CENTRE WELLINGTON – Centre Wellington Community Foundation (CWCF) is reaching out to the community to assist in its next transition.
J Raymond Soucy, the foundation’s first executive director, will be retiring at the end of this year and as a result, officials are announcing the search to find the right person to build on the tremendous organizational and community impact that Soucy has so ably spearheaded.
As the first paid staff member, Soucy has been instrumental in building a long-term institution.
Financially, with the support of a growing donor base, funds have grown significantly, directly funding increased granting levels now and into the future.
Since its first grants about a decade ago, the community foundation has issued more than 230 grants, totalling over $1 million.
Community impact is increased by significant community-focused initiatives, including:
– starting to use Social Impact Investing, including for the local Habitat for Humanity build, adding to the agency’s overall capacity to deliver impact;
– by engaging leaders across nonprofits, local government and business and delivering two Vital Signs reports to help focus efforts where it really matters;
– early in the COVID pandemic, we similarly convened leaders to help deliver both local and federal funds to help support those serving the vulnerable in our community; and
– more recently, the foundation convened a forum with over 20 organizations to help respond to a growing crisis around food security in the community.
“We’ve come a long way in my almost eight years at CWCF,” says Soucy.
“I’m driven by a passion to have a direct hand in positively impacting my community. We are starting to hit our stride as an organization, and I am excited for what the next phase will bring.”
“We are proud of Raymond’s tremendous contribution to CWCF and our whole community. With limited resources, he has nimbly grown our assets, reach and impact,” says board chair Randall Howard.
“We are now engaging with our community as we seek a leader to take us to the next level of long-term community innovation and development.”
To lead through the next phase of growing impact, the foundation is seeking a passionate, community-minded and results-oriented executive director to build on its success to date.
If you believe you are that person, more detailed information can be found on the job posting on the website.
About Centre Wellington Community Foundation
Founded in 2009, CWCF is a public charitable foundation working to help improve the long-term well-being and quality of life in Centre Wellington and environs.
Through the generosity of donors, CWCF builds funds targeted at key needs in our community, including health, education, arts and culture, social needs and the environment.
Those funds help charitable and social enterprise organizations meet their goals, through various granting programs and social impact investing.
“We also convene conversations aimed at better understanding existing and emerging needs, including Vital Signs, Food Insecurity, and our focused response during the COVID pandemic,” officials say.
More information is available at cwcfoundation.ca.