150 Profiles: Ashton Rodenhiser

As we mark the 150th anniversary of confederation, The Philanthropist is profiling Canadians from across the non-profit sector and putting a face to 150 individuals who work or volunteer in Canada’s social sector.

Name: Ashton Rodenhiser

Current role in the sector: Board Chair, Art Happening Bridgewater in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia.

Years working and/or volunteering in the non-profit sector: 10 years.

Ashton Rodenhiser profile picture

What was your first job in the sector or a defining moment?
My first job in the sector was working as an early childhood educator at a non-profit family centre. What got me started on my path to community development was this position and how everyone has their own role in a community and how we can support their capacity.

Describe your desk/workspace.
I don’t like to be confined to one area. I sometimes work from home, sometimes from the Art Happening space and sometimes from the local co-working space. I like connecting with folks in different ways and like to take advantage of my lifestyle where I don’t need to be confined to one location.

What are you reading or following that has expanded your understanding of the non-profit sector?
Rise of the Creative Class by Richard Florida

What do you think our sector needs to be thinking about?
The sector needs to be thinking about sustainability and models like social enterprise that will allow them to be self-sufficient without the need for operation grants.

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Ashton Rodenhiser is Board Chair of Art Happening Bridgewater in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia.