Canada 150 Funding
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Parks Foundation Calgary is thrilled to be one of the 13 recipients of the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP) Funds being announced today in Calgary. These funds were approved to enhance community amenities and will benefit all Calgarians.
In conjunction with Canada's 150th birthday this year, PFC will also be celebrating the completion of our largest project to-date: the Rotary/Mattamy Greenway - a 138 km ring-road pathway that encircles the city of Calgary. The pathway is free to use, accessible to all Calgarians, connects 55 communities together and over 400,000 residents. Along the pathway, users will find unique park amenities such as outdoor fitness parks, off-leash dog parks, educational wetland interpretive areas, boardwalks, playgrounds and Memorial parks.
Our city-wide celebration event is funded in part by the Government of Canada and is scheduled for September 2, 2017. More details of the event will be shared as they become available.
Thank you to all of our sponsors and donors who have supported us on this five year journey - without your support, this project would not be a reality.
PFC Welcomes New Executive Director
Parks Foundation Calgary Board of Governors is pleased to appoint Sheila Taylor as the new Executive Director of Parks Foundation Calgary effective January 1, 2017. She succeeds Myrna Dubé, who is retiring from PFC at the end of 2016.
Ms. Taylor is currently the General Manager of Quattro Energy Services. A familiar face in the community, she was elected to the Calgary Board of Education in 2010 and 2013, and held the positions of Board Trustee and Board Chair, and has been a strong advocate for quality public education and financial transparency. Ms. Taylor has also held the position of President and Board Chair for the Lake Bonavista Community Association, where she led an organizational turnaround and represented the community as official spokesperson with the media, all levels of government and various community groups.
“Under Myrna Dubé’s leadership over the last 10 years, Parks Foundation Calgary has transformed the City’s greenspaces, and we are excited and inspired about what the future holds for us.” says John (JR) Houghton, Parks Foundation Calgary Board Chair. “Our largest and most iconic project, the Rotary/Mattamy Greenway, will be the largest urban pathway and park system in the world when it is completed in September, 2017. At PFC, we will continue to focus our efforts on making Calgary a great city for its residents and guests by providing easily accessible, unique, recreational, sport and green spaces in our community. Sheila Taylor is well positioned to take us through this next phase of our journey, given her passion and commitment to community and healthy living.”
“I am very excited about the opportunity to lead this integral organization in the city of Calgary, and I look forward to working with all of our current and new supporters and partners, including our various levels of government, as well as the staff and Board of PFC.” Taylor says.
More information will be shared on the leadership transition in the new year.
Parks Foundation Calgary
Changes at Parks Foundation Calgary...
Our CEO, Myrna Dubé will be setting off on a new adventure later this year and we are very excited (and sad) to see her go. As you will see in the official notice below from our Chairman, John Houghton, Myrna will continue on with Parks Foundation Calgary in a smaller capacity to help us complete our signature project, the Rotary/Mattamy Greenway.
We wish Myrna all the best and look forward to a new chapter here at Parks Foundation Calgary.
Thank-you, Thomas Walsh...
Parks Foundation Calgary is very saddened to hear of the recent passing of Thomas Walsh, who was the founding Chairman of our organization. He served in this capacity from 1985 through 1988 and remained a supporter throughout our 30 year history. His vision of beautifying Calgary with parks and pathways has played out in many of the lovely parks we developed and Calgarians continue to enjoy. We express our sincerest condolences to his family, associates and friends.
Myrna Dubé, CEO, the Board of Governors and staff of Parks Foundation Calgary
With the tragic death of MLA Manmeet Bhullar, Parks Foundation Calgary has lost one of its most cherished friends.
Bhullar was one of the driving forces behind the launch of PFC’s Rotary/Mattamy Greenway, a project of pathways, urban parks and environmental wetlands open to all Calgarians.
In fact it was in Bhullar’s riding that the first phase of the 138-kilometre project commenced, given his enthusiastic, and continued, support.
It is no surprise that his constituency was renamed Calgary Greenway.
PFC joins all Albertans in offering our sympathy to Bhullar’s family and our thank-you to him for his dedication to this province and to all its citizens.
In a too-short life, marked by empathy and public service, Bhullar had stopped on the highway to offer his help to a distressed driver when he was hit and killed by another vehicle.
We will miss this true champion of Alberta.
Parks Foundation Calgary
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