jack webster foundation


Executive Director

December 1, 2017
New Executive Director announced for the Jack Webster Foundation

After 25 years at the helm of the Jack Webster Foundation, the Foundation bids farewell and wishes a happy retirement for Nora Newlands who has worked tirelessly in upholding and awarding excellence in BC journalism. Stepping into the Executive Director role, the Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Janet Mitchell. Janet comes to the Foundation with a solid marketing, communication and event planning background in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sector. Her community involvement spans across athletic to education endeavours, and many others in between, including sitting on committees for Kwantlan Polytecnic University, the YWCA and the Thunderbirds Track and Field Club.

Trustees of The Jack Webster Foundation

Since its inception, the Foundation has sought and achieved broad support from the media and community at large. It has done so through the volunteer efforts of individuals drawn from a cross-section of the community who work to uphold the independence and integrity of the Foundation and its activities. Special thanks to the Foundation's Trustees for their dedication to the mission of the Jack Webster Foundation, to recognize and encourage excellent in journalism.

We welcome the following new trustees in 2017:
Bridgitte Anderson, General Manager, Edelman Vancouver
David Brodie, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Citizen Relations
Shelley Fralic, 2016 Bruce Hutchison Lifetime Achievement Award recipient
Thoren Hudyma, Vice President and General Manager, Global Public Affairs
Joy Jennissen, Chief Client Officer, H + K Strategies
Shachi Kurl, Executive Director, Angus Reid Institute

Foundation board retirements in 2017 include:
Mike Bernard, formerly involved with the BC Newspaper Association, served the Foundation for 18 years. Deb Sweeney has been associated with the Foundation since 1991 and a trustee since 1993 and has served a Co-chair and Dinner Committee chair; Neil Soper whose radio career intersected with Jack's and who has been a board member since 2003 and has also served as a Co-chair; and Don Babick who has also served the Foundation as a co-chair and who first joined the Board in 1993 to 1995 and then again from 2007 upon his return to Vancouver.

  • Anne McMullin
    Anne McMullin
  • Ernest Yee
    Ernest Yee
  • Bridgitte Anderson
    Bridgitte Anderson
  • Kevin Bent
    Kevin Bent
  • David Brodie
    David Brodie
  • Dan Burnett, QC
    Dan Burnett, QC
  • Steve Crombie
    Steve Crombie
  • Shelley Fralic
    Shelley Fralic
  • David Hoff
    David Hoff
  • Thoren Hudyma
    Thoren Hudyma
  • Joy Jennissen
    Joy Jennissen
  • Matthew Ko
    Matthew Ko
  • Shachi Kurl
    Shachi Kurl
  • Scott Macrae
    Scott Macrae
  • Brett Manlove
    Brett Manlove
  • Jack Webster, QC
    Jack Webster, QC
  • Steve Wyatt
    Steve Wyatt

The Board of Trustees comprises a group of community-minded individuals with backgrounds in business, law, finance, the media, community service and others. The Jury Panel is composed of journalists and lay members. The adjudication process is completely independent of the Trustees.

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