For nearly 30 years, Maria Ricci has worked as a professional consultant in the areas of marketing, fund raising and event planning. Her client base has spanned across Ontario and has included a diverse number of charitable and cultural organizations such as Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Canadian Mental Health, and Community Living, associations along with Philharmonic Choirs and Art Galleries.
A graduate of the School of Business at Queen’s University, she has employed her business acumen with practical experience to create some of the largest projects and events within the cities she has served. In 2013, Maria received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of her outstanding volunteer contributions to numerous charities throughout Ontario.
Maria has served as Co-Chair of Fundraising for Villa Marconi Long-Term Care Centre and was Founder of its “Raising the Roof Corporate Gala”, one of the largest and most prestigious fund raising events in Ottawa. In 2008, she was the originator and organizer of a successful World Record that took part during an annual event that she founded and Chaired called “ItalFest”. She has also served on the Board of Directors as Board Secretary for the Kiwanis Club of Orleans and as Board Secretary, Chair of Advertising, and Chair of Fundraising for the Gloucester Fair. To date, she remains actively involved in community endeavours that improve the quality of life for the residents of Ottawa and Ontarians.