After more than 13 years at the helm, the executive director of the Sarnia Community Foundation has announced plans to retire in early 2022.
Board Chair Silvana Cservik said Jane Anema has worked to successfully connect donors with community needs and has overseen steady and significant growth at the foundation since 2008.
"From 30 funds valued at $1.5 million in 2008 to more than 125 funds valued at $12 million, the income created resulted in approximately $800,000 being granted in 2020," said Cservik. "The Foundation has been able to take many steps towards its vision of a vibrant, inclusive, livable Lambton County as a result of her effort in connecting people with the good they can do (through the foundation)."
She said Anema stressed the importance of all donations, big and small.
“Jane has always been quick to share that the smallest of donations -- which notably was 57 cents -- are as important as the largest. All contributed to the goal of establishing a lasting legacy of giving in our community. She has been a resource for many local not-for-profits, uniquely able to match people with passion for an idea to a community need."
Cservik thanked Anema for her years of service to the community and wished her, and her husband, a long and happy retirement.
The board has formed a selection committee and will soon begin seeking a successor.
Anema called her time at the foundation an "extraordinary journey."
“I’m proud of the building we have been able to do for a number of community projects, including the Dow Centre for Youth and Parents for Parks; the establishment & development of our 19 Agency Funds, the creation of the Petrolia and Brooke Alvinston Community Funds; as well as the many scholarships SCF now manages," said Anema.
Since 1983, the foundation has supported over 175 organizations and programs through grants totaling almost $6 million.