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Yellowknife Community Foundation announces the appointment of Sophie Kirby as Executive Director

The Yellowknife Community Foundation (YKCF) is pleased to announce the appointment of Sophie Kirby as Executive Director for the Foundation effective August 3rd, 2021. Rosella Stoesz, current Executive Director will continue in a supportive role with the Foundation.

Quote by Robin Greig, Chair of the Yellowknife Community Foundation – “We are incredibly fortunate to have recruited Sophie into the Executive Director role. She comes with great background experience in community development, youth resiliency and leadership promotion through her professional and other experiences.”

Quote by the Laurie Gault, Vice Chair of the Yellowknife Community Foundation and Chair of the ED Recruitment Committee – “Sophie’s academic achievements, experience as a board member of YKCF and her roles with other community minded organizations are outstanding. The more we discussed the goals of YKCF with Sophie, the more we were convinced that we had found a great fit to support our charitable goals in Yellowknife and across the NWT”.

Sophie is a graduate of the University of Guelph and is currently working on a Master’s Program on Governance and Entrepreneurship in Northern and Indigenous Areas at the University of Saskatchewan and the Arctic University of Norway. Sophie’s professional experience includes roles with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and the Hamlet of Fort Liard, NWT.

YKCF and its Board of Directors would like to thank and formally acknowledge the contribution Rosella Stoesz has made to the development and growth of the Foundation since she joined in 2010. 

Quote by Robin Greig – “Rosella’s commitment and dedication to building and supporting YKCF’s charitable programs has made a significant difference to the support we are able to provide to residents and organizations. The Board is pleased that Rosella is staying on with us to support the knowledge transfer process and to help Sophie transition in the Executive Director’s role. 

The Yellowknife Community Foundation was formed in 1993 to provide interested individuals and organizations with a means of supporting projects in our community for the enduring future. The Foundation is not singularly dedicated to any specific area of support. It embodies a simple concept – that people working together can make a difference.

For more information contact: 

Yellowknife Community Foundation
Sophie Kirby and Rosella Stoesz / Phone: (867) 446 4527
Email: information@ykcf.ca

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