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The CPA Education Foundation Donor Spotlight - Dawn Goulet-Soetaert CPA, CA, CMA

November 9, 2017

Dawn is a long-time supporter of the CPA Education Foundation. She most recently gave a generous donation to our No Limits initiative; a cause we found out is near and dear to her heart. In 1995, when she and her husband realized they were unable to have children of their own, they became the guardians of two Aboriginal children, aged 7 and 9. Because of this, she knows all too well the struggles that our Indigenous population faces today. Although her children are now in their 30’s and have children of their own, she is still supporting them financially and emotionally. She is currently raising her daughter’s eldest child and helping her daughter out of an abusive relationship and into a better lifestyle. It is because of these struggles she sees first-hand that the No Limits initiative spoke to her. Dawn says, “As accountants we recognize that financial stability of any kind enables other healing to happen…we need to enable our Indigenous population to heal itself. We will be a much better society for it.”

Dawn was drawn to accounting at a young age. Her interest was piqued in a bookkeeping class in high school and from then on, she was hooked. She currently works at Hawkings Tinney LLP, lives on a farm with her husband, and enjoys the outdoors and birdwatching.

The Foundation thanks Dawn and all of our donors deeply for their contributions and commitment to accounting education in Alberta. None of our work would be possible without your support.

The CPA Education Foundation Board of Governors Appoints New Chair

October 5, 2017

Doug Wylie steps up to tackle the ambitious agenda of the CPA Education Foundation

Left to Right: Doug Wylie FCPA,FCMA, Rachel Miller FCPA, FCA, and Joanne Belliveau CPA, CA, CGA

On September 13, 2017 the CPA Education Foundation held their Annual General Meeting which included the passing of the gavel from Joanne Belliveau to Doug Wylie. Joanne spoke to Doug’s abilities as a leader, accountant, and strategic thinker. She expressed how difficult it was step away from the position of Chair that allowed her to have such a deep, positive, and widespread impact on accounting education in the province.

Doug graciously accepted the virtual-type gavel, expressing how honoured he was to be stepping into role of Chair for the Foundation. He, of course, thanked Joanne for her years of service on the board and spoke to the members about advancing the goals of the CPA Education Foundation.

Doug’s appointment as Chair was one among other board changes this year. Dave Bodnarchuk was selected as Vice Chair and Micheal Burnyeat was appointed as Secretary/Treasurer. Both John Pinsent and Joanne Belliveau had their board terms expire and the CPA Education Foundation thanks them for their years of service and leadership.

Read Doug Wylie’s Message from the Chair

No Limits Phase Two Launch

September 7, 2017

The CPA Education Foundation continues to create opportunities for Indigenous Albertans to become tomorrow’s business leaders.

The Foundation will be rolling out the second phase of its No Limits fundraising initiative, starting in September. The initial fundraising target of $150,000 over two years is within sight as the Foundation heads into this second phase. The funds raised thus far amount to just over half of the goal. The Foundation wants to thank all previous donors for their generosity and share a glimpse of what has been accomplished with the dollars raised to-date:

  • Six new scholarships have been established for Indigenous Albertans
  • Partnerships have been developed with key Indigenous groups including the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of Alberta (AFOA Alberta)
  • Connections have been formed between Indigenous communities and the CPA profession

To learn more about the No Limits initiative and how your generosity can impact someone’s future, click here.

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