e4c’s board plays an important role in helping to ensure our organization stays true to our vision of ultimately ending poverty and our mission to change lives and grow communities. They keep us focused on our core values of Courage, Compassion, Connection and Commitment and set the strategic direction and priorities for the organization. Our board plays an essential role in promoting e4c and fostering relationships with partners, supporters, government and stakeholders. Their guidance also ensures we remain accountable to donors, partners and the community.
Board members bring a range of skills and experience to their work and a dedication to helping those living in poverty. All of our board members volunteer their time and have chosen to become involved with e4c because they believe in the work we do, the people we help and the possibility of a future without poverty.
Message from Patricia Bounds, Board Chair
I have been a member of the Board of Directors for e4c for the past seven years and am honoured to now serve as Board Chair. During my 35 years as an educator, I focused on increasing learning opportunities and supports for vulnerable students and had the opportunity to work closely with school communities and families. The ability to make an impact on the lives of others is one of the many things that drew me to work with e4c.
As Board Chair, I am especially excited by the opportunity to lead a dedicated, talented board whose members span a diverse range of skills, perspectives and backgrounds. Together, we bring decades of experience in education, health, private industry and government to our roles, along with a shared commitment to the elimination of poverty. My hope is to use this collective resource to support e4c as they walk alongside Edmonton’s most vulnerable citizens.
e4c’s vision is to see the elimination of poverty and our mission is to change lives and grow communities. In my time with the board, I have seen our leadership and staff work diligently to achieve those goals and to ensure every person is treated with respect and compassion. We are dedicated to seeing the strength and resiliency in each individual and to using the resources we have to help them see that strength in themselves. e4c recognizes that poverty is complex and that individuals, community organizations and the various orders of government must work together to spur grassroots, community-level change. I am looking forward to continuing to be part of that change.
e4c Board of Directors 2018 – 2019
Patricia Bounds, President
John Cotton, Past President
Wayne McKendrick, Vice-President
Anna Reyes, Treasurer
Marian Gayed, Secretary