To provide healthy, affordable and vibrant work spaces for Edmonton non-profit organizations, as we dream, grow and work together.
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 non-profit organizations sharing resources and talents for enhanced service and program delivery. The Centre provides affordable and dynamic office and warehouse space for 25 non-profit organizations in need of a long-term location solution.
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Story 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.
Barbara Engelbart McKenzie