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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

Kyle Pudwell
Board Chair

Julie Friesen
Vice Chair

Tyler Pocsik
Treasurer

Glenda Hawthorne
Secretary

Ahmed Kassem
Director

Cody Ibbotson
Director

Dan Kammerer
Director

David Andrews
Director

Doug Little
Director

Don McLeanan
Director

Jennifer Mah
Director

Jim MacArthur
Director

Josh Hudson
Director

Matthew Lofgren
Director

Frances Barnes
Director

Committees

Community Leadership

Josh Hudson – Chair
Anabell Marroquin
Chelsey Ehresman
Hannah Minor
Kyle Pudwell (ex-officio)
Lance Doll
Marco Jansen
Rachel St. Jean

Sydney Ratzlaff – Community Engagement Coordinator (Staff)
Niki Gray – Executive Director (Staff)

Finance and Audit
Tyler Pocsik  Chair
Cody Ibbotson
Courtnie Woodman
Dennis Egert
Darren Hirsch
Frances Barnes
Jason Melhoff
Julie Friesen
Kyle Pudwell
Ryan Dorton

Barbara Kenworthy – Financial Administrator (Staff)
Niki Gray – Executive Director (Staff)

Grants
Glenda Hawthorne – Chair
Doug Little
Hannah Minor
Julie Friesen
Kyle Pudwell (ex-officio)
Lindsay Niwa-Mathers
Shona Dickie
Don Mclennan
Jamie Nelson

Sydney Ratzlaff – Community Engagement Coordinator (Staff)
Chris Christie – Executive Director (Staff)

Niki Gray – Executive Director (Parental Leave)

Endowment Development
Jim MacArthur – Chair
Barry Neubauer

Jim Aleman
Jim van der Sloot

Kyle Pudwell (ex-officio)
Matthew Lofgren
Michael Anctil

Mike Baker
Peter Donnelly
Stanley Sakamoto
Todd O’Reilly
Gregory J Niwa
David Andrews

Helene Nicholson – Regional Development Coordinator
Niki Gray – Executive Director (Staff)

 

Advisory Committee - Brooks & District Community Fund

David Andrews – Chair
Ahmed Kassem
Brian Petersen
Debbie Piper
Inge Ellefson
Joe Chomistek
Karen Kallen
Leona Ferguson
Lisa Tiffin
Matthew Lofgren
Nicole Gardner
Zane Shaw

Nicole Nichols – Community Fund Coordinator (Staff)
Niki Gray – Executive Director (Staff)

Advisory Committee - Prairie Crocus Community Fund

Linda Bingeman – Chair
Elaine Michaels
Lois Bedwell
Lucille Hertz
Michelle Haag
Cindy Goodine

Helene Nicholson – Regional Development Coordinator             

Niki Gray – Executive Director (Staff)

Advisory Committee - Rural Community Fund of Forty Mile

Clint Thacker – Chair
Curtis Gouw
John VanTryp
Joseph Eisenlohr
Larry Robinson
Nathan Kiffiak
Stephanie Hlady
Tyson Ormann

Helene Nicholson – Regional Development Coordinator (Staff)
Niki Gray – Executive Director (Staff)

Advisory Committee- Cypress County Community Fund

Gerald Sept – Chair
Audrey Skoog
Barry Neubauer
Cathy Schnell
Colton Weisgerber
Dan Hamilton
Della Burkitt
Don McLennan
Gerald Maser
Richard Oster

Helene Nicholson – Regional Development Coordinator (Staff)
Niki Gray – Executive Director (Staff)

Staff

Chris Christie

Chris Christie

Executive Director

Barb Kenworthy

Barb Kenworthy

Finance Administator

Sydney Ratzlaff

Sydney Ratzlaff

Community Engagement Coordinator

Lauren Friesen

Lauren Friesen

Vital Signs Research & Project Coodinator

Nicole Nichols

Nicole Nichols

Community Fund Coordinator

Bailee Richardson

Bailee Richardson

Administrative Coordinator

 Helene Nicholson

Helene Nicholson

Regional Development Coordinator

Niki Gray

Niki Gray

Executive Director (parental leave)

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