Your Community Staff Welcomes You

We are here to serve you. We help donors connect their giving spirit with community need.

Our staff have a wealth of experience, expertise, and are knowledgeable in what makes the Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta a Community Foundation based on a reputation for connecting donors with charities in need. The Foundation anticipates future community challenges and works with our partners to find solutions to today’s needs.

Tracey Vavrek

Chief Executive Officer

With over 15 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector Tracey Vavrek believes that objectivity, collaboration and strategic thinking are keys to successful business.

As CEO of the Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta Tracey has grown the organization from $150,000 to over $7.2 million in assets. She has helped create a strong standard of governance that led to the Foundation’s accreditation under imagine Canada Standards, all while maintaining a strong focus on vision, mission, and purpose.

Tracey believes that philanthropy plays a significant role in the moral, culture, and purpose of a community. Her strong leadership skills coupled with her continued leadership training in programs such as Jack Canfield’s Train the Trainer and the Institute for Corporate Directors Governance Essentials Program for Directors of Not-For-Profits make her a known community consultant and community builder, providing support and guidance to any community organization in need.

In 2012 Tracey received the ATB Financial Mistress of the Modern Award in recognition of her passion and commitment to community.

Tracey currently sits on the Volunteer Alberta Board of Directors. She is an active Rotarian of the Grande Prairie After Five Club, former president of the Grande Prairie Sunrise Club, current Assistant Governor for District 5370 Area 12, founding member of the Northern Alberta Chapter of Kids with Cancer Society, founding member of the Young Persons and Families with Concern Society, founding member of the Grande Prairie Against Bullying Community, Past President of the Estate and Financial Planning Institute and proud member of the Canadian Association of Gift planners and the Association of Fundraising professionals, Tracey not only promotes community involvement, volunteerism, and service above self, but truly lives it.

Tracey’s diverse background, ability to encourage all values and perspectives, and ability to collaborate and educate makes her a powerful force for our community.

Email Tracey or call (780) 538-2820.

Tracy Zuk

Executive Assistant

If you have questions about the Community Foundation or simply do not know how where to begin, Tracy is a great resource to contact.

Tracy enjoys connecting people and administers many of the foundation’s operations. She leads activities and supports Random Act of Kindness Day, Student Awards, and Community Impact Awards and she is ready to help you in any way.

Tracy joined the team in February 2017. As the Executive Assistant, Tracy brings to the role her passion for community, desire to make a difference for others and promoting kindness. Tracy has strong local roots as she was born, raised in Spirit River and has stayed in our region her entire life. Mostly living in Grande Prairie but also in Fort McMurray and Peace River. She currently is a Board Member of the Troyanda Society of Ukrainian Culture and Heritage as well as a past Board Member of the Chamber of Commerce in Grande Prairie and Peace River. While is Peace River she was also a Director of PeaceFest. She is a proud mom of a very happy and kind boy and passionate about continuing to teach her heritage and culture to her son. She loves to be outdoors preferably camping near a lake.

If you have any questions, email Tracy or call (780) 538.2820.

Allison Richels

Development Coordinator 

As a recent graduate with her BBA Degree in Marketing, Allison brings a passion for creativity and innovation to the team at the Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta. In her role as Development Coordinator, Allison is dedicated to furthering the strategic vision of the Foundation through the development of lasting relationships within the community.

Like many residents, Allison was not born and raised in the region but moved to Grande Prairie with her family where she graduated from high school. After moving to Edmonton to attend post-secondary, Allison chose to start her career and develop roots in the community of Grande Prairie because of the opportunity to join this service oriented organization.

Allison has had a lifelong passion for involvement, especially in arts and culture. Some of her personal favorite places in the community include the Montrose Cultural Centre, the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum, and The Centre for Creative Arts. With experience working and volunteering in public, private, and not-for-profit sectors, Allison's diverse background, passion for community involvement, and love of supporting people is a great compliment to the Community Foundation. 

Email Allison or call (780) 538-2820.