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Through its grants programme, the Saanich Peninsula Community Foundation supports activities in the areas of health and social services, arts and culture, education, conservation and in recreation, benefitting the residents of the Saanich Peninsula.

01What is the Saanich Peninsula Community Foundation?

The Foundation encourages gifts to its permanent community fund held at the Victoria Foundation. Gifts, both small and large, are pooled and invested. Returns on the invested funds are then distributed by annual grants to worthy Saanich Peninsula charitable organizations. The capital of the permanent community fund grows with each new gift, generating increased returns to be granted to a wide range of local community initiatives for years to come.

02Who is the Saanich Peninsula Community Foundation?

The Foundation is run by a volunteer Board of Directors, all community-minded Saanich Peninsula residents. The Foundation has no paid staff.

03Our Mission

To enrich the quality of life for Saanich Peninsula Residents by encouraging donations to the Foundation, investing the donations in a permanent endowment fund held by the Victoria Foundation, identifying worthy local charitable initiatives, and making annual disbursements of interest to these charities.

Current Board of Directors

Viola Van de Ruyt, President and Chair
Viola Van de Ruyt, President and Chair

Viola has been President since 2013. Her volunteer involvement with SPCF goes back to the early 2000s. In her professional life, she is an Investment Advisor. Over the years her other community involvement on the peninsula has ranged from leading a networking group, coaching sports and a whisky dinner club.

Dominique Alford (Secretary)
Dominique Alford (Secretary)

Dominique has been a Board member and Secretary of the SPCF since mid-2011. Dominique is a lawyer in Sidney, with over 20 years’ experience since her original call to the bar in Manitoba in 1997. Dominique is also involved, in different roles, with numerous Saanich Peninsula volunteer organizations. Dominique lives in Brentwood Bay with her husband, Mark, and their family of rescued pets.

Darrel Couzens
Darrel Couzens

Darrel Couzens is the CEO of Brunel Technical Solutions Ltd, a full service IT company based in Sidney. Having grown up in England, Darrel immigrated to the Peninsula in 2000, and enjoys volunteering to make the Saanich Peninsula a great place to live for generations to come.

David Spence
David Spence
From Winnipeg, through Alberta, to Brentwood Bay, David’s community engagement of philanthropy (the love of humanity) has included engagement in the arts; human rights; youth programmes; Commonwealth endeavours; as well as pursuits of ecology, the economy, and ecumenology. Being “lost in wonder, love, and praise” is the motto that David follows.
Doug Guedes
Doug Guedes

Doug Guedes is a senior partner at SeaFirst Insurance Brokers. He is a past President of the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, Sidney Business Association, and the Insurance Brokers Association of British Columbia. He has served on the Board of the Saanich Peninsula Community Foundation since 2000. He has been known to enjoy a game of golf.

Robert (Bob) Hope
Robert (Bob) Hope

Robert (Bob) Hope has lived on the Saanich Peninsula since 1971. He currently splits his volunteer time by serving as member of the Board of Directors for: The Saanich Peninsula Community Foundation, The Peninsula Soccer Association, The Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame, Telus Community Ambassadors and volunteering as a BC Soccer Small Side referee Instructor.

Elaine Hughesman
Elaine Hughesman

Elaine Hughesman is a partner with Hughesman Morris, CPA’s, a full-service accounting firm in beautiful Sidney by the sea. Having grown up on the peninsula, she is passionate about making it the best place to live for this, and future generations. As such, she immensely enjoys her role as the treasurer for the Saanich Peninsula Community Foundation.

Debbie Sherwood
Debbie Sherwood

Debbie is a local business manager and has been on SPCF’s grant evaluation team for more than 10 years. What she values most about SPCF is working with a good-hearted board and committed board, and the opportunity to help support the efforts of wonderful organizations throughout the Saanich Peninsula.

Your contribution will be earmarked by the Foundation and invested in a permanent endowment fund administered by The Victoria Foundation.