The CPA Education Foundation Donor Spotlight - Grant Hinchey FCPA, FCGA
January 3, 2018
Grant and his wife, Marilyn, have been Foundation supporters for decades! Most recently, Grant made a donation to the No Limits initiative, a program with a cause that Grant lived and breathed for over 30 years. In 1973, after working in Kelowna for 17 years in public practice, Grant and Marilyn packed up their five children and moved to Yellowknife to open their own accounting firm. When they got off the plane in Yellowknife it was a cool minus 48 degrees, but a world of opportunity lay before them. Grant would say that 50% of his job in public practice was client education. He wanted to give people the tools to understand their own finances, their job responsibilities and the benefits of maintaining good financial records. Grant’s firm would give host sessions onto the various organizations they audited in Indigenous communities to accomplish this; for private sector clients, they would provide more in-depth sessions on topics such as tax, insurance and wills.
Grant held many prestigious positions throughout his career, including President of CGA Alberta in 1978, North West Territories (NWT) representative to CGA Canada, Chair and CEO of the NWT Worker's Compensation Board, member of the tax advisory board to the Ministry of National Revenue and of the Board of Management for the CRA. He also enjoyed being involved with a number of not-for-profit organizations.
Grant always knew he wanted to be an accountant and he ended his career doing consulting work. Even though Grant is now retired, his love for accounting and business lives on in his children and grandchildren. One of his sons is a CPA, CGA and is the managing partner of their Yellowknife branch; one daughter completed four years of the CGA program and then stopped to have a family and today continues to work in the accounting/auditing field, and his granddaughter is currently taking finance at SAIT with plans to complete her CPA and work in public practice.
When asked why he thought it was important to support No Limits, he said, “I had a lot of financial assistance from my uncle, who some might remember as Cactus Jack Wells. He was a newscaster for the Winnipeg Bombers. When I tried to pay him back, he tore up my promissory note and told me the best way to pay him back was to pay it forward. So that’s what I’m doing.”
The CPA Education Foundation is deeply thankful to Grant, his wife, and all of our other generous donors for passionately supporting education in Alberta and making our programs possible.
The CPA Education Foundation Donor Spotlight - Dwaine Grynke CPA, CA
December 19, 2017
Dwaine has been a supporter of the No Limits program, giving generously in 2016 and again this year. He is currently a partner at MNP and has enjoyed the public practice aspect of his career over the last 20 years. He became a CPA due to his general interest in business and felt knowing the books was a good way to understand how a business works.
Dwaine’s donations have helped substantially and when asked why he donates, his simple answer is, “It just hit home for me. There is not just one reason that I can pinpoint, but many that contributed to my donations. The Indigenous community is a key group that we work with at MNP, so I see different sides of the cultural tensions - first hand and in the media. I feel this is a really good step in the right direction to assist with education and to see more diversity in our boardrooms.” Dwaine is also a huge believer in role models, which ties perfectly to the efforts of the No Limits program. He believes some people need to see others doing what they have been dreaming of doing, to truly motivate them to take that leap. No Limits will help create those role models in Indigenous communities to help motivate those individuals that need to be lifted up, supported and encouraged.
Dwaine lives in Sherwood Park with his wife and two young children, aged 5 and 8. When he’s not enjoying sports, he's shuttling his two young ones around between dance and skating lessons.
The Foundation extends a warm thank you to Dwaine and all of our donors for their contributions to improving education in Alberta for all.
No Limits Update
December 12, 2017
The Fundraising Efforts Continue for the CPA Education Foundation – Not There Yet!
Since September 2017, the CPA Education Foundation has reignited efforts to raise funds for the No Limits initiative. The goal and agenda for No Limits is an ambitious one, with the hopes of raising $150,000 by March 2018 to create career paths for Indigenous Albertans to pave the way for future CPAs and strengthen the profession.
We are now nearing the end of our fundraising initiative and are currently at 72% of our $150,000 goal. This means, that within the coming months, we must raise over $40,000 for the cause. We want to thank all of our previous donors for helping us get this far, and urge potential donors to take up this cause so we may continue along this path to success for Indigenous Albertans and accounting education in Alberta. Future CPAs are counting on you. Donate today.
November 9, 2017: Donor Spotlight - Dawn Goulet-Soetaert CPA, CA, CMA
October 5, 2017: The CPA Education Foundation Board of Governors Appoints New Chair
September 7, 2017: No Limits Phase Two Launch
June 6, 2017: Bentleys Named 2017 Impact Award Recipients