Community Foundation has new CEO

Kristine Bugayong

The Red Deer & District Community Foundation board of directors has announced the appointment of Kristine Bugayong as the new CEO.

“We are delighted with the energy Ms. Bugayong brings to the position,” said Ron Woodward, chair of the RDDCF board of directors. “We are confident she has the skills to continue to grow the Community Foundation and to provide leadership in staying true to our mandate of strengthening the quality of life in Red Deer and Central Alberta.”

Bugayong is from Manila, Philippines, and obtained her Master of Arts degree in Women and Development Studies from the University of the Philippines. She has worked for the Red Deer & District Community Foundation for five years as the coordinator for communications and grants and has twice served as acting operations manager. She has called Red Deer home for nine years.

“I am very excited to embark on this new adventure with the Community Foundation. In the last five years, I have seen the impact of our work in the community through our grants programs, participation in important initiatives for community development, and providing donors with insight on community needs and issues,” said Bugayong. “I hope that we all continue to support the Community Foundation.”

The Red Deer & District Community Foundation was established in 1989 with an inaugural donation of $1,000,000. Since its inception, the Foundation’s assets have grown to more than $10 million and it has granted more than $7 million to the community in support of the charitable sector including the arts, environment, health, human services and youth programs.

City Mayor Morris Flewwelling, Marg Hicks, Rob Kolton, Trish MacSween, Joyce Shand, B.J. Billings, Frank Kuhnen and Don Laubman were the founding members who were appointed by the Committee of Nominators.

The name of the organization was changed in December 1997 to the Red Deer & District Community Foundation therefore reflecting the original intent of serving Red Deer and the surrounding area.

The Foundation was managed as a purely volunteer organization from 1989-1996. Until 1995, the files were maintained at the Red Deer & District Museum. In 1995, an office was established with a part-time executive director. In 1996 a part-time administrative assistant was hired. That same year, policies were put in place to define board/staff responsibilities. Currently there are three full-time staff members including the chief executive officer, coordinator for communications and grants and coordinator for community leadership initiatives and one part-time staff of coordinator for administration and donor services.

Meanwhile, the Women of Excellence Awards 2013 nominations are now being accepted. The deadline for nominations is March 29th at 4 p.m.

A complete nomination package must be received by Collins Barrow Chartered Accountants and Consultants, Attn: Ms. Marsha Smalley. Envelopes must be marked ‘Women of Excellence 2013’.

For further information or to download the nomination package, please visit the Women of Excellence Page, under the ‘Initiatives’ tab. Printed copies are also available at the Community Foundation Office.

-Weber

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