#dearjlsd: Heather Albin

#dearjlsd (1)To commemorate our 90th year in San Diego, JLSD provisional, active, and sustaining members, as well as former members and community partners, are writing love letters to the Junior League of San Diego.

#DearJLSD

Seven years ago I met my first professional mentor. From the start it was clear that civic engagement was a value we both shared. During this time she told me about the Junior League. She had joined in Washington, D.C. and transferred to San Diego, meeting an amazing group of women. The conversation resonated with me, but it took me two additional years to join. It was the best decision I’ve made in the past five years.

Junior League of San Diego (JLSD), entered my life at the perfect time. I was looking for ways to learn more about San Diego, my new home, and meet like-minded women that I could call friends. This happened simultaneously.

After just one year in JLSD I had made lifelong friends. Over the course of the past five years we’ve shared countless memories including two weddings, welcomed a baby, at least six vacations, Friendgiving and more. In addition, one of these women became my first roommate after college, opening her home and family to me. These women lift me up every day and I’m so grateful to have them to lean on.

Secondly, JLSD has made me a more informed and engaged community member. Through Public Policy Institute and volunteer opportunities, I’ve learned so much about the issues facing the San Diego community. I had the privilege of leading Public Policy Institute in its inaugural year, and through that process developed the necessary skills to advocate effectively on causes most important to me. This has inspired me to more actively engage at the local political level and bring more awareness to important causes like human trafficking, even if only through my own personal and professional circles.
I want to end with my favorite JLSD memory. The 2018 JLSD Gala brought together my personal, professional and JLSD life in one evening. One of my current mentors, Dr. Poppy Fitch, shared her inspirational story and research on transitional age foster youth in higher education as part of the evening’s program. In addition, my parents joined for the night and were so inspired by our work, that they donated to our cause at a level that I know will have a significant impact and finally I got to see the hard work of a lot of my great friends come to culmination in the actual event. It was an amazing, inspiring evening that reminded me #whyijlsd.
With love,
Heather Albin
Member Marketing & Boutique Sales Chair, 2018-2019
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