Brenda Kelm loves numbers.
Mainly, she loves how working with numbers can be used to bring the story of a business to life. Her passion for this, and her entrepreneurial spirit, have inspired her to devote decades to using these skills to help others.
With 30 years of experience in public practice, 25 at Presley & Partners and 11 as a partner, Brenda Kelm has been an accountant, tax and business advisor, auditor, committee and board member for numerous business and non-profits in the Comox Valley since she arrived from Calgary in 1994.
And two foundations, in particular, have made a lasting impression on her.
Protecting what’s important
Brenda first became involved with the Comox Valley Healthcare Foundation, formerly St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation, in 2008 as part of their finance committee; she later joined the board as the finance chair.
She was also the Foundation’s president for the last two terms through the transition of the Foundation’s role with the addition of the new hospital. She remains on the board as past president.
“My main interest is ensuring that donations are spent and applied in ways that directly support healthcare,” she explains. “There is a growing urgent need for senior housing and care. With our aging population and a rising need for residential housing for seniors, it’s particularly dear to my heart to be involved in that.”
Enrich, enliven and engage
Another initiative close to Brenda’s heart is volunteering on the board for the Comox Valley Community Foundation, which invests the donations received in perpetuity. The investment income is paid out in grants and scholarships to the community since the Foundation was formed in 1996. Local organizations that have benefitted from those grants include CV Habitat for Humanity, the CV Transitions Society, the CV Therapeutic Riding Society, the CV Wheelchair Sports Society and many more.
Brenda first discovered the foundation working as its accountant through Presley & Partners. She soon developed a great fondness for its mission and volunteered, becoming treasurer and now acting as past treasurer on the board.
“I’ve worked with many non-profits over the years, as an accountant and advisor,” says Brenda. “They have unique challenges, one especially being a need for volunteers with specialized skills. They need people, and as professionals, we’re all specialists of some kind – be that in addressing social needs, sales and marketing, financial advisory or business experience. For local non-profits, your help can change everything.”
Brenda Kelm is a Business Consultant, Chartered Professional Accountant, CA and CGA with Presley & Partners, CPAs and Business Advisors, in Courtenay, BC. She can be reached at 250.338.1394 or firstname.lastname@example.org