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Sandra Upeslacis

Director, strategic communications

"My childhood dream was to be a writer."

Three words that best describe her

optimistic, passionate, loyal

What’s her role and connection to the cause?

The award-winning journalist and documentary producer brings more than 25 years of experience in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors, with senior-level expertise in corporate communications, crisis and issues management, stakeholder relations as well as public and media relations.

Today, she leads our strategic communications team, overseeing donor communications, public relations and advocacy support for children we help.

What academic work set her up for success?

Sandra holds an honours degree in journalism with a minor in French from Ottawa’s Carleton University as well as a post-graduate certificate in French language and civilization from the University of Paris-Sorbonne in Paris, France.

Interesting tidbit

The proud mother, wife and member of the Latvian-Canadian community, loves to spend time outdoors at the cottage with her family and friends as well as travelling to faraway places to learn about diverse cultures.