Association Past President, Bea Bohm-Meyer and Gala Chairperson, Catherine Vu at the 3rd Annual Inspiring Dreams Gala in support of the Mindful Hearts Project.

As the fundraising arm of the Winnifred Stewart Association (WSA), the Winnifred Stewart Foundation oversees all fundraising activities in support of Winnifred Stewart Association's programs and services. Since 1972, the Foundation has held annual and ongoing campaigns to raise funds for equipment, program expansion, and budget shortfalls. Successful initiatives include the Empties to WINN and Green Goods programs, and annual direct mail campaigns, various special events throughout the year, and joint collaborations with local community groups.

The Winnifred Stewart Foundation also welcomes donations from the community at large. Funds from donors are allocated to areas that need them most, unless specifically indicated by the donor. This includes annual operating costs, special equipment purchases, and funding of new residential projects. Gifts made in memory of an individual can be directed by the family of the deceased to areas of most need or to a specific project. Charitable tax receipts are issued for all charitable donations.

Though the Winnifred Stewart Association receives funding from the Persons with Developmental Disabilities Board - Edmonton Region, a significant portion of its annual budget for programs and services must be derived from other sources. Thanks to the Winnifred Stewart Foundation's fundraising efforts in the community, WSA has been able to expand its residential services, add new programs and services, empower more individuals and inspire more dreams.

Winnifred Stewart Foundation Board of Directors


Robert Willmott, President

  • WSF Board member since 2015

  • Consultant with Investors Group Financial Services

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Dan Wiart, Treasurer

  • Board member since 2016

  • Partner with Kingston Ross Pasnak LLP


Elizabeth Norris-Kartz, Secretary

  • WSF Board member since 2016

  • Retired Principal from Edmonton Public Schools

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Mike Ackroyd, Director at Large

  • WSF Board member since 2016

  • Senior Vice President of Information Technology at SCM Insurance Services


Desmond Chow, Director at Large

  • WSF Board member since 2016

  • Senior Financial Advisor with ATB Securities Inc.


Cory Imppola,
Director at Large

  • WSF Board Member since 2019

  • Instructor, McEwan University


Doug Lane, Director at Large

  • WSF Board member since 2007

  • Previous President of WSA Board

  • Tourism, Economic Development & Property Management background

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Sarah Peters, Director at Large

  • WSF Board member since 2018

  • Remedy’s Rx, Director of Client Engagement, Western Canada


Harold Witte, Director at Large

  • WSF Board member since 2009

  • Previous Director for WSA Board

  • Retired Pastor