Due to illness Podmore steps down as Community Foundation chair, Graff steps up

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the several hundred Bowen Islanders who so generously supported the Bowen Island Community Foundation in 2018. Your contributions and endowment earnings of over $232,000 in 2018 allowed the BICF to continue supporting important community initiatives and services, often in cooperation with other Bowen Island charitable organizations.

Regrettably, I could not attend the foundation’s annual meeting on April 26 due to critical major surgery but I do understand that Holly Graff, our vice chair and each of the foundation’s very capable and dedicated directors gave excellent reports on the foundation’s activities in 2018 and outlined details of several new programs to be initiated in 2019.

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At this time I must focus my energies on full recovery from my recent surgery which is expected to take three to four months ––fortunately, the prognosis for a full recovery is excellent!

Under the circumstances, I have asked Holly if she would step into the chair’s position effective immediately to which she has graciously agreed.

I know Holly will provide exceptional leadership to the foundation and enjoys the support and confidence of each of the foundation’s directors. I will continue as a director and as I regain my strength will do all I can to support Holly and the foundation going forward.

It has been a distinct privilege to serve as the BICF’s chair and to have a role in and witness firsthand the positive results of the foundation’s work in the Bowen community.

As a very good friend of mine proclaims daily… “It just keeps getting better!”

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