Centenary Medal – Faye Wightman

Faye has spent her career working in the not for profit sector beginning as a cardiac nurse at Vancouver General Hospital, leading Health and Community Services at the Canadian Red Cross (BC Yukon) , moving into fundraising as Campaign Director for the United Way of the Lower Mainland, spending 13 years leading BC Children’s Hospital Foundation; being Vice President of External Relations at the University of Victoria; leading Vancouver Foundation for nine years before retiring. After retirement she has focused on board governance work, as well as stepping in as interim CEO at Canadian Cancer Society, BC Yukon in 2017/18, and InspireHealth –a cancer support organization. She is one of Canada’s strongest philanthropic leaders who brings a strong conviction that philanthropy should play a powerful role in shaping society.

Faye has a long history of both working and volunteering in the not for profit sector. She is the past chair of the Community Foundations of Canada, Imagine Canada, InspireHealth and has been a board member with Coast Capital Savings, BC Housing, the Portland Hotel Society, Emily Carr University, the StreetoHome Foundation and many others.

With a proven record in fundraising, change management, board governance and community engagement Faye has been recognized with a number of awards including Marketer of the Year; Influential Women in Business; one of the top 50 Influential leaders in Vancouver for 3 straight years; the Queens Jubilee Medal and the Community Services Medal from the City of Vancouver.

Ms. Wightman was certified by the Institute of Corporate Directors in 2010. She lives in Vancouver and enjoys tennis, golf, and spending time with her daughter and grandchildren in Australia.