Board and Staff

Board of Directors

  • David Struthers, President
  • Carol Hatala, Vice-President
  • Ken Lo, Treasurer
  • Lorraine Frocklage, Secretary
  • Michele Bates
  • Chad Murray
  • Lisa Barnes
  • Sean Campbell
  • Jeremy Mitchell
  • Cary Swanson
  • Murray Knipfel
  • Angela Gordon
  • Karla Graff


External Volunteers

  • Norma Blissett (City of Cranbrook Council Liaison)
  • Katherine Hough
  • Lee-Ann Crane
  • James Letcher
  • Marion Eunson
  • Tarralin Hanson
  • Neil Cook
  • Wayne Eburne
  • Corinne Friesen



  • Lynnette Wray, Executive Director



CFKR Grant Making Committee

  • Carol Hatala (Chair)
  • Michele Bates
  • Murray Knipfel
  • Lisa Barnes
  • James Letcher
  • Marion Eunson
  • Tarralin Hanson


CFKR Governance Committee

  • Michele Bates (Chair)
  • Lorraine Frocklage
  • Jeremy Mitchell
  • Lee-Ann Crane


CFKR Finance Committee

  • Ken Lo (Chair)
  • Chad Murray
  • Carol Hatala
  • Sean Campbell
  • Lisa Barnes


CFKR Fund Development & Promotions Committee

  • Sean Campbell (Chair)
  • Lorraine Frocklage
  • Jeremy Mitchell
  • Neil Cook
  • Cary Swanson
  • Angela Gordon


CFKR Nominating Committee

  • Carol Hatala
  • David Struthers


Fernie Community Fund Steering Committee

  • Eric Johnstone (Chair)
  • Patty Vadnais
  • Aysha Haines
  • Randal Macnair
  • Jennifer Cronin
  • Andrew Hayden
  • David Street


Sparwood Community Fund Steering Committee

  • Barb Nunes (Chair)
  • Sharon Strom
  • Beverly MacNaughton
  • Norma McDougall
  • Lynn Edwards


Elkford Community Fund Steering Committee

  • Jessica Bohn
  • Shawna Klein
  • Terry Vandale


President David Struthers and Executive Director Lynnette Wray are ex officio members of all committees.

Vision, Mission, Values & Goals


A safe, healthy, sustainable, and vibrant community.


The Cranbrook and District Community Foundation enhances the quality of life for area residents by:

  • Attracting, developing, and managing permanent endowment funds through responsible stewardship
  • Assessing and responding to existing and emerging community needs through grants to qualified donees
  • Offering a means for individuals and organizations to contribute to our community both during and after their lifetime
  • Provide leadership in our community, through convening around issues of community concern


  • We restrict our activities to those required to fulfill our Mission
  • We maintain relevance by continuously assessing and addressing the community needs
  • We conduct our business openly, respectfully and ethically
  • We promote inclusiveness and community harmony
  • We recognize and support the efforts of volunteers and staff of the Foundation and other agencies
  • We generate adequate resources, manage them effectively, and disburse them consistent with our purposes, priorities, and policies
  • We strive for excellence in all aspects of our organization
  • We assess and account for performance and plan for continuous improvement on an on-going basis

Areas of Granting

The Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies takes a broad and inclusive view of what a community is, and provides grants to the widest possible range of organizations and initiatives in the areas of:

  • Animal Welfare
  • Arts, Culture and Heritage
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Mental Health and Addictions
  • Outdoor Recreation, Physical Activity, and Sports
  • Programs for Seniors
  • Social and Health Services

Our History

In the fall of 2000, a Kimberley resident bequeathed more than $190,000 to the Cranbrook United Way on the condition the funding worked in perpetuity to aid social causes within the Cranbrook region.

In searching for a proper investment vehicle, an opportunity was identified to raise funds locally and to receive matching grants from both the Vancouver Foundation and the Columbia Basin Trust to supplement a two-year local fund raising drive to the amount of $100,000. Over the ensuing two years members of a United Way committee worked within the community to develop interest and raise community awareness. The Cranbrook and District Community Foundation (CDCF) began to take root and initial board members came forward. On March 1, 2003, approximately 75 citizens of our community met at the Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort in Cranbrook with Barbara Oates of the Community Foundation of Canada to discuss the formation of a local Foundation.A steering committee was formed and exploration began on how to incorporate, receive status as a registered charity, and become a Community Foundation. The purpose of the Foundation is to benefit a broad cross-section of the community. It is mandated to serve Cranbrook and the surrounding area, including Fort Steele, Wardner, Jaffray, Moyie, and Wycliffe.

By 2004, the CDCF was incorporated, registered as a charity and was a member of the Community Foundations of Canada, having adopted their code of ethics to ensure open, transparent governance and the professional management of funds.

The CDCF held it’s first Grants Gala and Community Kick-Off event on September 25, 2004. It was attended by Foundation members, representatives from all levels of government, and numerous community leaders and engaged citizens from Cranbrook, both within the private and public sectors.

At the event, $5,000 in LEAD funding from the Vancouver Foundation was distributed to four community projects identified through the first CDCF public grants offering:

  1. A “Teen Space” for the public library
  2. Aid to the community kitchen managed by the Cranbrook Women’s Resource Society
  3. The Children’s Festival
  4. New sound and lighting equipment to enable the Cranbrook Community Theatre to mount more elaborate productions.

The other highlight of the evening was the official signing of a $50,000 Deed of Gift with the F. W. Green Foundation. The revenue generated from these monies will go to support senior’s projects in the community.

The Board and members of the Cranbrook and District Community Foundation look forward to many years of community support. A prominent theme of Community Foundations is, “It takes a noble person to plant a tree under whose shade will sit people one may never meet.”


2017 Annual Report

2016 Annual Report

2015 Annual Report