Christine Barbier, an administrative assistant at Citeos in Beaune, had prior experience in the charitable sector when she decided to become an ambassador for the Fondation VINCI pour la Cité in December 2022.
She was familiar with the Fondation and had created a network of volunteers from local groups through her personal involvement in festival organization in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté. So, when her business unit manager, Quentin Monastier, suggested she meet with Marie Ouillon, the Foundation’s regional manager, about being an ambassador, she jumped at the chance. She learned about the foundation’s work and the solidarity missions it supports at this meeting.
Christine’s keys to being a good ambassador
“As a volunteer at a theatre in Dijon and the Bourgogne-Franch-Comté festivals, I meet a lot of people who work for local charities. I make use of this personal network to raise awareness of the Fondation VINCI and look for socially responsible causes that could benefit from our support.
I also actively scan the media for projects that inspire me and I encourage my colleagues to keep their eyes open and do the same! I never hesitate to meet and talk with people. Being an ambassador for the Fondation VINCI pour la Cité really is rewarding! It’s not a social calling, but a role that involves connecting people who need help with people who can help them. It means going to meet associations, assessing their needs, raising awareness at work and bringing community focus into people’s daily lives.