New Appointments at Victoria Foundation

NEWS RELEASE – For Immediate Release                                                 January 20, 2016

Victoria, B.C. – The New Year brings some new faces to the Victoria Foundation as Patrick Kelly takes over as Board Chair while Carey Newman joins the board as a new director. Kristi Simpson and Kevin Burkett have also joined the Investment Committee, while Victoria Pang has joined the Finance and Audit Committee. On the staff side, Brin Morgan and Natasha Benn are the latest employees to join the Foundation.

New Chair Patrick Kelly is a member of the Leq:amel First Nation (Sto:lo Nation.) He operates a private consulting business providing services in economic, community and organizational development, governance, planning and management. In addition to his role with the Victoria Foundation, Patrick is active in the community: he is a Governor of the Law Foundation of BC, Co-Chair of the Banff Centre Indigenous Program Council, a member of the International Advisory Board at the Gustavson School of Business at UVic, a member of the Ch’nook Indigenous Advisory Board at the Sauder School of Business at UBC, and Founding President of the BC Aboriginal Golf Association. Patrick has held several executive and management roles including with the Canadian Executive Service Organization, the Missing Women’s Commission of Inquiry and Indian and Northern Affairs Canada.

Carey Newman, an artist with a strong belief in the importance of tradition, is active within the First Nations community. Through his work he strives to highlight Indigenous, social and environmental issues.  He is also interested in engaging with the community and incorporating socially innovative practice into his artistic process. Carey’s most recent major work, the Witness Blanket, deals with the subject of reconciliation.  Made of items collected from residential schools, government buildings and churches across Canada, this 40’ long installation is currently on a 7-year national tour. Carey also serves on the board of Pacific Opera Victoria.

Carey fills a position on the board vacated by Andrew Jackson who completed his term in December. Patrick replaces Rasool Rayani who will remain on the board as Past Chair, while Deirdre Roberts replaces Chuck Burkett as president of the Foundation’s Honorary Governors. Continuing board members include Kyman Chan, James Darke, Karen DeMeo, Mia Maki, Mary Mouat, Ian Wong and Grace Wong Sneddon.

Kristi Simpson comes to the Investment committee with a background finance and is currently Associate Vice President, Financing Planning & Operations at the University of Victoria. Kevin Burkett has a background in accounting and investments, and is currently a Senior Manager with Burkett & Co. Chartered Accountants. Victoria Pang has 29 years of experience with several financial institutions and is currently a Senior Manager in commercial banking with Canadian Western Bank.

Brin Morgan has joined the Foundation as Office Administrator, while Natasha Benn is taking on the new position of Manager of Philanthropic Services.

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Established in 1936, the Victoria Foundation is Canada’s second oldest community foundation and the sixth largest of nearly 200 nation-wide. The Victoria Foundation manages charitable gifts from donors whose generosity allows them to create permanent, income-earning funds. The proceeds from these funds are then distributed as grants for charitable or educational purposes. To date the Victoria Foundation has invested more than $158 million in people, projects and non-profit organizations that strengthen communities in B.C. and throughout Canada.

Media contact:
Robert Janus, Director of Communications
Victoria Foundation
P. 250.381.5532      C. 250.886.6112   E.