Comox Valley Community Foundation president Matt Beckett (centre) presents certificates of recognition to retiring board members Bert Heeringa (left) and Bruce Bell. Photo supplied.

Comox Valley Community Foundation thanks retiring board members

At its June board meeting, Comox Valley Community Foundation (CVCF) president Matt Beckett issued a heartfelt thank you to four retiring board members.

Dr. Harry Panjer served on the Board of Directors for more than six years, most recently as vice-president and before that, as the CVCF’s ninth president. He guided Vital Signs from initial concept through to delivery of a document that tells the story of the Comox Valley and provides insight into the issues and challenges facing our community. He also completed the foundation’s governance and policy manual and offered his actuarial skills to assist with fund distribution and cash flow management.

Brenda Kelm served as the CVCF’s treasurer for almost her entire six years on the board. In addition to overseeing the foundation’s finances, she introduced and led many initiatives, including the recent adoption of a new fund and donor management platform. She provided endless hours of training and mentorship to staff and her fellow board members.

Bert Heeringa served for more than three years, most recently as chair of the marketing and fund development committee. His voice will be particularly missed at the board table, as well as in the community promoting the Comox Valley Community Foundation and the work it does.

Bruce Bell offered the foundation a strong background in governance, as well as experience as a CVCF fund holder – the Oyster River Conservation Fund – during his short tenure. Bruce stepped down from the board to assume the role of chair of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of B.C.

“Harry, Brenda, Bert and Bruce are all strong supporters of the Community Foundation and our mission to enrich life in the Comox Valley,” said Beckett. “We cannot thank them enough for their leadership and contributions over the years. The gifts of their time and expertise offer a legacy to the CVCF and to our community that will be felt for many years to come.”

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