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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

Michael Anctil
Board Chair

Cody Ibbotson
Treasurer

Frances Barnes
Director

Ajit Atwal
Vice Chair

Myrna Stark
Director

Jim van der Sloot
Director

Cheryl Poscik
Secretary

Matthew Lofgren
Director

Pamela Lehr
Director

Neil Maser
Director

David Andrews
Director

Committees

Community Leadership
Frances Barnes Chair
Tracy Stroud

Karen Blewett                                          Lance Doll                                              Marco Jensen                                          Kyle Clugston
Jason Openo
Myrna Stark                                       Shannon Bergstreser                        Michael Anctil (ex-officio)                       Sue Edwards Executive Director         Niki Gray – Community Engagement Coordinator

Finance and Audit
Robert Belau Chair
Dennis Egert
Todd O’Reilly
Ryan Dorton
Sean Blewett
Darren Hirsch
Michael Anctil (ex-officio)
Barbara Kenworthy – Financial Administrator                                           Sue Edwards Executive Director

Grants
Cheryl Pocsik – Chair                               Keri Bradford
Ajit Atwal
Karen Cunningham
Neil Maser
Michelle Amos
Joanne Stickle
Blaine Whitford                                        Jaime Rogers
Petra Mauerhoff                                      Shona Dickie
Lindsay Niwa-Mathers
Michael Anctil (ex-officio)
Barbara Kenworthy Financial Administrator
Sue Edwards Executive Director         Niki Gray – Community Engagement Coordinator

Endowment Development
Jim van der Sloot
Todd O’Reilly
Barry Neubauer
Pamela Lehr
Nora Way
Matthew Lofgren
Michael Anctil (ex-officio)                       Sue Edwards Executive Director 

 

Rural Development Advisory Committees

Advisory Committee –
Brooks & District Community Fund
David Andrews, Chair
Inge Ellefson
Leona Ferguson
Grant Jensen
Kathleen Jenson
Matthew Lofgren
Debbie Piper
Cindy Slenders
Lisa Tiffin
Nicole Gardner
Brian Petersen
Nicole Nichols, Community Fund Coordinator (Staff)
Chris Christie, Executive Director (Staff)
Sue Edwards, Assistant Director (Staff)

Advisory Committee –
Prairie Crocus Community Fund

Linda Bingeman, Chair
Lois Bedwell
Roger Bedwell
Lucille Hertz
Elaine Michaels
Lorraine Guckert
Kim Stief, Community Fund Coordinator (Staff)
Chris Christie, Executive Director (Staff)
Sue Edwards, Assistant Director (Staff)

Advisory Committee –
Rural Community Fund of Forty Mile
Clint Thacker, Chair
John VanTryp
Jill Bernhardt
Lorne Buis
Stephanie Hlady
Tyson Ormann
Larry Robinson
Nathan Kiffiak (youth member)
Michelle MacLean, Community Fund Coordinator (Staff)
Chris Christie, Executive Director (Staff)
Sue Edwards, Assistant Director (Staff)

Staff

Sue Edwards

Sue Edwards

Executive Director

Michelle MacLean

Michelle MacLean

Community Fund Coordinator for the Rural Community Fund of Forty Mile

Barb Kenworthy

Barb Kenworthy

Financial Administrator

Kim Stief

Kim Stief

Community Fund Coordinator for the Prairie Crocus Community Fund

Niki Gray

Niki Gray

Community Engagement Coordinator

Nicole Nichols

Nicole Nichols

Community Fund Coordinator for the Brooks & District community Fund