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Remembering Elaine Turner ~ Former Executive Director of PDCF

1950 - 2016

Tribute by:
Robert Leitch, M.Ed.
PDCF Board of Directors 2006-11
President 2010-11

It was with shock, sadness and regret that the Board and staff of the Perth and District Community Foundation learned of the passing of a vital and much loved member of our community, Elaine Turner. Following a very successful career with the Royal bank, Elaine was appointed as Executive Director of the Perth & District Community Foundation in Dec 2008. In announcing her appointment then President Warren Hollis stated: “Elaine is well known and respected within the local community; both in her professional roles and as a committed volunteer. Her extensive leadership skills will help position the Foundation to enable the ongoing growth of its endowment funds and support the continuation of the Board’s commitment to a proactive role in developing lasting contributions to our community.” … And indeed, she did - by providing administrative support and organizational structure to the Board and its committees and the on-going development of a comprehensive range of community outreach initiatives.

Elaine served the foundation from 2008 – 14 as Executive Director and an additional two years as transitional lead. She provided continuity and stability while serving with six different presidents and many dedicated and talented board and committee members. As board member and president of the foundation, I had the pleasure of working with Elaine and appreciated her no nonsense approach always tempered with great sense of humour.

She took the foundation to a whole new level of growth. Her fundraising efforts, special event coordination, networking with professional financial advisors, articulation of the foundation’s mission and value proposition to the community, donor relations, board support and direction, management of the foundation’s corporate affairs, policies and procedures and effective publicity and media relations were exceptional and always with great care and professionalism.

I’d like to now quote from the foundation’s beautiful tribute to Elaine on their website:
“During her tenure, Elaine applied her many skills and talents and her unfailing professionalism and good humour to shepherd the Foundation to a level of maturity that could serve as a model for Community Foundations across Canada in centres large and small. Confident in what was right and best, Elaine nudged along in the right direction her volunteer board and associates with her firm but gentle and always respectful manner. She was an enthusiastic supporter of the Community Foundation and a good will ambassador throughout the community spreading word of the Community Foundation's good works through her large personal network and faithful attendance at many events important to the Foundation's donors and grant recipients.”

On October 2, 2014, current and former Board members and other friends of the Foundation met at the Stone Cellar to thank Elaine Turner for her outstanding contribution as Executive Director. It was a night to reminisce about what she had accomplished during her tenure, to make the Foundation a more professional and accountable organization and to grow the endowment fund to its current level. President Steve Hillier talked in glowing terms about her many accomplishments. Here now is a slide presentation made that evening:

A Farewell to Elaine Turner.

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A retrospective look at some of Elaine's Contributions to PDCF.
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PDCF December 2016 Newsletter

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