January 2019 Enews

DSC 0468Pictured above from left to right – Tracey Vavrek – CEO, Devon Wardley – Chair, Gareth Pugh – Vice Chair, Brenda Yamkowy – Swan City Rotary Club
with Kourtney Commandeur receiving her student award at Invest Northwest 2018. photo credit Greg Podmore

As we start 2019, this is a wonderful time to express how grateful we are for all of those that have come together to volunteer time, skill or financial support to help strengthen our region. We thank you!

We are also very proud of what the Community Foundation has contributed to our region.  We all live, grow and raise our families here and we all need to make a commitment to ensure our community is strong.

We are honored for the immense support of those who said our community is important.  As a result of the dedication of our fund holders, donors and supporters, hundreds of charity projects and programs, and over 300 post-secondary students have been positively impacted by the work of the Foundation.  These people are our neighbors, friends, colleagues and family.

Many people feel a stronger sense of community today than yesterday because others have reached out and said “you are important.”

Your Community Foundation is growing, developing and changing while remaining focused on our mission of connecting people with the causes that matter to them and building smart and caring communities throughout our region.

We look forward to sharing a vision in 2019 of creating a stronger, more vibrant community while helping shift the needle to make a longer, more lasting effect with the issues that matter.

Warmest Wishes,

06.05.2015 Tracey Vavrek Electronic Signature

Tracey Headshot

Invest Northwest 2018

On December 5th, at the Pomeroy Hotel and Conference Centre, you could feel an overwhelming sense of community throughout the room. We came together at Invest Northwest to invest in community and celebrate impact, and what an impact it was! Your Community Foundation invested $221,725.00 into the region through our Student Awards and Community Impact Grants. 33 students and 55 charitable agencies felt the impact of this amazing evening.

Melissa Byers HIV North and Tanya Sedore Young at Art

HIV North Society receiving their grant from Young at Art by T. Sedore Photography 
 photo credit T.Sedore Photography

It is through the overwhelming support of our community and the dedicated individuals who became champions of the Foundation 22 years ago that we can continue to make an impact in building community throughout our region, for today and forever. To see the many deserving recipients connect with our community, and amazing fundholders at Invest Northwest was rewarding and utterly humbling. These investments will help shift the needle in our region, building healthier, more resilient communities than we had yesterday.

See the full list of 2018 Community Impact Grants here – click here.

Wanted:  Awesome Board Members

Are you are looking for a place to make a difference, feel personally satisfied and be appreciated for your skills? 

The Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta is accepting resumes for Board of Directors positions for 2019 appointment.

Embracing the Smart & Caring Communities vision, the Board of Directors works at a governance level to ensure regional residents are served by the Community Foundation and are provided opportunities to strengthen their connection to their community.

One of the most valuable assets of any Community Foundation is its Board of Directors. This group of community leaders brings vision, dedication and energy to making a difference in their community today and into the future.

The Board of Directors is the governing body of the Community Foundation. Accountable for the operation of the Foundation, within the parameters established by law, its overall responsibility is that of governance. This includes providing leadership, setting direction, establishing policies and ensuring sound management.

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The Board is chosen for their skills and experiences and commitment to building for the long-term success of regional communities. Representing a variety of fields including finance, estate law, accounting, governance and community leadership, they draw on their collective wealth of experience to successfully govern the Foundation into the future.

Directors act in a position of trust for the community and are responsible for the effective governance of the organization. Responsibilities include:

• Embrace the Foundation movement and direction of the Community Foundation
• Be willing to embrace the Foundation’s mission of philanthropic leadership in the community and support its objectives in asset building and grantmaking
• Have a reputation within his or her profession and the community that would serve to enhance the public image of the Foundation
• Serve on one or more committees
• Fully embrace the ambassador role
• Full attendance at board meetings, committee meetings and annual general meetings
• Actively support fund development and fund development activities
• Commit approximately 10 hours per month to meet the role of a board member which includes participating in a volunteer capacity on Management Committees under the management of the CEO

Board members shall be appointed to the Board for a term of 3 years and can hold up to 2 consecutive terms.

Please submit your resume via email to tracey@buildingtomorrowtoday.com highlighting your skills and community experience, plus a statement regarding what you feel you can do to further the goals of the Foundation, by Friday, February 15, 2019 at 4:30 pm.

To learn more, please contact:

Tracey Vavrek, CEO
(780) 538-2820

Devon Wardley, Chair of the Board of Directors
(780) 539-4110

Sustainable Development Goals:

A blueprint toward a more sustainable, inclusive & prosperous community

The Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta tackles some of the community’s most challenging problems and works in collaboration with leaders and citizens to bring together opportunities to address these issues to create healthy, sustainable communities. In the upcoming year, we will be exploring these issues and opportunities through the lens of the Sustainable Development Goals. The SDGs are a set of global goals and targets that are important for all sectors of society and every individual. They are intended to frame global efforts to end poverty, protect people and the planet, promote inclusivity and ensure prosperity for all by 2030.

2019 Sustainable Development Goals

We will be providing more updates about our exciting upcoming work. Click the link to learn more about the Sustainable Development Goals. https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/


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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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