In celebration of our 30th Anniversary, we (virtually) sat down with a few of our past chairs to take stock of their time with the Foundation, and the impact the Foundation has on the real estate industry and Alberta.
Hear from Brent Alexander, Chair of the Board from 2017 to 2018, and current Vide Chair with Affirm United/S’affirmer Ensemble and Lead Coordinator at the Glen Rhodes Food Bank:
How many years were you involved with the Foundation?
I was involved for six years, from 2012 to 2018.
Why did you get involved?
A friend shared the posting for a community member. Having been involved in many not-for-profit organizations, I was intrigued to be part of a Foundation. I have always had a great interest in urban and real estate issues, including having completed a certificate program in Urban Design. The intersection of the Foundation with many of my interests almost forced me to apply.
Do you have any favorite projects funded in your time as Chair?
From your perspective, what is the Foundation’s greatest accomplishment over the years?
The Foundation has always maintained a high level of grants on an annual basis, hitting far above its weight relative to other foundations of far greater size. The Foundation has the willingness to be first in, to help applicants attract further funding from other funders.
What impact has the Foundation had on Alberta and the industry?
I think the Foundation has been an honest broker between all players within the industry, providing resources and expertise to assist in the continuing professionalization of brokers and agents, while being keenly aware of the consumer and their needs.
Thank you, Brent!