Born and raised in Cobourg, Nicole Beatty is an enterprising woman with an unsurpassed passion for her hometown. She is campaigning on the values of transparent communication, cross-sector collaboration, financial stewardship and efficient governance.
Nicole graduated from Cobourg District Collegiate Institute West where she was recognized by her peers with Valedictorian honours. She studied pop culture, media relations and history at the University of Ottawa where she graduated with a BA Honours in Communication and served as Executive Director of The Peer Help Centre, a student life service that provided academic tutoring, peer mentoring to high school students and an on-campus crisis phone line.
Following her post-secondary studies, Nicole moved to Toronto to pursue a career in nonprofit management and fund development. She completed a Certificate in Fundraising Management from Ryerson University and worked for national and metropolitan charities including the Canadian Red Cross and Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation. With multi-million dollar fundraising experience under her wings, Nicole’s worldly curiosity inspired her to trade up over for down under, moving to Melbourne, Australia where she lived for nearly four years. Whilst in Melbourne, Nicole become the youngest professional to obtain her Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) accreditation in Australia. She was hired by an international consulting firm, Global Philanthropic, where she was responsible for developing the Melbourne and New Zealand markets. Through this work Nicole travelled across Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia consulting on various start-up charitable ventures and major nonprofit enterprises.
In 2013, Nicole’s three sisters, with whom she is close to, began growing their families and she finally understood what Tom Waits was singing about when he said, “I never saw my hometown until I stayed away too long.”
The same curiosity that took her around the world finally led her back to Cobourg where she was keen to explore her roots as an adult. She was quick to get involved, starting two charitable organizations in Northumberland County (Local Food for Local Good and Sounds of the Next Generation), initiating the local 100 People Who Care movement, co-founding Cultivate: A Festival of Food and Drink, starting her own business, contracting with local organizations such as Northumberland Hills Hospital Foundation, Green Wood Coalition and Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre, and volunteering with several community causes and campaigns at both the board and grassroots level. In 2016, Cobourg Council appointed Nicole as Co-Chair of the Canada 150/Cobourg 2017 Celebrations Committee where she served a 18-month term alongside former Cobourg Mayor, Peter Delanty. Nicole was recognized for her community service at the 2017 Cobourg Civic Awards with the Mayor’s Award of Distinction.
Nicole and her partner Warren, a Cobourg native and Red Seal bricklayer, are newly proud first-time home owners and live downtown. She is a proud Auntie to eight (soon to be 9!) nieces and nephews. Nicole is the CEO & Chief Community Builder of NicBea & Co. and is a Senior Consultant with Global Philanthropic Canada. She’s an avid reader and writer, is determined to conquer the ukulele and enjoys riding her bicycle around town.
Nicole is excited to meet you! She wants to learn what your passionate about in the community and what makes you proud to call Cobourg home. Say hi to Nicole by sending her a note or by submitting questions here.