History

In 1978, Mayor Derrick Humphreys appointed a committee to explore the possibility of creating a charitable foundation to keep philanthropic monies from leaving West Vancouver.   Members of the committee were: Gordon Rowntree, David  Mathieson and Bill Hyndman.

In September 1979, the first meeting of the Board of Directors was held.  Present:  Mr. Derrick Humphreys, Mr. Gordon Rowntree, Mr. David Mathieson, Mr. Bill Hyndman, Mr. Frank Griffiths, Jr.  (for his father), Mr. Charlie Hopkins, Mrs. Kay Meek, Mrs. Mary Pattison, Mrs. Shirley Sager.

Our founding donors (1979-1982) are:

  • Mrs. J.M. Brown
  • Daon Development
  • Mr. Frank Griffiths Sr.
  • Mrs. Kay Meek
  • Kay Meek Foundation
  • Mr. Jim Pattison
  • Mr. Clarence Sorensen
  • Mr. David Spencer
  • West Vancouver Visual Society

Past Board Members are 1979 - 2016:

  • Kassem Aghtai
  • Tom Baillie
  • Merla Beckerman
  • Pat Boname
  • Barbara Brink
  • James G. Carphin
  • Stuart Clyne
  • Keith Duncan
  • Mohammed Faris
  • Peter Finch
  • Robert Gayton
  • James Green
  • Byron Hender
  • Derrick Humphreys
  • Donald Lanskail
  • Wendy Lisogar-Cocchia
  • David Mathieson
  • Bill McQuaid
  • Ed Moul
  • Jennifer Orum
  • Les Peterson
  • Ken Rekrutiak
  • Gordon Rowntree
  • Don Saunders
  • Peter Speck
  • Gary Sutherland
  • Peter Van Drimmelen
  • James Dixon
  • R. Keith Duncan
  • Jack Farley
  • Margaret Forsyth
  • Marjorie Gibson
  • Catherine Greyell
  • Charile Hopkins
  • Patricia Jarvis
  • Edwin Lee
  • Carol Ludvigsen
  • Cowan McKinney
  • Kay Meek
  • Diana Murphy
  • Mary Pattison
  • Tim Porteous
  • Martin Roberts
  • Garth Rowsome
  • Azad Shamji
  • Ann Sturrock
  • Doug Taylor
  • Helen Vanee
  • Robert Wyman
  • Robert Annable
  • Jerry Beckerman
  • Peter Bogardus
  • Ken Bream
  • James Cameron
  • Malcolm Clay
  • Margie Driscoll
  • Robert Eadie
  • Nassreen Filsoof
  • D. Stuart Fraser
  • Brayden Gordon
  • Frank A. Griffiths Sr.
  • Barbara Howard
  • Russell Kinninmont
  • Ray Leeden
  • Barbara MacDougall
  • Stuart McLaughlin
  • Bruce Milley
  • Coleen Nemtin
  • Keith Peltier
  • Richard Rees
  • Frank A. Robertson
  • Mark Sager
  • Norma Sorenson
  • Judy Summers (Okazaki)
  • Rob Travers
  • Jo-Ann Wood
  • Tom Allison
  • Patrick Shannon
  • Kristin MacMillan
  • Valorie Pawson
  • Peter Ackhurst
  • Ron Royston
  • Bill Harvey
  • Fanny Patterson
  • Gerry Humphries
  • Philip McLeod
  • Colleen Cattell
  • Barbara McMillan

Over the past three decades, the Foundation has accumulated net assets in excess of $10 million, has more than 65 funds, has granted over $1.5 million in support of community projects and organizations and awarded $220,000 in scholarships to students in the community.The West Vancouver Community Foundation is one of over 191 Canadian community foundations.  These foundations provide a stable source of funding through permanent endowment funds that permit members of the community to assess changing needs and allocate financial support where required.