NEWS RELEASE November 29th, 2021
PG COMMUNITY FOUNDATION PRESIDENT WELCOMES NEW PRESIDENT
After four years as President of the Prince George Community Foundation Al LeFebvre has stepped away to welcome the new President, Catherine Pennington. The change in leadership officially occurred during the PGCF’s 2021 Annual General Meeting late last week. Catherine will be the first Indigenous women leader of the Foundation.
LeFebvre states “It has been a privilege to serve as President for the past four years. The great news is that we have a strong, capable leader in our new President, Catherine Pennington. She has been on the Board since 2015 and brings a wealth of experience as a corporate leader and a committed community volunteer. In the past year our Foundation celebrated its 25th anniversary. Our Community benefits today from the work of our founding Board members to create an organization that would provide financial support to so many good programs and projects that enhance the quality of life for all citizens. To honour our 25th anniversary we launched a campaign to raise $1.5 million to grow our endowment and other funds and we ended up with over $1.7 million to support our Northern community. We also hosted ‘Prince George Live’ to boost community spirit during the challenges and restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The televised event featured local entertainers and celebrated some community initiatives from the past year. We have not been able to host our usual annual special events, but this has not kept us from serving our community. The Prince George Community Foundation is in good hands thanks to a strong, stable Board and an innovative, energetic staff. I wish everyone all the best in future years.”
New PGCF President Catherine Pennington added “I want to thank Al for his leadership over the past four years as President and for his mentorship in helping me prepare to take over as President. Our success during the past 20 months of the COVID-19 pandemic is due in large part to Al’s leadership and encouragement to the Board and staff to think about how to do things differently and continue to serve our Northern communities. Al has ensured that our organization has a strong foundation upon which we can continue to grow not only our endowments but our ability to support communities innovatively. I have big shoes to fill but thanks to Al, I feel ready to accept the challenge.”
Founded in 1995, the Prince George Community Foundation is an independent, volunteer-driven, charitable organization that brings together people who care about their community. The Prince George Community Foundation facilitates philanthropy, by partnering with donors to build permanent endowment funds that support community projects. The Foundation offers you the unique opportunity to support your community and to share in shaping its future by pooling and investing the charitable gifts of our donors. Gifts and bequests are accumulated in a permanent trust fund managed by a highly skilled team of professionals. Investment income is allocated carefully and responsibly to charitable organizations committed to enhancing the quality of life in our community.
Director of Development