream come true.

Gerry looks forward to helping the development team exceed their goals by using our newest tools to their fullest potential, meeting donors, and growing our support.  He shares that he enjoys the structure and friendliness of the team so far and our eagerness to work towards our goals. 

Quick facts:

  • Education: 
    • BA Psychology from McMaster
    • Certificate in Executive Marketing from Queens
    • CFRE designation (see below to learn more)
  • Favourite foods: Escargot, Steak and Lobster Tails
  • Pets: I have two Yorkie mixes and a black and white cat named Phantom (he looks like the Phantom of the Opera). All of our pets are rescues.
  • Travel: I love to travel, go on cruises and lounge along the beaches with my wife. Favourite travel destinations, Bermuda and the Mediterranean. However, my most life-changing trip was two years ago where I went to Paraguay with Habitat for Humanity to help build the foundations for houses.
  • Something Unique: I used to play polo many years ago and continue to attend the Polo 4 Heart event every year.
  • Gerry’s biggest dream: To travel and spend weeks in Bora Bora and Morea.

About a CFRE designation:

CFRE stands for Certified Fund Raising Executive.  It is a five-year process that involves education, professional practice, and performance followed by an intensive exam to earn certification. It gives a fundraiser credibility and holds them accountable to ethics, maintaining their education, and keeping current with the non-profit industry. Gerry continues to meet with the Association of Fundraising Professionals - Golden Horseshoe Board to meet with other CRFE designates and learn from others.