About Us

Community Helpers Under One Roof.

Providing a healthy, affordable, and vibrant work space 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 a 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.

Meet The Team

Our Staff & Board Members

The people that make it happen.

Diana Davis

Executive Director

Jamie Badry

Executive Assistant

Holly Pshyk

Marketing & Fund Development

Board of Directors

Guiding and Overseeing the Mission, Governance, and Impact of the Organization

Brian Farrell

Board Chair

Sandeep Gill


Pooja Gandhi

Board Treasurer

Michael Kwan


Mike Teshima


Terry O’Flynn


Christy Ciezki


Reese Rolheiser


Kevin Spriggs


Society Members

Marty Forbes

Society Member

Barbara McKenzie

Society Member

Miles Kohan

Society Member

Daryl Hooke

Society Member

Jesse Schewchuk

Society Member

Cory Chan

Society Member

Kari Weisgerber

Society Member

Clarence Shields

Society Member

Peter Plaizier

Society Member


Your Donation Can Change Someone’s Life

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.