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:

Ian Rea (Chair)
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)
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
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.
Scott Osmachenko
Moose Jaw
Scott grew up in Sonningdale and currently lives in Moose Jaw working as the Recreation Services Manager with they City of Moose Jaw. His previous experience include Health Promotion and Community Recreation with the Canadian Armed Forces at 15 Wing Moose Jaw. 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
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.