Suzie Randall of Novato’s Okizu wins a North Bay Organization Journal Nonprofit Leadership Award

Expert qualifications: Vice President Golden Bear Travel 1984-1999 Okizu Executive Director and Camp Director 1999-2015 Okizu Government Director of Operations 2015-2020.

Instruction: Bachelor of Arts diploma in Cultural Anthropology, University of California Santa Barbara

Number of staff members: 9

Describe your group: We are a guidance system for Northern California children with cancer and their households. The mission of Okizu is to help all customers of family members influenced by childhood most cancers to mend by means of peer help, respite, mentoring, and recreational applications.

For 39 years we have delivered summer season camps and relatives retreats, as effectively as programming for younger grown ups, and bereaved youngsters.

Explain to us a minor bit about oneself: I reside in Novato with my spouse and our 4 dogs. I began as a volunteer at Camp Okizu in 1989, and have been a camp counselor, method director, and was the camp director for numerous many years.

It has been my honor to be related to the households of Okizu about so substantially of my qualified career. To see the campers earning lifelong friends, and experiencing the advantages of staying ready to shell out time with other people who realize what they are likely by way of is inspirational.

What is your position in the group?

I am the Interim Executive Director

How has your corporation been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?

We pivoted our camp courses to the virtual platform this year to assure we ended up still supporting individuals who have to have us. We made available virtual applications for pediatric oncology sufferers, siblings of oncology patients, and people in the course of 2020.

What are the strategies your firm responded to greater needs for services, and fiscally, in what has your firm been compelled to change?

In the spring, we have been conscious that people needed to join with Okizu in addition to our regular applications, and we formulated and applied Okizu On Demand.

Okizu On Need was a digital giving of game titles, functions, and other prospects to join, which campers could “drop into” when they desired. With the cancelation of all of our fundraising functions in 2020, we have remained targeted on supplying our mission and are planning for a powerful 2021.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

In 2020 with our pivot to virtual plans, we were being capable to have a camper participate in our applications from her clinic bed.

What is your major problem today?

However, past thirty day period, our camp residence in Berry Creek was ruined by wildfire. Our largest problem is the restoration of our web site.

What is the following big project either below way or on the horizon?

In early September, our camp was destroyed by the North Sophisticated West Zone/Bear Hearth. Our applications will carry on uninterrupted – both virtually, or in human being (at a rented camp) when it is protected to do so. Our subsequent significant project will be the recovery of our bodily campsite, and the development of a new camp.

What product or support would/or is supporting you do your work additional correctly?

Zoom has been a important source to us this year. In addition to employing it to maintain our employees connected, we utilized Zoom for our digital plans this yr. Little ones manufactured solar ovens, did arts and crafts, played games and made friends – all in excess of Zoom.

How do you consider your job will alter in the future 5 years?

Given that we shed our camp in the hearth, we have so several chances to recreate our program seeking towards the long term. Incorporating youngsters in the hospitals in our programming and creating out group or medical center based mostly programming are both of those high on our priority checklist.

Explain a fond memory you have about working with a personnel member or client of your corporation?

At one of our Bereaved Teen Application weekends numerous decades in the past, we had an unusually early snow. The campers cherished seeing camp covered in snow – some thing not lots of campers get to do.

Watching the campers enjoy in the snow, and practical experience camp in a new way is a little something I keep in mind fondly.

What other local community involvement would you like men and women to know about?

I volunteer with Project Avary on their exclusive activities. They are a program for youngsters whose mothers and fathers are incarcerated.

Fast Normally takes

Most admired businessperson outside your firm: Neil Hennessy. His commitment to supplying back again, and supporting the local community is impeccable.

Latest reading: Brene Brown, “Dare To Lead”

Most want to meet: Peter Rork, MD. He co-started Pet dog is my Copilot, an business that transports at-risk animals from overcrowded shelters to adoption centers in other geographic areas so that they can be adopted.

Pressure relievers: A vacation to the ocean

Preferred hobbies: Cooking and baking

Social media you most use: Instagram

Buzz word from your market you dislike the most: Pivot

Regular working day at the business office: Zoom calls with our staff members, donors and volunteers. Working with our board and site committee on the restoration of our camp right after it was destroyed by wildfire.

Very best position to work outside of the business office: My residence office, surrounded by my 4 canine

Words that finest explain you: Loyal, compassionate, and committed