Mission

To provide healthy, affordable and vibrant work spaces for Edmonton non-profit organizations, as we dream, grow and work together.

Vision

To create a legacy of volunteerism in Edmonton, fostering collaboration between non-profit organizations by developing a sustainable, multi-tenant centre promoting synergy, innovation and community spirit.

The Jerry Forbes Centre for Community Spirit will be a working village of charitable organizations sharing resources and talents for enhanced program delivery. It will provide affordable and dynamic office and warehouse space to over 15 non-profit organizations in need.



History of Jerry Forbes

In 1955, Jerry Forbes, the long-time general manager of 630 CHED, asked a simple question:

Wouldn’t it be great if there would be no needy kids…and every kid had a present…not a used present…with wheels stuck on and repainted…but a brand new present?

One year later, Jerry personally helped deliver toys to 600 less fortunate children across the city and 630 CHED Santas Anonymous – a pure, heart-warming and uniquely Edmonton organization – was born.

While Jerry’s mission was simple – ensure that every child experience the magic of Christmas – his vision was far more profound; it was a vision of individuals coming together in the spirit of community. Over years later, Jerry’s legacy thrives every time a 630 CHED Santas Anonymous volunteer delivers a new, wrapped gift to the doorstep of a family in need.

For his contributions to Santas Anonymous and for his influence in our City and community, it is most fitting that Jerry Forbes be permanently honoured and recognized through the Jerry Forbes Centre Foundation which spearheads the Centre for Community Spirit project in his memory.

For a little more on Jerry, you can find some of his writing and broadcasts here.

Timeline

  • Almost there...

    • Complete purchase of existing 93,000 sq. ft. office & warehouse building
    • Media announcement & move in of first Tenant, 630 CHED Santas Anonymous – May 2016
    • Complete design for renovations - September 2016
    • Raise remaining funds for start-up operations & renovations
    • Receive over 50 expressions of interest and 29 detailed applications from charities
    • Work with applicants to gather needs, move trough the approval process & begin lease-up
    • Complete the Jerry Forbes Centre Operations Plan and move in second tenant
    • Edmonton Folk Music Festival warehouse moved into the Centre

  • A change of direction

    • Opted to purchase an existing facility to keep costs down
    • Secured $5 million funding from City of Edmonton and returned the land previously secured
    • Gathered detailed space requirements for 25 Tenant Applicants
    • Additional Government of Alberta pledge of $2 Million achieved through Community Grants for total of $5 million
    • Drafted the Jerry Forbes Centre Operations Plan

  • Gaining momentum

    • Received CRA Charitable Status January, 2012
    • Schematic design to excite donors completed 2010, detailed Design Fall 2012
    • Support secured from the City of Edmonton was 4.7 acres of land valued at $3.25 Million plus pledged $2 Million
    • Secured $3 million from the Province of Alberta
    • Raised $2.5 million privately
    • Incorporated Jerry Forbes Centre Foundation – Societies Act – Jan 2011

  • Getting started

    • Feasibility study and project statement completed
    • Developed business case & assembled a volunteer team
    • Met with all orders of government and community supporters

Team

Max Scharfenberger

Executive Director
maxs@jerryforbescentre.ca
780-491-0532

Diana Davis

Director, Finance & Administration
accounting@JerryForbesCentre.ca

Board

Brian Farrell

Chair

Brian is a trusted Chartered Accountant with strategic vision who brings a hands-on approach to building corporate values into the Jerry Forbes Centre. A natural leader, his focus is to ensure the Centre’s fiscal sustainability with a strong business processes. On sunny days, Brian can be found on the golf course where he likes to share about the difference the Jerry Forbes Centre will make to charities in Edmonton.

Brian Farrell
Chair

Wendy Batty

Past Chair

Wendy, a native Edmontonian, is a recent retiree after 20 years as Executive Director of Christmas Bureau of Edmonton. Some of her expertise can be found in creating organizational efficiencies, building effectiveness, promoting knowledge sharing and shared human resources – all leading to organizational capacity building. She gives generously of her time to the charitable sector and is passionate about benefits associated with non-profit centres. The Jerry Forbes team is pleased that Wendy hasn’t retired entirely and is looking forward to learning more from her. If you have an interest in sewing, Wendy is your lady! She recently created her own Mother-of-the-Groom dress from scratch – including the pattern!

Wendy Batty
Secretary

Ivan Sawchuk

Treasurer

Ivan Sawchuk is an Edmontonian – born and raised! And although he holds an MBA in finance from the U of A, prior to taking up those studies, he had a career with the Canadian Armed Forces, including six years as a Sea King helicopter pilot – quite an exciting role for a prairie boy! During Ivan’s 30-year career in commercial banking, he dedicated significant time to several charities, including 18 years as a Christmas Bureau of Edmonton board member, 11 years with 630 CHED Santas Anonymous, 18 years with the Council of Ukrainian Orthodox Churches of Edmonton, including six as President; and 20 years with Club Trident (his church’s men’s fundraising organization). Retiring in 2013, Ivan continues to serve his community in a volunteer capacity and has been a Board Member of the Jerry Forbes Centre Foundation since its inception.

Ivan Sawchuk
Treasurer

Terry O’Flynn

Director

Mr. O’Flynn is President and Co-owner of Prism Flow Products Inc., a wholesale valve manufacturers’ representative since 1995, and has been involved in the oil and gas industry for over 35 years. His experience in the industry has provided him the opportunity to do business in many different countries and cultures. Terry has served on numerous boards and fundraising initiatives, including: Chairman of Alberta Alpine Ski Association, board member of Alpine Canada Alpine (Canadian National Ski Team), the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation, the Edmonton Eskimos, the Jerry Forbes Centre for Community Spirit, and multiple Edmonton inner-city and Town of Beaumont initiatives. He has also served on boards and advisory committees for several private businesses. An avid sportsman, Terry has coached various sports for 40 years. He is active in the community of Beaumont, where he has been a resident for 34 years, and serves on the Mayor’s Advisory Council while continuing to coach minor hockey.

Terry O’Flynn
Director

Tim Haak

Director

Tim Haak has worked in and with the charitable sector for over 40 years. He has provided consulting and contract services through his consulting company, Tim Haak Consulting Inc. since 2002. Tim’s focus has been on helping Edmonton non-profits achieve success and building the capacity of charitable organizations by providing expertise in organizational development, governance, planning, revenue generation, volunteer development, program delivery and association management through consulting, facilitating, training and other contracted services. Mr. Haak holds a BA in Recreation Administration from the University of Alberta.

Tim Haak
Director

Michele Kirchner

Director

Michele Kirchner currently works as an Executive Coach through her business, MJK Coaching. As a coach, Michele assists in developing leaders, helping them unlock their own strengths and potential. During her previous career in government, Michele held diverse portfolios in corporate planning and measurement, large project initiatives and program delivery roles. The last position Michele held in the Alberta Public Service was the Assistant Deputy Minister of Early Childhood and Community Supports for Alberta Human Services. The division contributed to improved outcomes for children, youth and families through the delivery of early childhood development, childcare, and not-for-profit community policy and programs. Michelle’s expertise in project management is helping the Jerry Forbes Centre evaluate its path and keep the team on track.

Michele Kirchner
Director

Daryl Hooke

Director

After graduating from Grant MacEwan Community College, Daryl began his career with CHED Radio as a copywriter. Over the next 40 years he would serve as Creative Director, Promotion Manager, Program Director, on-air host and Director of Client Services. In 1984, he also became chairman of 630 CHED Santas Anonymous, a role he served in until 2012. He continues to sit as a board member and Chair of the Communications Committee. Daryl also sat on the Board of Directors for the Christmas Bureau of Edmonton for 20 years, twice serving as Chairman. Daryl has been married to his wife Jill for 30 years and has two children, two grandchildren and a particularly demanding Miniature Schnauzer named Jude who has an inordinate amount of influence over Daryl’s daily activity.

Daryl Hooke
Society Member

Marty Forbes

Director

Marty has spent his entire life in media – with over 46 years as Program Director or VP/GM of top radio stations in Vancouver, Toronto, Edmonton and Calgary. He is currently semi-retired and operates a consulting company called RADIOWISE INC., specializing in media, social media and marketing. Marty also writes twice a month for the Edmonton Sun on PAGE 6 and does a great deal of work in public service, including Jerry Forbes Centre; the Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree; Make A Wish Northern Alberta and 630 CHED Santas Anonymous. He was proudly awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for Community service and a Winner in the Champions Category for FIERCE Edmonton. Although Marty keeps very busy, he spends a great deal of time relaxing in Arizona, on two wheels, or travelling the world. Marty is Dad to a couple of great daughters – Lauren and Rayanne – Grandfather to Liam and Husband to Kim. Find him on Twitter @MJFORBES or Instagram @mjforbes07 Life’s more fun on two wheels!

Marty Forbes
Society Member

Gord Whitehead

Society Member

A retired radio and television personality, Gord is a long standing supporter of 630 CHED Santas Anonymous and has been involved with the Jerry Forbes Centre since the project began in 2008. He is looking forward to fulfilling the dream of helping the community and giving Edmonton’s volunteers a new place to call home.

Gord Whitehead
Society Member

Brad Eves

Society Member

Brad Eves has been on the 630 CHED Santas Anonymous Board since 2011 and joined the Jerry Forbes Centre Foundation in 2016. He works with Visio Media; a digital elevator advertising company that was founded in Edmonton. He has worked in sales for more than 12 years. His background and years of experience have granted him a broad knowledge of various businesses and industries. Brad is the proud husband to Kelly and father to son Huxley and daughter Nora. When he manages to find free time, Brad enjoys Crossfit, mountain biking and hockey.

Brad Eves
Society Member


Reporting

The Jerry Forbes Centre is committed to open and sustainable business practices. Here, you will find information about our impact on Edmonton’s non-profits and our community in general.

2017 Audited Financial Statements

2017 Annual Report

2016 Audited Financial Statements

2014 Annual Report

2013 Annual Report