Kimberley Community Foundation starts new fund

Endowment will honour longtime foundation member Theresa Cundiff

The Kimberley & District Community Foundation and the community at large suffered a great loss in 2013, with the death of a long time director, Theresa Cundiff.

“Theresa is remembered as a wonderful elementary educator who worked for over 30 years in the Kimberley School District,” said the Foundation’s Terry Oscarson. “Her warm and caring attitude endeared her to her students and parents alike.

“As a Board member of the KDCF, she worked with enthusiasm and compassion as the Chair of the Granting Committee. She was committed to ensuring that community organizations received the funding required to be successful.  Her passion for Kimberley and its residents was truly evident in all her interactions.  She was an avid supporter of the arts and a keen participant in recreational activities.”

Foundation board members discussed the best way to honour Theresa and keep her legacy alive, and decided that establishing an endowment in her name would be appropriate.

The KDCF is requesting Kimberley’s assistance in doing so.

“We hope that appreciative parents of students that Theresa had taught, former students and colleagues will generously donate to this proposed fund to make it a reality,” Oscarson said.

Those who donate will see their funds invested, with interest from the funds awarded on a yearly basis in Theresa’s name in the areas of arts and culture, the environment and in eduction.

If you would like to make a donation to the Theresa Cundiff Fund, an account has been set up at the Kimberley Credit Union.

You can go online at www.kimberleyfoundation.ca

There will also be a mail-out going out with quarterly City utility bills, with foundation information and a donation form.

“We’d like people to know that endowment funds can be established in the memory of any loved one,” Oscarson said. “It is a wonderful way to develop a lasting legacy for a loved one in which grants will be given in areas that the person was passionate about.

“A gift to the Foundation is a gift that keeps on giving.”