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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

Julie Friesen
Vice Chair

Tyler Pocsik
Treasurer

Cheryl Pocsik
Secretary

Ahmed Kassem
Director

Cody Ibbotson
Director

David Andrews
Director

Doug Little
Director

Glenda Hawthorne
Director

Jim MacArthur
Director

Jennifer Mah
Director

Josh Hudson
Director

Kimberley Row
Director

Matthew Lofgren
Director

Stanley Sakamoto
Director

Committees

Community Leadership
Anabell Marroquin
Josh Schafer
Karen Blewett
Lance Doll
Marco Jansen
Rachel St. Jean
Frances Barnes (ex-officio)

Hannah Minor – Community Engagement Coordinator
Niki Gray – Executive Director

Finance and Audit
Tyler Pocsik  Chair
Cody Ibbotson
Dennis Egert
Darren Hirsch
Robert Belau
Ryan Dorton
Sean Blewett
Todd O’Reilly
Frances Barnes (ex-officio)

Barbara Kenworthy – Financial Administrator
Niki Gray – Executive Director

Grants
Cheryl Pocsik – Chair
Blaine Whitford
Glenda Hawthorne
Jaime Rogers
Joanne Stickle
Julie Friesen
Lindsay Niwa-Mathers
Mike Lecorps
Shona Dickie
Frances Barnes (ex-officio)

Hannah Minor – Community Engagement Coordinator
Niki Gray – Executive Director

Endowment Development
Jim MacArthur – Chair
Barry Neubauer
Jim van der Sloot
Matthew Lofgren
Michael Anctil
Peter Donnelly
Stanley Sakamoto
Todd O’Reilly
Frances Barnes (ex-officio)

Kevin Pahl – Project Manager
Niki Gray – Executive Director

Advisory Committee - Brooks & District Community Fund

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

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

Advisory Committee - Prairie Crocus Community Fund

Linda Bingeman – Chair
Elaine Michaels
John Van Otterloo
Lois Bedwell
Lucille Hertz
Michelle Haag
Pamela Stark
Rachelle Skappak
Roger Bedwell

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 (youth member)
Stephanie Hlady
Tyson Ormann

Niki Gray – Executive Director (Staff)

Advisory Committee- Cypress County Community Fund

Gerald Sept – Chair
Barry Neubauer
Brandon Wever
Cathy Schnell
Dan Hamilton
Della Burkitt
Richard Oster
Sandra Traichel
Travis Tubman

Niki Gray – Executive Director (Staff)

Staff

Niki Gray

Niki Gray

Executive Director

Barb Kenworthy

Barb Kenworthy

Finance Administator

Hannah Minor

Hannah Minor

Community Engagement Coordinator

Kevin Pahl

Kevin Pahl

Project Manager

Sydney Ratzlaff

Sydney Ratzlaff

Parental Leave

Nicole Nichols

Nicole Nichols

Community Fund Coordinator

Brooks & District Community Fund

Regional Development Coordinator

Administrative Coordinator