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Changes to RADF Board of Directors

Edmonton, AB – As the seasons change, so does the face of the Rural Alberta Development Fund. Following Jann Beeston’s voluntary resignation from the Board of Directors, longtime Board Member, Marie Logan, has been elected as Board Chair.

“Serving on the Board since RADF’s inception, Jann’s passion and commitment to rural capacity building and education has played a significant role in funding projects that are having a profound impact on rural Alberta,” said Brad Ferguson, Managing Director, Rural Alberta Development Fund. “RADF commends Ms. Beeston for her dedication throughout the last five years and wishes her continued success in her future endeavours.”

Stepping into the role as Chair of the Board, comes Marie Logan, who has served on the Board since 2006 and has a firm grasp on all things rural, ensuring the remainder of the Fund is effectively distributed across rural Alberta. Over the years, Marie has dedicated her time to youth and education initiatives, collecting numerous awards along the way. She is the founding director of the Chinook Arch Regional Library System, Trustee of the Horizon School Division and past President of the Canadian 4-H Council Board. Marie lives in Lomond where she and her husband run a pedigreed seed and cattle operation.

“With $10 million remaining in the Fund, the next six months are crucial to make the right decisions for rural Alberta,” says Logan. “I look forward to fulfilling my role as Chair, while we continue to support the innovative thinkers and leaders who are capitalizing on the endless opportunities our province offers.”

RADF also says goodbye to three additional board members. Alden Armstrong and Claudia Buck’s terms have expired, and Marc Butikofer is off to a new job in Saskatchewan. All three have played an integral role in board governance and the decisions made to date, and will surely flourish in their new adventures.

Rural Alberta Development Fund is a not-for-profit company that inspires innovation, collaboration and growth across rural Alberta. In 2007, it was capitalized with $100 million by the Government of Alberta as part of its Rural Development Strategy. So far, $87.7 million has been committed to 77 projects. Applications are now being accepted for the remaining funds, which must be committed by March 31, 2012. The deadline for Expressions of Interest is November 23, 2011.

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For more information, contact:

Brad Ferguson
Managing Director
Rural Alberta Development Fund
780.436.9585 office
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