We try to keep our costs low at Central City Foundation headquarters so that we can pour more of our resources into helping our neighbours in need. As we grow as a foundation, so do our needs and we want to introduce you to our new staff member and reintroduce you to some longtime staff members with new roles.


First, Deanna Wing has now been promoted to Program Coordinator of Central City Foundation. Deanna has been dedicated to Central City Foundation’s mission for nine years. She has been an amazing support to Jennifer Johnstone and the main organizer of our annual Fair in the Square.

In her new role, Deanna will be focusing on deepening our ties to our community partners by listening to their needs, maintaining Central City Foundation’s reputation as a responsive funder, investor and builder. She will be CCF’s eyes and ears on the ground, keeping in touch with our community partners and measuring our impact. She is also deepening our connection with the community as a member of the Hastings Crossing BIA Connections Committee and the Community Economic Development Strategic Action Committee (CEDSAC).


“I have so much to learn from our community partners and I’m excited to take up the personal challenge of building on our strong relationships within the community,” said Deanna.


Cristina Lima has also taken on new duties as CCF’s Philanthropy Officer. Cristina has been a consultant for Central City Foundation for three years, but
now joins us on staff.

Cristina will focus on finding new opportunities to connect with the community so our donors can engage more with Central City Foundation.

“I’m very excited about the impact and the real difference we are making in the community,” said Cristina. “I look forward to deepening my capacity at Central City Foundation and focusing on developing our relationship with our very important donors.”


New to our team is Leona Greene, Executive Assistant, Leona will help keep our house in order and work with our President and CEO, Jennifer Johnstone, to support her strong leadership in the community. Leona worked in the corporate sector for many years before deciding to make the switch to non-profits.


“Working here gives me the opportunity to work with social services in the community,” said Leona. “I really appreciate the variety of work Central City Foundation does and how it connects services in the community together.”



We look forward to working together to connect with our all our neighbours, including you, our supporters. Together we build hope.