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Meet the Team – Sarah Johnston, Business Engagement Manager

Sarah standing in front of a beautiful landscape at the very top of Scotland

What is your role in the team?

I am the Business Engagement Manager, I work with companies to help them engage with Social Good Connect and get involved with employer-led volunteering.

What do you enjoy most about the work that you do?

I love the team culture and the fact that Social Good Connect is a start-up with such a great purpose. I have worked in the charity sector before so I saw this role as a great fit!  

What volunteering or passion projects do you do outside of work?

I am an animal lover. Currently, I am micro volunteering for the SSPCA, giving information to the wider public by sharing it on my own socials.  

I also have done some fundraising for CHAS and help the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, helping with events and fundraising. 

A few years ago, I went abroad to Malawi to volunteer in an animal welfare centre for 4 months which was a fantastic experience.  

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working/what are your hobbies?

I have an 8-month old puppy called Reggie, I spend time with him – taking him on walks.  

I have recently taken an interest in gardening; I love eating the food that I am growing! When possible, I love to be out and about. I am a very social person, and I enjoy travelling and being outside in nature.  

Which of Social Good Connect’s values resonated most with you and why? 

Connecting People – I am a huge people person. I love to network and meet new people. I think connections are so important, they open up so many opportunities, both in personal and private life! 

What is your favourite song?

I don’t really have a favourite song but one that always makes me smile and turn up the volume is Silver Lining by First Aid Kit because I am all about keeping moving forward, being on life’s big journey and not dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. There is always hope! 

Who are the top three people you would have a meal with dead or alive?

My mum, Marie Curie, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge 

I chose my mum because she died of cancer 17 years ago. She was hilarious, a great storyteller and people person. She had the ability to find something in common with everyone she met. Guest two would be the scientist Marie Curie, a trailblazer whose pioneering work on radioactivity as a cancer treatment changed the world. Her life story is so inspiring.  And my final choice would be writer, producer and actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge because she is incredibly talented, witty and stylish and she wrote one of my favourite series, Fleabag! 

Can you share your favourite photo with us and explain why it is your favourite? 

Sarah with a baboon in Africa

I took a sabbatical from work a number of years ago to volunteer at a Wildlife rehabilitation centre in Malawi. I’m really passionate about wildlife and spent almost 4 months in Malawi working as a marketing and animal care volunteer. It changed my life. Africa is the most beautiful place on earth. This is a photo of me with an orphaned baby baboon called Alf, one of 3 orphaned baboons I was a surrogate mum for. He was eventually released back in to the wild after rehabilitation. 

 

Stay tuned to hear more about the rest of our fantastic team in the coming weeks or click here to have a sneak peek of who is to come!

 

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