Changes in the Office of Advancement

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The Advancement leadership team has changed over the summer!

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Heather Fitzpatrick has transitioned into the role of Director of Principal Gifts, a new position at Saint Mary’s. In this role, Heather will strategically develop, lead and support growth in the University’s portfolio of relationships with current and potential donors who have the capacity to make gifts of $1 million or more.

This position recognizes the importance of dedicating appropriate resources to sustain and grow our ability to secure transformational philanthropic gifts for Saint Mary’s. Heather’s wealth of experience in donor engagement and stewardship developed during her 16+ years at Saint Mary’s and her success working with this group of donors is a tremendous asset.


Jillian Gibson joined the team at the end of August as Director of Philanthropy (previously titled Director of Development). Jillian will provide leadership for the University’s philanthropy programs and staff in the area of major gifts, planned giving, annual giving, and donor relations. 

Jillian joins Saint Mary’s from Memorial University’s where she was a senior member of their advancement team since 2009. Prior to joining MUN, Jillian served as Director of Development at the Queen’s College Foundation in Nassau, Bahamas for four years, after an 11-year career as a teacher in Canada and Bahamas.