On Wednesday, March 15, 2017, The West Vancouver Community Foundation choose a new CEO with plans to double grants.
Strong business skills – check. Deep understanding of social responsibility – check. Years of experience in fundraising and philanthropy – check. Roots in West Vancouver’s community – check. Adine Mees brings all that to her new role as chief executive officer of the West Vancouver Community Foundation. “Working with the West Vancouver Community Foundation means actively participating in the daily life of this incredible community. Great communities don't simply happen; they are intentional and they require sustained effort and support. I am excited about beginning that work, meeting with people and community groups and working with them to understand where we can collaborate and have an impact,” she says. “And I am absolutely thrilled to be working in West Vancouver. It’s my home. I was born here and my husband David and I have raised our family here.”
The West Vancouver Community Foundation provides financial support to community projects in health, education, the arts, the environment and social services. It also offers scholarships and awards for students by managing more than $13 million in assets and a long list of endowment funds. It has granted $2 million to community projects and $220,000 in student scholarships since it was founded in 1979. Going forward, the foundation intends to grow its assets to $30 million over the next eight years, allowing it to give away $1 million annually. Along with new financial targets, the foundation is now leading key community discussions. Last year, its first Vital Signs report cast light on what it means to be vulnerable in West Vancouver– housing security for seniors and others, marginalized new residents, readiness of young children to successfully begin school, mental health and addiction issues, and the absence of the 20- to 44- year-old cohort in West Vancouver–the ‘missing middle.’ Mees’ skills and professional background position her very well to meet new financial targets and to lead the discussion on community issues.
Her most recent role was president and CEO of the Minerva Foundation. Prior to that, she spent a decade as president and CEO of Canadian Business for Social Responsibility, which advances corporate citizenship and sustainability. She’s also held senior roles with Citizens Bank of Canada and Vancity.