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Children’s Foundation welcomes new executive director

'A dynamic and visionary leader,' Emma Rogers will assume the role December 10
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Emma Rogers. Photo supplied

A proven social entrepreneur and experienced local leader in charity management has been selected to lead the Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington.

This week, the charity’s Board of Directors announced it has appointed Emma Rogers as executive director. She will assume the reins on Tuesday, Dec. 10. The position has been vacant since the spring and the board initiated an extensive search and interview process before making its selection.

“Emma Rogers is a dynamic and visionary leader. Her ability to work strategically with community champions and stakeholders will allow the Children’s Foundation to continue to shine and advocate for children and families in the communities we serve,” said Ray Stultz, chair of the Board of Directors.

Ms. Rogers was most recently director of marketing (Ontario) with IG Wealth Management, following four years with United Way Guelph Wellington Dufferin, where she was director of Community Relations and Engagement. She has also been widely recognized as co-founder of Guelph Gives, a community charitable initiative to encourage civic philanthropy and business engagement that was launched in 2014 and continues to run each December on Giving Tuesday. For this volunteer leadership, she received the Guelph Mayor’s Award, Paul Harris Award, and was recognized as one of the community’s Forty Under Forty.

“I firmly believe the non-profit sector creates positive foundational change throughout our community, and in my opinion, one of the best places to continue to foster that change is with our children and youth. The Children’s Foundation is a key player when it comes to our community’s future success as we ensure all children have the opportunity to thrive and feel empowered to reach their full potential - a vision and mission that is very close to my heart,” says Ms. Rogers.

“I am beyond excited to lead the Children’s Foundation into its next chapter and further the meaningful difference it makes in our community.”

The Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington was established in 1991 to support a growing need for programming and support for children in the community. Its work includes the holiday Adopt-a-Family program, Free to Grow grants to support life skills training, sports and arts programming, annual scholarships for post-secondary education, and the Food and Friends student nutrition program in local schools. In 2018, $2.3 million was fundraised locally and distributed by the agency to support local children.