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Susan Byrom
Executive Director

As executive director, Susan provides strategic leadership to the First West Foundation. She brings over ten years of experience serving the not-for-profit sector as leader of First West Credit Union’s community investment employee and outreach programs across British Columbia. Susan is an active leader in the local community, who holds the position of president of the Langley School District Foundation and president of the Surrey Food Bank Society. Susan also volunteers with BC Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Credit Union Committee. Susan is a graduate of Simon Fraser University, and holds a Master of Business Administration with a specialization in Non-profit Organization Management from Trinity Western University. 

Sue-Lynda Bate

Inspired by the vision of working with charities to help build capacity and resilience in our communities, Sue-Lynda coordinates the office administration, marketing and social media activities for the Foundation. With warmth and a smile, she makes sure that no detail is left undone and stories are shared with compassion and respect. Sue-Lynda holds a BA in Communications and Publishing from Simon Fraser University. Ready to travel at a moment's notice, she is an avid traveler currently living 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.