I had the pleasure of meeting Graham in Summer 2013 when he was filming a Town of Cobourg community event. Professional and outgoing his energy and initiative was outstanding. He introduced himself to me as the owner of Cobourg Media, a website about reporting on community development in his hometown that he had just launched. I remember perusing his website and content later that day only to say to a colleague of mine, “I’ve just met the Peter Mansbridge of Cobourg.”
Thereafter, I became a fan of Graham’s. I hired him in 2015 to produce a video to help raise awareness about teen violence. He wrote the script, recruited his peers to act in the video and produced a quality PSA that has since been distributed across Ontario. When Graham found out that the video project was for a charity he donated his compensation back to the cause. This act of kindness demonstrates Graham’s community leadership in youth philanthropy.
I had the opportunity to collaborate with Graham again in 2016-2017. Cobourg Council appointed me as Co-Chair of our Town’s Canada 150 Celebrations Committee where I was asked to delegate a Youth Representative. Naturally, and without reservation, I approached Graham who enthusiastically accepted the role. Graham brought a level of knowledge and passion for Canada’s historic milestone birthday that I wouldn’t have expected from a youth. From mobilizing his high school to do a commemorative Canada 150 float in the Santa Claus Parade to volunteering at over a dozen events to record and produce video content, Graham was there with his camera and microphone, engaging with his community. This act of civicism demonstrates Graham’s community leadership in volunteerism.
Nicole Beatty CFRE
CEO & Chief Community Builder
Nicbea & Co.