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Vancouver Foundation CEO appointed as Chair of national board
June 15, 2009--Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) today announced the appointment of Faye Wightman, President and CEO of Vancouver Foundation, as Chair of CFC’s Board of Directors.
“On behalf of CFC I want to welcome Faye to her new role as Board Chair,” said Monica Patten, CFC President and CEO. “Her foundation is a leader in its support of the community foundation movement in British Columbia and Faye is a champion of our nationwide network. We are thrilled to have her assume this new role.”
As head of Vancouver Foundation -- the largest community foundation in the country -- Wightman has presided over a period of unprecedented growth and innovation, and has also been a vocal supporter of Canada’s community foundation movement. She has served on the CFC Board since 2006 and was appointed Vice-Chair in December, 2007.
Before joining Vancouver Foundation in 2005, Wightman was President of BC Children's Hospital Foundation for 14 years, and then spent two years as Vice President of External Relations at University of Victoria. She has served as Executive Director for Sunny Hill Foundation for Children as well as Campaign Director for the United Way of the Lower Mainland. She has served on the board, and as president for numerous not-for-profits and continues to serve on the Board of Imagine Canada.
“Philanthropy can and should play a powerful role in shaping society,” says Wightman. “I hope to continue the vital work that Community Foundations of Canada is already doing to support communities across this country. By strengthening our communities, we build a stronger Canada.”
Wightman fills the post of outgoing Chair Vincenza Travale, former Board Chair of the Hamilton Community Foundation, who served as Chair from 2007 to 2009.
About Canada’s community foundations
Canada’s 165 community foundations help Canadians invest in building strong and resilient places to live, work and play. CFC members are one of the largest supporters of Canadian communities, providing $169 million in support of local priorities and organizations in 2008.
With 1,200 funds, and assets of about $660 million, Vancouver Foundation is Canada’s largest community foundation. www.vancouverfoundation.ca
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