Dave Venn
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Dave Venn

“Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for answers. It is a question of experiencing everything.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Occupation: Director of Communications, Community Foundations of Canada / Co-founder, Corala Cashmere

Personal Life
  • Mr. Venn was born in Toronto but grew up in Halifax
  • Since the age of thirteen he has lived with an anxiety disorder
  • He is a worldly traveller and has been to an astounding 21 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Caribbean
  • He studied Philosophy, public relations, international development, and business
  • During his studies he lived in the Netherlands for two years and went to school with 200 students from 50 different countries
  • He married his wife in Nepal and he has seen Mount Everest in the Himalayas, the tallest mountain in the world above sea level.
  • He is also extremely passionate about youth mental health, creative expression and community engagement
Personal and Professional Experiences
  • Dave Venn has more than 10 years of experience working in Canada’s nonprofit sector
  • He is the Communications Director for national philanthropic network of community foundations
  • He is a self-taught entrepreneur and co-founder of e-commerce luxury cashmere company
  • Following Nepal’s devastating earthquake in 2015, Mr. Venn crowdfunded donations from his family, friends and his business to support communities and rebuild classrooms