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Susan Byrom
Executive Director

As executive director, Susan provides strategic leadership to the First West Foundation. She brings over twelve years of experience serving the not-for-profit sector as leader of First West Credit Union’s community investment employee and outreach programs across British Columbia. Susan is a member of Imagine Canada’s Caring Company Advisory Council and the Boston College Centre for Corporate Citizenship’s Leadership Roundtable.

Sue-Lynda Bate

As a Foundation and community investment coordinator, Sue-Lynda is inspired working alongside charities to help build capacity and resilience in our communities, She manages the marketing and social media activities for the Foundation while ensuring the teams' administration is also well-in-hand. As the Foundation's designated storyteller, Sue-Lynda delivers effective and thoughtful communications about the Foundation and the communities and charities it serves with a high level of grace, compassion and respect.

Christina Pocock

As community investment coordinator, Christina has an innate passion for making a difference. Alongside her commitment to the programming of the First West Foundation—she’s dedicated to supporting the community investment efforts of First West Credit Union— with a strong focus on employee engagement.

Through programs such as Simple Generosity and endowment grants, she dedicates her time to increase awareness and to build beneficial partnerships that enable local communities to thrive.

Jackey Zellweger

In her role as Foundation & Community Investment Specialist, Jackey brings her passion for people to First West Foundation and its community partners. With a strong background in the non-profit sector, Jackey manages the Foundation’s two largest community endowments. Focused on creating capacity for charities through effective grant making and relationship development, Jackey also contributes to social and community-based programming to enhance employee and volunteer engagement at First West.

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The Foundation was created on the vision of helping create vibrant and healthy communities. By working in partnership with local organizations, the Foundation seeks to actively contribute to meaningful projects that make a positive and lasting impact upon community life.