Karen Bardwell likes that the Otago Medical Research Foundation creates opportunities.

As the Managing Director of two recruitment companies Select Recruitment and Oyster Executive Recruitment, Foundation patron Karen appreciates the alignment of their work and the Foundation’s in supporting talent. “I like the natural synergy between our work in attracting talent and the Foundation’s in helping young researchers to potentially establish their careers.”

Oyster Executive Recruitment has supported the Foundation for the last four years, as key sponsor for the annual “Night to Remember” fundraising dinner.

For Karen, who is Dunedin born and bred, the sponsorship goes beyond the feel-good factor.

“As a business owner in Otago, I think we should give back to our community, and to me it made sense to make this our key community focus.”

“The work the Foundation does is incredible – the research is far-reaching and affects everyone in some way – we have heard some fabulously heartwarming stories of the difference the research has made.”

“But it is also a fantastic way to support Dunedin – I’m interested in our economic development so I’m proud to be part of something that helps our city, and I love the energy the projects create. We’re fortunate to have such an enormously talented local community to draw from; our small city is making a difference in the world and it’s because of efforts like this.”

While this is Oyster’s major community contribution, it is also a business decision – sponsoring the function aligns with our people focus, and gives the recruitment agency a great networking opportunity. “I enjoy the interactions it provides.”