Born and raised in Cobourg, Nicole Beatty is an enterprising woman with an unsurpassed passion for her hometown and the riding of Northumberland-Peterborough South.
Nicole graduated from Cobourg District Collegiate Institute West where she was recognized by her peers as Valedictorian. She studied 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 where she started both a peer mentoring service for 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 pursued continuing education at Ryerson University to broaden her knowledge of the sector 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 move to Melbourne, Australia where she lived for several 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 in Northumberland, starting Local Food for Local Good, a food security charity, becoming a founding board member of Sounds of the Next Generation, initiating 100+ Women Who Care Northumberland, co-founding Cultivate Festival, starting her own business Capacity for Community, 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.
In 2018, Nicole was elected municipal Councillor for the Town of Cobourg with the most votes, and appointed the Planning and Heritage portfolio. She is a current delegate for the next Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference. She is the author of several e-learning modules for CharityVillage.
Nicole is a proud Auntie to ten nieces and nephews. She is an avid reader and writer, loves outdoor adventures, yoga, bicycles and paddling with her partner Damien, who works at a homeless shelter and started Flou Inc., a rotational modeling manufacturer in Cobourg.
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