FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The inaugural Board of Directors for the North Peace Community Foundation has chosen their first Executive Director.

Susan Adams was chosen by the Board after “an exhaustive search,” to take on the lead role with the Community Foundation.

Adams was recently the Executive Director of the Downtown Vernon Association, and she brings a wealth of experience in economic development, community programming and communications.

The North Peace Community Foundation is the result of in-depth, extensive discussions with the community that began in early 2020, according to a release.

The next steps for the Board and Executive Director are to develop policies and procedures to establish the Foundation, work with local First Nations communities to create a meaningful brand identity, and prepare the Foundation to be transitioned to a community-led Board of Directors.

The North Peace Community Foundation is designed to support local non-profit organizations, providing grants-in-aid and permissive tax exemptions that currently come directly from the City of Fort St. John’s operating budget.

The transition to the Community Foundation will be gradual, but Chief Financial Officer David Joy hopes to have it established by the end of 2021.

More information about the North Peace Community Foundation will be announced early in the new year.