Ione Challborn


Ione Challborn's Story

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Tell me a bit about yourself.

Hmmm. I believe in the transformative power of education and mentorship; I believe in service and kindness; I believe in hard work. I love to laugh. I believe in the goodness of people and that we all have the capacity to grow, change, and become our best selves.

How long have you lived in Edmonton?

I moved to Edmonton when I was 18 to attend the U of A. I lived in a small community two hours west of Edmonton. My mother was a school teacher there and my father was a journeyman carpenter. My drawer in the Chemistry Lab at the U of A had more supplies than the science room in my school.

Tell me about some of your hobbies and interests.

I love reading, gardening and belong to a dinner club. I like to know how to do things; fix what needs to be fixed, make what can be made. I rotate my reading through the following cycles: a book on leadership, a book on mental health, a nonfiction book and then ‘free reading’. I like to support Canadian authors when I can.

What is something that you are most proud of?

My beautiful daughter, beautiful inside and out. Margot is a Vanier Scholar and is beginning her third year of her PhD in Political Science at the University of Alberta.

What is your approach to philanthropy and community?

Service; why say no when you can say yes?

Why do you support United Way?

I support United Way because of its community impact, strategic thinking and bold goals.

What inspired you to give?

Seeing first-hand the difference a gift to United Way makes in the community.

How long have you been supporting United Way?

For 10 years.

Why is it important to give back to your community?

Because I live in the community; it is my obligation to support the community in being the best it can be not only for those who live here now, but to contribute to a legacy for our city of the future.

Is there anything else you want to share?

Just to thank you.

 
 

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