MEET THE BOARD
Charles Murphy: Co-Founder
Charles Murphy, raised on the golden rule to “treat others the way you wish to be treated,” stands for equality and respect. This can be seen in his partnership with the many non-for-profits and charities he’s worked with over the years. As a co-facilitator for the St. John’s PFLAG chapter for over 5 years, he’s been part of planning monthly peer support meetings and social events, as well as managing their social media. With a strong understanding of sexual healthcare, he sat as a board member for the local Planned Parenthood for six years. Speaking on panels and at schools, sitting at booths, and helping to look after Planned Parenthood's Youth Group, he’s a firm believer in true sexual healthcare for everyone. He’s donated his graphic/branding skills and time to organizations like Make It Better NL, Planned Parenthood NL's LBGTQ Youth group, Camp Eclipse, Memorial's Trans Needs Committee, CC4MH, St. John's Pride’s, and SpeakOUT NL. Being community focused, he sees the need for support in the province. Invited to speak at town hall meetings, take part in both community and government initiatives, as well as co-found Raise Up Fundraising, he takes whatever role he’s in seriously. He plans to help put the fun back into fundraising and awareness along side the board of Raise Up Fundraising team.
jennifer crane: Co-founder
Jen moved to St. John's from Newfoundland's west coast in 2015. She has previous board experience with such organizations as the AIDS Committee of Western Newfoundland, Western Pride NL, and the Queer Caucus of Grenfell Campus (MUN). Her volunteering experience ranges from large scale cycling and triathlon events to the Safe Works and Access Program (SWAP) Needle Exchange in Corner Brook. Jen brings a wealth of event planning experience to RUF's board, having worked as Events Manager for various organizations in Corner Brook. As one of the founders of Raise Up Fundraising, Jen is very excited to help create an organization that serves our provinces most marginalized populations.
Tyler grew up on the west coast of Newfoundland in the rural community of Benoit’s Cove. His childhood was spent watching X-Men and Batman cartoons, singing Shania Twain to any audience that would listen, and praying to get one of those Sky Dancer dolls for Christmas. He attended Grenfell Campus in Corner Brook where he participated in mental health advocacy through the Psychology Society and worked with community agencies, such as the Community Mental Health Initiative. Tyler has passions in film, music, mental health awareness and LGBTQ2 advocacy and celebration. As a new member of the Raise Up team, he hopes to continue advocating for marginalized populations in the province and meeting new people along the way.
Mandy Penney has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Psychology with a minor in Sociology, Certificate in Criminology, and a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Memorial University. She has extensive volunteer experience related to fundraising and event planning and facilitation both on and off campus. She has been involved with Oxfam Canada, Easter Seals, Canadian Association for Disabled Skiers, Memorial University, Empower, the Disability Resource Centre and Eastern Health. As a female with a disability, her interests lie in feminism and accessibility. Mandy enjoys chatting with people about cats and social justice.
Matthew is a firm believer in social justice. As a teacher he strives to create a comfortable and respectful learning environment for his students. He feels that it is important to make a positive impact in one’s community. In the past he has volunteered with St. John Ambulance, Habitat for Humanity, and Let’s Talk Science. He is excited to continue giving back to the community with Raise Up Fundraising.