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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
Specialist

As a Foundation and community investment specialist, 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 and as the Foundation's chief 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. Sue-Lynda holds a BA in Communications and Publishing from Simon Fraser University.

Jackey Zellweger
Specialist

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.

Stephanie Perryman
Manager

As the newest member of the First West Foundation team, Stephanie is inspired by the great work the Foundation has accomplished over the past 25 years and looks forward to helping the Foundation grow in the years to come. Stephanie brings with her over ten years of experience in the not-for-profit sector specifically in community engagement. She believes that through simple acts of kindness and generosity we can truly help our communities thrive.   

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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.

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