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Susan Byrom
Executive Director

As executive director, Susan provides strategic leadership to the First West Foundation. She brings over ten years of experience serving the not-for-profit sector as leader of First West Credit Union’s community investment employee and outreach programs across British Columbia. Susan is an active leader in the local community and serves as president of the Langley School District Foundation.  Susan is a member of Imagine Canada’s Caring Company Advisory Council and the Boston College Centre for Corporate Citizenship’s Leadership Roundtable. Susan is a graduate of Simon Fraser University, and holds a Master of Business Administration with a specialization in Non-profit Organization Management from Trinity Western University. 

Sue-Lynda Bate

Inspired by the vision of working with charities to help build capacity and resilience in our communities, Sue-Lynda coordinates the office administration, marketing and social media activities for the Foundation. With warmth and a smile, she makes sure that no detail is left undone and stories are shared with compassion and respect. Sue-Lynda holds a BA in Communications and Publishing from Simon Fraser University. Ready to travel at a moment's notice, she is an avid traveler currently living in the Fraser Valley with her husband and two daughters.

Christina Pocock

As community investment coordinator, Christina has an innate passion for making a difference. Alongside her commitment to the programming of the First West Foundation—she’s dedicated to supporting the community investment efforts of First West Credit Union— with a strong focus on employee engagement.

Through programs such as Simple Generosity and endowment grants, she dedicates her time to increase awareness and to build beneficial partnerships that enable local communities to thrive.

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The Foundation was created on the vision of helping create vibrant and healthy communities. By working in partnership with local organizations, the Foundation seeks to actively contribute to meaningful projects that make a positive and lasting impact upon community life.