New Appointments to Victoria Foundation Board, Committee and Staff

For Immediate Release
January 11, 2017

New Appointments to Victoria Foundation Board, Committee and Staff

Victoria, B.C. – The New Year brings some new faces to the Victoria Foundation as Jo-Ann Roberts joins the Board of Directors, while Zaman Velji joins the Investment Committee. This month also welcomes Lindsay Auld to the foundation’s Finance Department.

Jo-Ann is a veteran journalist and well-known CBC broadcaster. She hosted a morning show for CBC Radio on the east coast and then moved to Vancouver Island and hosted All Points West, the afternoon show on CBC Radio, for 11 years. She has won awards for her work in news and current affairs on both coasts. She continues to volunteer as an emcee for dozens of charitable events every year, and is an active community volunteer serving on the boards of Literacy Victoria and Mount St. Mary Hospital, as well as the Advisory Council for the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society at University of Victoria. She is currently working as a consultant in Advancement and Community Relations with Threshold Housing Society.

Continuing board members include Chair Patrick Kelly, Past Chair Rasool Rayani, Treasurer Kyman Chan, James Darke, Karen DeMeo, Mia Maki, Mary Mouat, Carey Newman, Ian Wong and Grace Wong Sneddon. Deirdre Roberts continues as Honorary Governors President.

Zaman Velji comes to the Investment Committee with a background in finance and is currently Portfolio Manager, Infrastructure & Renewable Resources with the British Columbia Investment Management Corporation in Victoria. Zaman has worked with McKinsey & Company in Toronto, as well as the Aga Khan Development Network and the Institute for Professional Development, both in Central Asia. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst, as well as holding both a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University and a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Lindsay Auld has come to the Victoria Foundation from the Winnipeg Foundation, temporarily replacing Nathan Lapointe while he is on leave until the end of March. She has worked with the Finance team at the Winnipeg Foundation for almost six years.

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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 $175 million in people, projects and non-profit organizations that strengthen communities in B.C. and throughout Canada.