Award for Outstanding Fundraising Professional, 2023

Natalie Benson


Natalie is a passionate communicator, strategic fundraiser and volunteer with more than 25 years of experience.

Natalie’s work has always been in the child and youth sector, going back to her first job at summer camp. Her professional career started in Community Development for Scouts Canada, where she became the organization’s first female director of development.

In 2014, Natalie became the director of fundraising and communications for Christie Lake Kids, combining her passion of raising funds for vulnerable people and inspiring the public to care for those in need. 

She is an advocate for adoption (having two adopted children) and is a volunteer for the Children’s Aid Society, where she meets with potential adoptive families. Natalie is also a Girl Guides Canada volunteer with a love of camping and the outdoors.

Natalie has received both the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee medallions for community service. In addition, she received Employment Ontario’s Inspiring Young Workers Award for her work supporting youth with barriers.