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:

Dwight Lemon (Chair)

Community: Swift Current
A retired small business owner, Dwight is presently active with the Simmie Community Recreation Board. As a member of Kinsmen Clubs of Prince Albert and Swift Current, Dwight held executive positions at both local and provincial levels. Dwight enjoys fishing and visits from his grandchildren at his lake home.
Ian Rea (Vice-Chair)

Community: 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

Community: 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 

Community: 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.
Lynn Chipley

Community: Estevan
Lynn has resided in Estevan for over 30 years and has been involved in several arts, recreation and service organizations as a Board member and active volunteer. During her 6 year tenure as a City Councillor, Lynn made park improvement and beautification a priority.  Lynn is a mother of 4 grown children and has owned and managed a real estate business for over 15 years.
Terri Davis

Community: Choiceland
Terri has over 15 years of experience assisting and working with Boards and community advocacy groups. She started her career in Calgary as a Correctional Officer and has been working in the area of career and employment for the last 12 years. Terri has been a member of the CIF Board since 2010.
Steve Jeffers

Community: 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.