Central City Foundation’s President and CEO, Jennifer Johnstone, is being honoured with a nomination for the YWCA’s Women of Distinction Awards. The nominees were announced today in honour of International Women’s Day, and the winners of the awards will be announced at a gala on June 8th.
Johnstone has spent her career as a leader in the non-profit sector, repeatedly demonstrating her gift of mobilizing people and resources and bringing partners together for exceptional results. Since taking on the top role at Central City Foundation nine years ago, she has more than doubled its base to become a $37 million organization creating impact in many sectors, including housing, health, wellness, childcare and addictions treatment.
She has been a leading force in building social purpose real estate, investing in properties and building space and place for community to achieve blended value returns and realize the mission of CCF. She helped found the Social Purpose Real Estate Collaborative (SPRE) in Vancouver and has played a role in the growing SPRE sector across Canada, including planning and speaking at conferences throughout North America.
A common thread throughout Johnstone’s career is her commitment to social justice and her vision of creating a just world through philanthropy. A lifelong feminist committed to anti-oppression work, diversity and inclusion, her work with Vancouver Status of Women and Battered Women’s Support Services in the 1990s created real impact and change for women.
In addition to her nomination in the Non-Profit category, Johnstone is also up for the Connecting the Community Award, where the public can vote to help her award funds towards her chosen cause of safe and affordable housing for women and children. Voting runs from April 20th to May 13th at ywcawomenofdistinction.org.
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About Central City Foundation:
Central City Foundation has been bringing neighbours together to build hope in the inner city since 1907. By building housing and other capital projects, investing in social enterprises that create jobs and opportunities as well as funding hundreds of non-profit organizations, Central City Foundation has provided help and hope to the most vulnerable people in our inner city community for 109 years.