Recently, our very own Executive Director, Camille Cassin, was profiled on Women in Business and Industry, and was able to share extensively about Turning Point and how it provides “hope, healing, and heartfelt compassion” to San Diego-area women facing crisis pregnancies.
Wednesday, June 29 2016
Written by Matt Myford
“In the business world, receiving a helping hand can spur success, inspire achievement and create lasting relationships. For Camille Cassin, a helping hand is often the difference between despair and hope. Ms. Cassin, Executive Director of the Turning Point Pregnancy Resource Center, has helped hundreds of San Diego-area women in crisis pregnancies – and the journey to her current role exemplifies Turning Point’s core principles of faith, determination and trust.
The “Turn” Toward a Different Career
Like many non-profit executives, Ms. Cassin started out in the private business sector. After a decade in the graphic design industry, where Ms. Cassin worked as a project manager for small design studios and printing companies, she spent another 8 years as the co-owner of a Postal Annex business and a direct mail enterprise.
So what was Ms. Cassin’s own personal “turning point” that eventually shifted her career path from project management and printing to pregnancy clinics?
After nearly 20 years in the printing and postal fields, Ms. Cassin accepted a Director of Communications position at Torrey Pines Christian Church. There, she elevated her church’s community standing with a variety of methods, including printed material (one of her specialties, thanks to her business background) and community events.
“My time at Torrey Pines was fulfilling from both a professional and personal standpoint,” said Ms. Cassin. “It helped awaken and spark my own faith, and also connected me with positive, like-minded people.”
Ms. Cassin credits her exposure to private enterprise and faith-based organizations in eventually joining Turning Point as a volunteer counselor and fundraiser coordinator.
“As a project manager in the printing industry, I appreciated the value of teamwork,” explained Ms. Cassin. “Working with artists, art directors, sales representative and other key personnel, collaboration was crucial. And at Torrey Pines, my spirituality came “full circle” and I saw how effective, practical business management can work with a strong faith. Turning Point was a perfect fit.”
After her 3-year volunteer efforts at Turning Point, Ms. Cassin was appointed Executive Director. Since becoming ED, she has been instrumental in enhancing Turning Point’s proactive image in the greater San Diego community.
“Our mobile ultrasound unit is just one way we’ve made it easier for women to get the assistance they need,” said Ms. Cassin. “We offer ultrasounds, pregnancy tests, counseling and other critical services that are absolutely free to anyone in need.”
With infectious enthusiasm an authentic, effusive spirit, Ms. Cassin is a natural fit as Executive Director of TPPRC. Her role parallels a genuine desire to help the greater San Diego community. “I want to continue our collaboration with other medical and social service agencies to build a wall of support around women and men facing an unplanned pregnancy so know they’re cared for. This crucial support helps to create a brighter future for everybody.”
The Value of Steadfast Belief – How Inner Strength Produces Positive Outcomes
Our contemporary social and political trends don’t create the ideal environment for those with strong, unyielding principles. Successful business leaders are all too aware of this fact, and that’s doubly true for anyone in charge of a non-profit pregnancy clinic…”
To read the rest, head to the Women in Business and Industry site here!