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Staff

Pictured from left to right: Joanne Carey, Cheryl Miller, Bruce Davies, Molly Ciardullo, Mia Burgess, and Rory Nugent.

Executive Director

Bruce Davies, Executive Director

For over 25 years, Bruce has worked with donors across Canada to ensure their charitable aspirations are realized. In his role as Executive Director, Bruce is committed to continuing and expanding upon COF’s strong record of endowment building, donor stewardship, grant making and community leadership.

Contact: bruce@centralokanaganfoundation.org

Finance Administrator

Rory Nugent, Finance Administrator

A Certified General Accountant dedicated to providing ongoing liaison and support to our valued donors, including advice on gifting options. As Finance Administrator, Rory steadfastly ensures the financial health of the Foundation and strives for excellence in managing COF's administrative effectiveness.

Contact: rory@centralokanaganfoundation.org

Director of Grants & Community Initiatives

Cheryl Miller, Director of Grants & Community Initiatives

Cheryl has over 15 years experience in the Not for Profit sector with the majority of experience in community development and program management. She also manages the Community Entity and Vital Signs programs. Cheryl is focused on strengthening our community by supporting initiatives that increase the capacity of organizations and individuals to respond to challenges and opportunities, develop local leadership, promote self-reliance, emphasize prevention and mobilize civic participation and resources.

Contact: cheryl@centralokanaganfoundation.org

Grants Coordinator

Joanne Carey, Grants Coordinator

Joanne is committed to community engagement and responsible social research. She is excited to assist with the COF's granting program.

Contact: joanne@centralokanaganfoundation.org

Community Entity Coordinaotor

Mia Burgess, Community Entity Coordinaotor

Mia’s passion for social justice and poverty related community matters began in 2006 while she was completing her undergraduate degree at UBC-O. Since that time, Mia has been employed in the not-for profit sector and the provincial government in the areas of addiction recovery, youth corrections, adult corrections and poverty law. As a result of her education and front line work experience, Mia has a comprehensive understanding of the subject of poverty and homelessness in the Okanagan and is interested in the intersection of the criminal justice system and homelessness.

As Kelowna moves toward a Housing First approach to addressing homelessness, Mia is thrilled to work with local not-for-profit agencies to assist them in a collaborative approach to strengthening our community by providing housing and services for individuals who are chronically and episodically homeless.

Contact: mia@centralokanaganfoundation.org

Office and Communications Coordinator

Molly Ciardullo, Office and Communications Coordinator

Molly is a recent graduate from the Okanagan College School of Business, with her major in Human Resources and minor in Communications. In the past 3 years, Molly has volunteered at an executive level in the not-for-profit sector, creating and refining projects to address local social, environmental, and economic issues. Molly is committed to making positive contributions to her local community through her position at COF.

Contact: molly@centralokanaganfoundation.org

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