Invest Northwest

On December 6th, 2017 at Invest Northwest, your Community Foundation was able to invest $168, 010 into some amazing programs, projects and post-secondary students throughout our region. Over the past 21 years, we have invested over $4.627 million into innovative projects and programs led by charitable agencies that are working at the grassroots of our communities. All the work that your Community Foundation does to build smart & caring communities is through the tremendous support of our fundholders, donors, supporters, ambassadors volunteers and friends. Thank you! 

As we move forward we understand now more than ever the tremendous impact that a strong sense of belonging can have on community. Belonging was the theme of 2017 Northwestern Alberta’s Vital Signs and it is the theme of our region as we work together to build community in 2018, and in the future. 

We are so proud to share our 2017 Student Awards and Community Impact Grants with you as a reminder of the amazing and innovative projects, programs and community leaders in our communities.




Bob Beattie and Cathy Stewart honour the legacy of their father, William “Bob” Beattie, by giving back to community the way that Bob did during his life. As the District Engineer for Alberta Transportation for 25 years, a long-time and active member of Rotary, an Air Cadets leader and all around great guy, Bill was truly a community champion.

The Beattie Family Fund is held in perpetuity and generates interest that is granted out to programs and projects that develop leadership skills and volunteerism in youth throughout our region. In 2017 the Beattie Family Fund supported the Camp Tamarack Association, the Duke of Edinburgh International Award and John Howard Society, all in support of local youth. What an amazing impact!

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(From left to right) Fundholders Bob Beattie and Cathy Stewart & proud Director of the Board of the Community Foundation Jenn Dodd


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Nicole Phillips is entering the last semester of her Nursing degree with the support of our community behind her. After graduation, Nicole plans to begin her nursing career at the Valleyview Health Centre.

A kind, compassionate and caring young individual who spends her time studying and volunteering in our community, Nicole will be a great addition to the healthcare professional working in Northwestern Alberta. We are proud to be able to support our future community leaders like Nicole in their educational pursuits.

Thanks to the Grande Prairie and District Chamber of Commerce Legacy Fun and the Joseph F. Reder/Hansen Fund, Nicole is empowered to complete her education and go on to make a difference in our region.

“The Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta’s Awards Program has helped significantly decrease the financial burden of post-secondary fees over the last four years. I am very thankful for such a great Foundation and all of the donors that make these awards possible!”

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(From left to right) Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation Steven Hinkley, Nicole Phillips & Chair of the Board of the Grande Prairie Chamber of Commerce Cris Seppola-Podsada

See the full list of the 2017 Student Awards here.


Each year your Community Foundation receives thank you cards from the young athletes that benefit from the grants that come from the Come Fly with Me Legacy Fund. It is truly amazing to see the dedication and success of these future community leaders!

“Thank you so much for choosing me to receive the ‘Come Fly with Me Fund’. The money will be used to send me to Glasgow, Scotland this spring to compete in the 2018 World Irish Dance championships. Thank you for helping me live my dreams!” – Jenna Maxwell

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Jenna Maxwell 

In 2006 Grande Prairie resident and former Canadian Freestyle Ski Team athlete Ryan Blais, established the Come Fly with Me Legacy Fund, an endowment held with the Community Foundation of Northwest Alberta as a way to give back to community and support those local athletes. 

The Legacy Fund is held in perpetuity and the interest earned is granted out to support the Pursuit of Excellence Awards. Facilitated by the City of Grande Prairie, the awards support young local athletes who require assistance to enhance their training and development and who have demonstrated a love for their community.

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(From left to right) Fundholder Ryan Blais, City of Grande Prairie representative Cate Amaro and proud Director of the Board of the Community Foundation Natasha Collins

See the full list of the 2017 Community Impact Grants here


Through the generosity of our fundholders, the support of community partners, and the continued success of events like Nourish the North Wine & Auction your Community Foundation supports meaningful projects and programs to build smart and caring communities. Your Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta invests in our region because community matters. Thank you! 


2023 Vital
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Thank You!

We are very proud of the continued relationships with the following community leaders. Partnerships with organizations that are dedicated to giving back to their local community ensure that your Northwestern Alberta Foundation can continue to build community. Please support those who support us!

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