Lorna Hart is the new chairperson of the board of Abbotsford Community Foundation.

Lorna Hart is the new chairperson of the board of Abbotsford Community Foundation.

New board chair for Abbotsford Community Foundation

Lorna Hart elected to role after Harv Wiens completes two-year term

Lorna Hart from Cascade Aerospace has been elected the new chair of the board of the Abbotsford Community Foundation (ACF).

Harv Wiens of Sunlife Financial has completed his two-year term as chair and expressed his support of the change in leadership.

“ACF is in good hands with this change in leadership,” he said. “I am honoured to have served in the capacity of board chair for the past two years, and we have seen significant impact and growth during my tenure.”

Wiens has served on the ACF board since 2007, dedicating countless volunteer hours to the organization.

Hart has been a resident of Abbotsford for over 35 years. She has worked in aviation or aerospace for her entire career, mainly for Conair Group and Cascade Aerospace, and is currently responsible for commercial business development at Cascade.

Over the years, she has served on the board of directors for the Chamber of Commerce and for the ACF, as well as on several committees associated with these organizations.

“What inspires me about the ACF is that it enables donors to create permanent endowment funds and the investment income of that fund will support local charities they choose, both now and in the future,” Hart said.

“Essentially this allows people who care about their community to invest in their community and make a long-term impact.”

In addition to the change in leadership, the ACF added two new board directors – Bryan Born, president of Columbia Bible College, and Satvir Gill, portfolio manager at Scotia Wealth Management.

ACF executive director Wendy Neufeld said the work of ACF would not be possible without the more than 45 volunteers who participate on the various committees and on the board.

“Abbotsford has a population that believes in giving back to their community. The ACF is grateful to have the support of community leaders to advance our strategic priorities,” she said.

Neufeld said the current pool of invested capital is more than $11 million and, since ACF’s inception, more than $10 million has been distributed in grants and student awards.

Visit abbotsfordcf.org for more information or to make a donation.

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