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 is working village of charitable organizations sharing resources and talents for enhanced program delivery. The Centre provides affordable and dynamic office and warehouse space to over 23 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

  • Growth & Opportunity for Edmonton Non-profits

    • The Centre reaches a milestone of 23 non-profit organizations leasing administration and warehouse space
    • The Jerry Forbes Centre shuts down public access to the Centre March 15th, 2020, in response to the COVID 19 pandemic. Non-profit partners have access to the facilities and continue to be able to impact the communities they serve
    • Following Alberta Health Services health and safety protocols, the Centre reopens to full capacity on September 1, 2020

    • Countdown to move in day...

      • Continue to work with applicants to move through the lease approval process
      • Begin renovations at the Centre March 1, 2018 and complete September 30, 2018
      • Approved organizations to begin moving in on October 1, 2018
      • Grand opening celebrations on June 24, 2019 with dignitaries attending from all 3 levels of government
      • The Centre initiates the Executive Directors group, the Tenant Advisory Council, and the Social Committee to begin opportunities for collaboration
      • 2019 National Volunteer Week celebrated as a Centre wide initiative with a volunteer recognition event

      • 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

Diana Davis

Executive Director
DianaD@JerryForbesCentre.ca
(780) 491-0532

Jamie Badry

Executive Assistant
JamieB@JerryForbesCentre.ca
(780) 491-0532

Holly Pshyk

Engagement, Partnerships, & Marketing
HollyP@JerryForbesCentre.ca
(780) 491-0532

Board

Brian Farrell
Chair

Cory Chan
Director and Secretary

Terry O’Flynn
Director and Treasurer

Kevin Spriggs
Director

Willie Lee
Director

Peter Ratcliff
Director

Jennifer Martin
Director

Marty Forbes
Society Member

Daryl Hooke
Society Member

David Kovacs
Society Member

Barbara Engelbart McKenzie
Society Member

Gord Whitehead
Society Member

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.

2018 Audited Financial Statements

2017 Audited Financial Statements

2017 Annual Report

2016 Audited Financial Statements

2014 Annual Report

2013 Annual Report