CIF Board Members

The Community Initiatives Fund (CIF) is governed by eight appointed board members, all with extensive volunteer experience. CIF board members make all granting decisions.

Community Initiatives Fund Board Members:


NameAbout
Ian Rea (Chair)
Regina
Ian's career spanned 34 years as a finance, management and governance professional serving credit unions, cooperatives and government in Saskatchewan. In 2011, Ian retired from his role as CEO of Conexus Credit Union, Canada’s sixth largest credit union. Early retirement provided Ian with the opportunity to pursue interests in community service and teaching and led him to the Community Initiatives Fund.
Esther Haas (Vice-Chair)
Langenburg 
Esther, a retired farmer and grandmother of 8, has volunteered with many organizations over the years. She feels very privileged to be a member of the CIF Board as she understands the value of grants offered through CIF. Esther finds it extremely rewarding to be part of a group that makes informed decisions about providing grants to programs across Saskatchewan that helps make communities more vibrant.
Gaston de la Sablonnière
Regina
Gaston's experience as a volunteer goes back many years, as a Board Member of the Regina & District Chamber of Commerce, the Prairie Implement Manufacturer Association (now known as Agricultural Manufacturers of Canada), le Conseil de la Cooperation de la Saskatchewan and many other Boards and Committees. Gaston enjoys being involved with the community and meeting new people.
  Steve Jeffers  
Prince Albert 
Steve has spent the last 32 years in small business management and the prior 7 years in the banking industry. Steve has a long history of volunteerism. He is currently Board chair of Prince Albert Community Futures, and President of the Prince Albert Pistol and Rifle Club. Steve values connecting with others, spending family time at the lake and various outdoor sporting endeavours.
Vince Natomagan
Pinehouse
Vince is a Metis from Pinehouse, Saskatchewan. He is the Executive Director of Kineepik Metis Local # 9, and is also the morning host on CFNK Radio doing Cree news and entertainment. Vince's passion is empowering Indigenous people with the right tools for success through collaboration with industry and governments. Vince's interests include skidooing, canoeing, and physical exercise.
  Scott Osmachenko 
Moose Jaw
Scott grew up in Sonningdale and currently lives in Moose Jaw working for the Canadian Armed Forces at 15 Wing in Health Promotion. He previously spent 17 years in Community Recreation. Scott takes pride in volunteering for the Canadian Red Cross, South West District for Culture, Recreation & Sport, his children's School Community Council and coaching. He values community development, facilitating, spending time with his family and active living.

Cheryl Cook
Saskatoon
Cheryl retired from the Saskatoon Public School Division in 2012 after working as an Educational Assistant for 28 years. Cheryl is now involved with a curling program, encouraging and teaching grade 6 to 8 students the wonderful sport of curling. Cheryl and her husband have raised 3 beautiful children who live and work in Saskatoon and are also proud grandparents of 5 grandchildren. Cheryl is very excited to be a member of the CIF Board, connecting and being a part of the many initiatives happening in our province.

Sope Ogunrinde
Regina
Sope comes from the non-profit sector and has been involved in community development since her time in university. She has worked with local and international organizations on a number of community initiatives including youth employment/entrepreneurship, women's education, fair trade, and different health programs (maternal health, HIV/AIDS programming, and water and sanitation). She has held several positions and has volunteered with Canada World Youth, Rotary (Ecuador), Operation Walk, and Samaritan's Purse International. Sope looks forward to serving her community as a member of the CIF board and making an impact on various important initiatives in Saskatchewan.