It is thanks to the dedication and support of our people that YW Calgary can do the work we do to support our community. In this new monthly series, we invite you to meet our changemakers – from the dedicated volunteers sitting on our Board of Directors to the core group of executives who drive the work we do every day.

Last month, we profiled Sharon Carry as she transitioned into the role of Board Chair and thanked Lara Murphy for her years of service. This month, we want to spotlight the incredible community-driven accomplishments of our Chief Financial Officer, Bruce Byford.

Earlier in August, Bruce was honoured by the Banff Canmore Community Foundation as he closed out his volunteer term of six years as their Treasurer and Chair of the Finance, Audit and Investment Committee. A team member from the Foundation shared that “…[the] wisdom and exceptional level of care [Bruce] brought to the role of treasurer has had a transformational impact on this organization.”

Bruce joined the YW team in 2021 and quickly adapted to the role, despite being in the middle of the pandemic. He is known for his strategic financial leadership in overseeing all things money and function within the organization, as well as special projects including the Sheriff King Home Redevelopment Project. Outside of YW, community involvement has been a key component in Bruce’s life for many years, having held board positions at Discovery House Family Violence Prevention Society in Calgary, Rotary Club of Calgary Heritage Park as Vice President, the Calgary Chapter of Financial Executives International, and York Support Services Network (YSSN) in Ontario.

“I am so proud of Bruce for the impactful work he does both here at YW and in giving back to the community he loves. There is such value in having someone like Bruce on our team and the community we support benefits from his dedication, kindness, and passion” said Sue Tomney, CEO of YW Calgary.

YW Calgary wants to congratulate Bruce for the thoughtful recognition from the Banff Canmore Community Foundation and for his continued impact in his community. There is incredible value in the expertise and commitment Bruce brings to YW and we are grateful for his tireless dedication.