County grants officer ready to support area’s community groups

Katie Ellwood started as Big Lakes County’s grants officer Dec. 16.

Richard Froese
South Peace News

Big Lakes County welcomes Katie Ellwood as the new grants officer.

She started Dec. 16 in her role to research grants and support community organizations.

“I enjoy working with community groups and I am excited to be a part of the Big Lakes team,” Ellwood says.

She is familiar with the community, coming from Heart River Housing, where she served as site manager for several years.

“I have found success in administrative and financial positions, and I have six years experience working directly with the public for a not-for-profit group,” Ellwood says.

The grants officer has a primary role to research, investigate, process and maintain correspondence with private, provincial and federal grant funding for county projects and applications.

She values the county vision.

“As a resident in the area for the last decade, I have an appreciation for Big Lakes County’s commitment to ‘Building a Sustainable County’,” Ellwood says.

She serves as a key contact with local community groups, non-profits and other organizations to promote the county’s external grants program, which funds facilities, programs and events.

The grants officer also builds board development and leads a grant writing workshop twice a year.

As grants officer, Ellwood works under Heather Nanninga, director of corporate services.

“Katie has been familiarizing herself with both the community groups portion of her portfolio and all the active community grants,” Nanninga says.

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