Meet our valued members
The Foundation relies on the personal commitment and active involvement of a group of 12 individuals who serve as members of the Foundation Board. Board members are expected to be zealous advocates on our behalf, enthusiastic communicators of our mission and vision, and actively demonstrate their support of the work undertaken by SCF.
We also welcome volunteers to be part of our board committees or to assist with events .
Board of Directors
Gautam Soparkar is a local physician and author, specializing in lung disorders and sleep apnea. He is an adjunct professor at Western University, London, Ontario and a long-time resident of Sarnia. He has been involved with the community through the Soparkar Family Fund and the Awesome Foundation. He now looks forward to further community involvement as a board member of the Sarnia Community Foundation.
Become a Foundation Volunteer
Current Volunteer Opportunities
Community Engagement Committee
We’re always looking to build awareness about SCF and its work through community conversations and events. Our community conversations are intended to broaden SCF’s knowledge of the community and assist in our grants process. Other events help raise funds to support our agency funds, our operations or other causes in the communities we serve. If you have a great idea for an event that can benefit the work of the community foundation, we’d like to hear from you. Flexible hours up to the day of the event.
Finance & Audit Committee
Committee members are needed to provide advice to the Foundation regarding the Foundation’s financial policies, financial function and compliance with accepted standards. The committee also plays a role in our investment oversight strategy and advises the board regarding the performance of our discretionary fund manager. Quarterly meetings are scheduled
Community Impact Committee
This group of volunteers reviews Grants and Scholarship applications made to the Foundation. Meetings are held in May, June, September and October on an as needed basis. Much of the work involves reading and assessing applications before making recommendations to the Foundation Board. We rely on 5 to 8 volunteers to assist in the review to ensure our grants meet a community need.
The members of this committee oversee the compliance of the Foundation with the regulations that govern us, provide substance to the policies and procedures of the Foundation and help direct the ongoing work of strategic planning. Quarterly meetings with advance preparation and occasional small group work to complete tasks. d in