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Susan Byrom
Executive Director

Susan provides strategic leadership to the First West Foundation. She brings over 15 years of experience serving the social sector as leader of First West Credit Union’s community investment, employee, and outreach programs across BC. A member of Volunteer Canada's Corporate Community Engagement Council, Susan holds an MBA specializing in Non-Profit and Charitable Organization Management from Trinity Western University. 

Jackey Zellweger

In her role as Foundation & Community Investment Specialist, Jackey brings her passion for people to First West Foundation and its community partners. With a strong background in the non-profit sector, Jackey manages the Foundation’s two largest community endowments. Focused on creating capacity for charities through effective grant making and relationship development, Jackey also contributes to social and community-based programming to enhance employee and volunteer engagement at First West.

Sue-Lynda Bate

As a Foundation and community investment specialist, Sue-Lynda is inspired working alongside charities to help build capacity and resilience in our communities. Managing the marketing and social media activities for the Foundation, she delivers effective and thoughtful communications as the chief storyteller. Sue-Lynda holds a BA in Communications and Publishing from Simon Fraser University. An avid traveler, she currently lives in the Fraser Valley with her husband and two daughters.

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The Foundation was created on the vision of helping create vibrant and healthy communities. By working in partnership with local organizations, the Foundation seeks to actively contribute to meaningful projects that make a positive and lasting impact upon community life. Read more about us >>