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Following retirement of Mary Walsh, organization hires Heather Wright Zimmer

COURTESY PHOTO - Heather Wright Zimmer, pictured posing with her family, has been hired as the executive director at Canby Educational Foundation.Canby Educational Foundation has named Heather Wright Zimmer as its new executive director.

Wright Zimmer succeeds Mary Walsh, who has retired after 12 years leading the organization, according to a news release.

"I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead this innovative organization," Wright Zimmer said. "I was raised within the Canby School District and have moved back to raise my own children here. I am impressed by the great work and professional reputation of Canby Educational Foundation and I look forward to continuing this legacy through my contribution."

Wright Zimmer brings experience in marketing and communications, as well as a deep passion for helping children and their families.

"Heather is a positive and energetic leader," CEF Chair Loren Bell said. "Her professional background, love for our community and understanding of the importance of education made her the ideal candidate for the position."

Founded in 1997, CEF is a local nonprofit with a mission to enhance and enrich education opportunities for all students of the Canby School District through financial assistance and community-wide volunteerism. Funding from the organization helps fill financial gaps between district budgets, classroom fundraising and other grants.

Since its inception, CEF has supported the school district with more than $1 million in educational grants generated through private donations, endowments and fundraising efforts.

For this year, CEF has extended the grant submission deadline until the end of the school year and encourages teachers to apply for funds. Grant guidelines and an application are available on the foundation's website at

Kristen Wohlers
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