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WHO WE ARE

Our History

The original idea for the Community Foundation came from a local area rancher, Mr. John Ignatius, who had supported other Community Foundations and sought to have a local organization provide similar community benefits. John made the first endowed donation of $25,000 and encouraged his many family, friends and colleagues to follow his example. The Medicine Hat Community Foundation was then founded in 1992 through an act of Legislature of the Province of Alberta. John passed away in January 2000 and, true to his word, left the vast majority of his estate to the Foundation. John’s financial contribution was in excess of $2.4 million but his biggest legacy was the original creation of the Foundation which  continues to support vibrant, healthy, caring communities across Southeastern Alberta – today, tomorrow, forever!

The CFSEA is a non-government, non-political and non-religious independent organization that operates under the guidance of a diverse group of community-minded volunteer Board of Directors. 

Board of Directors

Frances Barnes
Board Chair

Ajit Atwal
Vice Chair

Cody Ibbotson
Treasurer

Cheryl Pocsik
Secretary

Jim MacArthur
Director

Myrna Stark
Director

Jim van der Sloot
Director

Glenda Hawthorne
Director

Jason Openo
Director

Brenda Mercer
Director

Matthew Lofgren
Director

Julie Friesen
Director

Tyler Pocsik
Director

David Andrews
Director

Stanley Sakamoto
Director

Committees

Community Leadership
Myrna Stark – Chair
Karen Blewett
Lance Doll
Marco Jansen
Jason Openo
Rachel Kruitbosch
Frances Barnes (ex-officio)
Sydney Ratzlaff – Office & Project Coordinator                                        Niki Gray – Acting Executive Director

Finance and Audit
Cody Ibbotson  Chair
Robert Belau                                          Dennis Egert
Todd O’Reilly
Ryan Dorton
Sean Blewett
Darren Hirsch
Frances Barnes (ex-officio)
Barbara Kenworthy – Financial Administrator                                    Niki Gray – Acting Executive Director

Grants
Cheryl Pocsik – Chair
Ajit Atwal                                                Blaine Whitford
Neil Maser
Joanne Stickle
Jaime Rogers                                            Mike Lecorps                                    Tyler Pocsik
Petra Mauerhoff                                      Shona Dickie
Lindsay Niwa-Mathers
Frances Barnes (ex-officio)
Niki Gray – Acting Executive Director

Endowment Development
Jim van der Sloot – Chair
Todd O’Reilly
Barry Neubauer                                      Peter Donnelly

Matthew Lofgren                                    Glenda Hawthorne                                  Jason Openo

Frances Barnes (ex-officio)                    Niki Gray – Acting Executive Director 

 

Advisory Committee - Brooks & District Community Fund

David Andrews, Chair

Inge Ellefson

Leona Ferguson
Matthew Lofgren
Debbie Piper
Cindy Slenders
Lisa Tiffin
Nicole Gardner
Brian Petersen
Nicole Nichols, Community Fund Coordinator (Staff)
Niki Gray, Acting Executive Director (Staff)

Advisory Committee - Prairie Crocus Community Fund

Linda Bingeman, Chair
Lois Bedwell
Roger Bedwell                                                            Pam Park                                                                Steven Kuhn
Lucille Hertz
Elaine Michaels
Lorraine Guckert  

Brad Herron,  Community Fund Coordinator (Staff) 

Niki Gray, Acting Executive Director (Staff)

Advisory Committee - Rural Community Fund of Forty Mile

Clint Thacker, Chair
John VanTryp                                                            Curtis Gouw
Lorne Buis
Stephanie Hlady
Tyson Ormann
Larry Robinson                                                         Joseph Eisenlohr                                                  Raylene Hobbs
Nathan Kiffiak (youth member)
Michelle MacLean, Community Fund Coordinator (Staff)
Niki Gray, Acting Executive Director (Staff)

Staff

Niki Gray

Niki Gray

Acting Executive Director

Michelle MacLean

Michelle MacLean

Community Fund Coordinator for the Rural Community Fund of Forty Mile

Barb Kenworthy

Barb Kenworthy

Financial Administrator

Brad Herron

Brad Herron

Community Fund Coordinator for the Prairie Crocus Community Fund

Sydney Ratzlaff

Sydney Ratzlaff

Community Engagement Coordinator

Nicole Nichols

Nicole Nichols

Community Fund Coordinator for Brooks & District Community Fund

Hannah Minor

Hannah Minor

Vital Signs Community Coordinator