Vision, Mission, Values, & Areas of Granting

Vision

Together, making our communities even better places to live, work, and play, now and forever.


Mission

We build permanently invested endowment funds, provide grants to qualified donees to address local community needs, and offer positive leadership to explore community priorities.


Values: CFKR CARES

  • Community:
    • We are deeply rooted in our communities. We love where we live, including our favourite mountaintops, lakes, rivers, and trails. We love the people in our communities and all the things they love to do. This is why we provide grants to the widest possible range of eligible organizations and activities, to make our communities even better places to live, work, and play.
  • Accountability:
    • We are accountable to our donors, endowment fund holders, grant recipients, and the community at large. We strive to be transparent and accurate in all our communications in order to clearly demonstrate our accountability. Our board of local volunteers ensures that we stay on track. A key aspect of our core business is to be accountable for and an excellent steward of each and every donor dollar.
  • Responsiveness:
    • We keep our ear to the ground. We have our fingers on the pulse of our communities. We strive to keep current with local issues and emerging needs. Our non-designated funds give us the flexibility to respond to new priorities through our annual granting. We are always open to establishing new funds, as opportunities arise.
  • Excellence:
    • We strive for excellence in all we do, seeking to be a positive leader in our communities.
  • Sustainability:
    • We offer a long-term approach to charitable giving. We invite donors to help create a lasting legacy that will benefit current and future generations.

Areas of Granting

The Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies takes a broad and inclusive view of what a community is, and provides grants to the widest possible range of organizations and initiatives in the areas of:

  • Animal Welfare
  • Arts, Culture and Heritage
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Mental Health and Addictions
  • Outdoor Recreation, Physical Activity, and Sports
  • Programs for Seniors
  • Social and Health Services


Board of Directors

David Struthers

David Struthers

President

David Struthers is a partner in VAST Resource Solutions, a Cranbrook-based natural resource consulting firm. Raised in Ogema, Saskatchewan, David completed his Agriculture degree at the University of Saskatchewan in 1984 and worked in the Western Canadian agri-business industry for 17 years prior to relocating to Cranbrook in 2001. David has been an active volunteer for more than 30 years. He joined the Community Foundation board in 2012 and has served as President since 2016. David enjoys hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, curling, skiing and sharing his life with his wife Sally, and their four children.

Carol Hatala

Carol Hatala

Vice-President

Carol Hatala was born in Fernie and moved to Cranbrook as an infant. She was publisher of the Cranbrook Daily Townsman and Kimberley Daily Bulletin until 1995. She purchased Murray’s Office Plus and enjoyed serving the Cranbrook and area for over twenty years. Carol is married to Jerry and they have five grown children and seven grandchildren. When not doing family things, they enjoy seeing the world, golfing, skiing, and RV’ing. CFKR’s values align with Carol’s strong community commitment. Carol joined the CFKR Board in March 2010.

Ken Lo

Ken Lo

Treasurer

Ken Lo works at East Kootenay Community Credit Union. He has been a Cranbrook resident since December 2015 and really enjoys the spirit in our community. Ken is an advocate of cooperative culture and community value-based businesses. He enjoys cycling, hiking, and travelling. Ken joined the CFKR board in April 2016.  

Lorraine Frocklage

Lorraine Frocklage

Secretary

Lorraine is a life-long resident of Cranbrook. In 2007, Lorraine retired from a distinguished 34-year career with the City of Cranbrook. Lorraine and her husband Ralph raised their three children in Cranbrook and are proud grandparents to six grandchildren. Lorraine joined the Community Foundation Board in June 2004 and has served as Board Secretary for the last several years. Lorraine believes in the Community Foundation’s work to establish and grow a permanent “community nest egg”, which provides annual grants to local non-profits, in perpetuity.

Michele Bates

Michele Bates

Board Member

Michele is a Planner with the Regional District of East Kootenay. She moved to Cranbrook from Saskatchewan in 1991. Michele believes in giving back to the community and joined the CFKR Board in 2015. She also volunteers for Hungry for Life and the Cranbrook Snowmobile Club and is a past Director of the Key City Theatre Board. Michele loves to travel but when at home, her happy place is kayaking the Kootenay’s beautiful lakes or enjoying a magnificent meal prepared by her husband, Ray.

Chad Murray

Chad Murray

Board Member

Chad is a Chartered Professional Accountant. He has vacationed in the East Kootenays for over 25 years and relocated here in 2016. When he is not number crunching, Chad enjoys spending time with his family, swimming, biking and skiing. Chad is pleased to be on the board of an organization that provides benefits to people in need. Chad joined the CFKR Board in September 2016.

Lisa Barnes

Lisa Barnes

Board Member

Lisa and her husband, Graham, are the owners and operators of Max’s Place.  Lisa was born and raised in Cranbrook and worked for Max in high school.  After living throughout the province with Graham they returned to Cranbrook to take over the business in 2012.  When not at the shop making coffees and catching up with the customers Lisa can be found on one of her various bikes or walking her Pugs Rosie and Lloyd.  Lisa is honored to sit on the board of the Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies.  It is a privilege to work with a group of individuals who are committed to our community and making it a better place to live, work and play, now and forever. Lisa joined the CFKR board in June 2017.

Sean Campbell

Sean Campbell

Board Member

Sean Campbell is the General Manager of Community Futures East Kootenay, a non-profit organization that provides small business loans and advice to local entrepreneurs.  Eager to raise his family in a smaller community with tremendous opportunities, Sean moved to Cranbrook from Calgary in 2002. He joined the Board of the Kootenay Rockies Community Foundation in June 2017 and is proud to volunteer his time with an organization so focused on positively impacting the lives of area residents.

Jeremy Mitchell

Jeremy Mitchell

Board Member

Jeremy is a lawyer who practices litigation and dispute resolution.  He was born in Saskatchewan and raised in Cranbrook.  When he is not in the office, Jeremy and his family enjoy the many outdoor activities that Cranbrook has to offer.  Jeremy is pleased to be on the board of an organization that provides meaningful and long-lasting benefits to the local area. Jeremy joined the CFKR board in June 2017.

Cary Swanson

Cary Swanson

Board Member

Cary is a Realtor with 20 years’ experience in Cranbrook. Born in Williams Lake, he moved to Cranbrook in 1996 with his wife and two children. “Best move I made,” he declares. Climbing, hiking, and watersports are some of his and his wife’s passions. Living here helps make it possible. He served with the CED Committee which saw the local airport become the, Canadian Rockies International Airport. He gladly accepted the invitation to join the CFKR Board in June 2017. As a CFKR Board Member, Cary’s goal is to help the community and give back what it has so generously given to him and his family.

Murray Knipfel

Murray Knipfel

Board Member

Murray arrived in Cranbrook in 1976.  He enjoyed 34 years teaching both high school and elementary school here. He and his wife, Germaine, have raised their two children in this lovely town.  Over the years, Murray has been a member of several bands and pit orchestras. He enjoys playing hockey, skiing, golfing, biking, yard work and renovating his childrens’ homes!  Murray thinks that Cranbrook is the perfect place to raise a family.  Murray joined the CFKR Board in June 2017.

Angela Gordon

Angela Gordon

Board Member

Angela Gordon moved to Cranbrook from Saskatchewan in 2009 with her husband to construct and open the Boston Pizza Restaurant and Sports Bar. Angela’s background is in corporate communications where she practiced public relations for 12 years operating her own business and serving as part of the executive team for Casinos Regina and Moose Jaw. Prior to moving to BC, Angela was an avid curler and competed at a high level obtaining numerous provincial titles, a national title and represented Canada on the world stage. Angela and her husband Trevor were community champions in Saskatchewan and have carried on that tradition in Cranbrook through sponsoring and volunteering with numerous organizations. Angela joined the Board of Directors for the CFKR in June 2018. 

Karla Graff

Karla Graff

Board Member

Karla was born and raised in Cranbrook, and, after a few years away to complete post-secondary education, she returned to the Kootenays to raise her own family.  She is a partner with Guidance Planning Strategies, an independent insurance and financial advisory firm co-founded by her father in 1994.  Karla is grateful for the opportunity to volunteer her time and expertise with the Foundation, knowing that the generosity and efforts of all involved will benefit her beloved community not only now, but also for many years to come. Karla joined the CFKR board in September 2018.



Staff

Lynnette Wray

Lynnette Wray

Executive Director

Lynnette is originally from Alberta and has been very proud to call Cranbrook home for the past twenty years. Lynnette has dedicated her career to the non-profit field, including work with a variety of organizations throughout the East Kootenay. Lynnette and her husband, Ross, keep busy with their children’s activities, as well as playing hockey, cycling, and enjoying the beauty of the local area. Lynnette believes in the power of community and sees her role with the Community Foundation as an amazing opportunity to make a lasting positive impact. Lynnette joined CFKR in May 2017.



External Volunteers


  • Norma Blissett, City of Cranbrook Council Liaison - Volunteer
  • Katherine Hough, Volunteer
  • Lee-Ann Crane, Volunteer
  • James Letcher, Volunteer
  • Marion Eunson, Volunteer
  • Tarralin Hanson, Volunteer
  • Graham Longpre, Volunteer
  • Neil Cook, Volunteer
  • Wayne Eburne, Volunteer
  • Corinne Friesen, Volunteer


Committees

 

CFKR Grant Making Committee

  • Carol Hatala (Chair)
  • Michele Bates
  • Murray Knipfel
  • Lisa Barnes
  • James Letcher 
  • Marion Eunson 
  • Tarralin Hanson 

 

CFKR Governance Committee

  • Michele Bates (Chair)
  • Lorraine Frocklage
  • Jeremy Mitchell
  • Lisa Barnes
  • Lee-Ann Crane 

 

CFKR Finance Committee

  • Ken Lo (Chair)
  • Chad Murray
  • Carol Hatala
  • Sean Campbell
  • Lisa Barnes

 

CFKR Fund Development & Promotions Committee

  • Sean Campbell (Chair)
  • Lorraine Frocklage
  • Cary Swanson
  • Angela Gordon
  • Karla Graff
  • Katherine Hough 
  • Graham Longpre 
  • Neil Cook 

 

CFKR Nominating Committee

  • Carol Hatala
  • David Struthers

 

Fernie Community Fund Steering Committee

  • Eric Johnstone (Chair)
  • Patty Vadnais
  • Aysha Haines
  • Randal Macnair
  • Jennifer Cronin
  • Andrew Hayden
  • David Street

 

Sparwood Community Fund Steering Committee

  • Barb Nunes (Chair)
  • Sharon Strom
  • Beverly MacNaughton
  • Norma McDougall
  • Lynn Edwards

 

Elkford Community Fund Steering Committee

  • Terry Vandale (Chair)
  • Jessica Bohn
  • Shawna Klein
  • Ethel Robinson
  • Thomas Skelton

 

President David Struthers and Executive Director Lynnette Wray are ex officio members of all committees.


Our History

In the fall of 2000, a Kimberley resident bequeathed more than $190,000 to the Cranbrook United Way on the condition the funding worked in perpetuity to aid social causes within the Cranbrook region.

In searching for a proper investment vehicle, an opportunity was identified to raise funds locally and to receive matching grants from both the Vancouver Foundation and the Columbia Basin Trust to supplement a two-year local fund raising drive to the amount of $100,000. Over the ensuing two years members of a United Way committee worked within the community to develop interest and raise community awareness. The Cranbrook and District Community Foundation (CDCF) began to take root and initial board members came forward. On March 1, 2003, approximately 75 citizens of our community met at the Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort in Cranbrook with Barbara Oates of the Community Foundation of Canada to discuss the formation of a local Foundation.A steering committee was formed and exploration began on how to incorporate, receive status as a registered charity, and become a Community Foundation. The purpose of the Foundation is to benefit a broad cross-section of the community. It is mandated to serve Cranbrook and the surrounding area, including Fort Steele, Wardner, Jaffray, Moyie, and Wycliffe.

By 2004, the CDCF was incorporated, registered as a charity and was a member of the Community Foundations of Canada, having adopted their code of ethics to ensure open, transparent governance and the professional management of funds.

The CDCF held it’s first Grants Gala and Community Kick-Off event on September 25, 2004. It was attended by Foundation members, representatives from all levels of government, and numerous community leaders and engaged citizens from Cranbrook, both within the private and public sectors.

At the event, $5,000 in LEAD funding from the Vancouver Foundation was distributed to four community projects identified through the first CDCF public grants offering:

  1. A “Teen Space” for the public library
  2. Aid to the community kitchen managed by the Cranbrook Women’s Resource Society
  3. The Children’s Festival
  4. New sound and lighting equipment to enable the Cranbrook Community Theatre to mount more elaborate productions.

The other highlight of the evening was the official signing of a $50,000 Deed of Gift with the F. W. Green Foundation. The revenue generated from these monies will go to support senior’s projects in the community.

The Board and members of the Cranbrook and District Community Foundation look forward to many years of community support. A prominent theme of Community Foundations is, “It takes a noble person to plant a tree under whose shade will sit people one may never meet.”


Publications

2017 Annual Report

2016 Annual Report

2015 Annual Report