The Greater Saint John Community Foundation is part of a worldwide movement of community foundations whose objective is to help build stronger and more vibrant communities. In Canada we are a part of Community Foundations of Canada, a network organization to more than 191 community foundations from coast to coast.
We make charitable giving easy, flexible and effective. We work with you and your advisors to maximize the value of charitable gifts. Our goal is to help you meet important needs in the community, fulfill your charitable goals, and maximize your tax advantages.
Gifts can support any charitable cause you can imagine. We believe in the power of individuals and organizations working together to effect positive change in our community.
Donations to our funds are never spent. They are pooled and invested and form permanent community assets. Earnings from these assets are granted back into the community each year to registered charities right here in Greater Saint John.
To serve as a trustee of gifts, support charitable organizations and inspire community leadership.
To ensure a sustainable future and improve the quality of life in Greater Saint John.
Kelly Evans, President & CEO
Kelly Evans joined The Community Foundation in September of 2013. A native of Halifax, she and her family moved to Greater Saint John in 2007. As an established community developer, project manager and advocate for priority populations, Kelly has held senior positions within the public sector, including the Nova Scotia and the New Brunswick health care systems. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Acadia University, a Bachelor of Health Education degree from Dalhousie University and a Master in Adult Education degree from Mount Saint Vincent University. Kelly is Past-President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, New Brunswick Chapter. She and her family live in Quispamsis.
Meaghan Poirier, Office Manager
Meaghan Poirier joined The Community Foundation in December of 2019. Born in New Brunswick, she and her family moved to the Saint John area in 2017. She is an alumnus of NBCC Miramichi and Oulton College Moncton, she took the Human Services and Paralegal/Legal Assistant programs. Meaghan has served in many different roles some including, Paralegal, Assistant Registrar and as Accounting Clerk. She and her husband currently live in Rothesay, New Brunswick.
Trisha Erb, Director of Marketing and Events
Trisha Erb joined The Community Foundation in December of 2017. She previously worked with the Saint John Sea Dogs for six years as the Office Manager/Community Engagement Coordinator while also serving as the Coordinator for the Sea Dogs Foundation. With a move to Calgary, AB in 2011, Trisha served as Executive Assistant to the President and CEO of Hockey Canada, and later in Edmonton, AB as Executive Assistant to the CEO and Vice-Chair of the Oilers Entertainment Group/Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club. Trisha lives in Hampton, NB.
Harry Daley, Director of Community Investment & Learning
Harry Daley is a Youth Advisor with Pathways to Education. He joined The Community Foundation part-time in March of 202o as the Impact Advisor. He was formerly a board member of The Community Foundation. Born and raised in Saint John, Harry graduated from UNB Fredericton’s Renaissance College with a degree in Interdisciplinary Leadership. He has dedicated his professional life to community development and has assisted in the start-up of a number of non-profits both locally and internationally. He served Chair of the Youth Vital Signs Committee, is a member of the granting committee, and has served as a member of the Board since 2016.
Claire Ashton, Director of Network Engagement & Social Innovation
Claire Ashton joined the Community Foundation in the Spring of 2021. She has worked in community building for over 15 years, recently transitioning from a diverse portfolio of education and employment initiatives with the Saint John Learning Exchange. Claire has volunteered extensively with First Steps and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Saint John and has a passion for equity-focused community engagement and the arts. She has a B.A. from Bishop’s University and a M.A. in Sociology from Concordia University, and is consistently engaged in continuous learning. She and her family live in the North End of Saint John.
Cindy Floyd, Program Manager, Fund Development
Cindy Floyd joined the Community Foundation in April of 2021. She has many years of fundraising experience in the charitable sector, most recently with the Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation and the YMCA of Greater Saint John. She is motivated by the generosity of the people in our community and the impact of philanthropy in building a greater Saint John.