East Kootenay Foundation for Health appoints new executive director

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Cassandra Schwarz is East Kootenay Foundation for Health's new executive director.

Cassandra Schwarz is East Kootenay Foundation for Health's new executive director.

The East Kootenay Foundation for Health (EKFH) has announced the appointment of Cassandra Schwarz as its new executive director.

Schwarz brings several years’ experience in fundraising, non-profit leadership and community service to the role, occupied for nearly 11 years by the recently retired Donna Grainger. Schwarz most recently served as the admissions and development co-ordinator for the Aberdeen Hall Preparatory School as lead for donor stewardship and engagement and the co-ordination of the organization’s annual and capital campaigns.

“We are very excited that Cassandra will serve as EKFH’s next executive director,” said EKFH chair Wes Rogers. “Her experience and knowledge of the non-profit sector will lead EKFH into its next phase of fundraising for the hospitals and health care facilities located in Interior Health’s East Kootenay service area.”

Schwarz also brings breadth of experience in strategic planning, collaborative fundraising, research and grant writing. One of her signature achievements was her time spent with the Kamloops and District Elizabeth Fry Society, where she raised funds to create the first women’s second stage housing complex in the area.

“I am honoured to be given the opportunity be the new executive director of EKFH,” she said. “I look forward to working with the board of directors and the East Kootenay community to continue the great work of the foundation.”

An active outdoors person, Schwarz enjoys hiking, mountain biking and wakeboarding. She holds a masters degree in science from University of Glasgow and a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Calgary.