Wendy Neufeld, Executive Director
Abbotsford Community Foundation Chair Harv Wiens, is pleased to announce the appointment of Wendy Neufeld as Executive Director, effective April 18, 2017, replacing retiring Executive Director Susan McAlevy.
Wendy has deep roots in Abbotsford where she graduated from Mouat and later became the owner of a very successful insurance agency for 16 years. Wendy has a passion for giving back to the community, demonstrated by many years of exemplary leadership with her Rotary club, volunteering on several Boards and donating endless hours of time to make a difference to the city. In 2016 the City of Abbotsford affirmed Wendy’s outstanding contributions by awarding her the Order of Abbotsford.
“I am excited to have this opportunity to serve the Abbotsford community. I hope to connect with many of the community members I have had the privilege of working with through my varied volunteer and business roles. I love the diversity and generosity of Abbotsford’s citizens and look forward to partnering with organizations and individuals to help them invest in our community to make it even stronger,” Neufeld said.
Since its inception in 1979, Abbotsford Community Foundation has awarded over $9 million in student awards to high school grads and grants to local charities. Recently the Foundation’s total endowments reached the $10 million mark. It currently provides approximately $500,000 a year in grants and student awards.
“Working with Wendy our board and volunteers will build on what we have accomplished in last several years, increasing awareness about the work of the foundation and the opportunities for donors to realize their philanthropic goals,” Wiens said.
Dee became an employee at ACF in 2007, five years after completing more than 28 years of employment with BC Tel / Telus. She has lived in Abbotsford since 1986 and enjoys her cats, camping and reading. “I enjoy telling people in the community that my job as Awards Coordinator here at ACF entails giving away lots of money.”