The Jerry Forbes Centre Acquires a New Home for Edmonton Non-Profits

February 25, 2016

EDMONTON, Alberta (February 25, 2016) – The Jerry Forbes Centre for Community Spirit is pleased to announce the purchase of an existing office and warehouse location in North East Edmonton at 12122 – 68 Street. The Centre has a lease agreement with the current tenant and once the lease is complete, substantial renovations will be completed to create a new home for several Edmonton non-profits.

As the future home for over 20 vital non-profit organizations in need, the Jerry Forbes Centre will facilitate collaborative business practices enabling non-profits to share resources and talents for enhanced program delivery and promote community spirit and volunteerism. Tenants will be selected based on criteria that is available at The multi-tenant Centre will provide healthy, affordable and vibrant work spaces where charitable organizations can share resources and talents to enhance program delivery to Edmonton.

“The Family is deeply honored to have Dad’s name aligned with such an important centre. Who knew that an idea started in the basement of a radio station in the mid-1950s would grow to be such a huge part of the social fabric of Edmonton – one that will touch thousands in so many important areas,” said Marty Forbes, son of the late Jerry Forbes. Marty, a Member of the Jerry Forbes Centre Foundation, is excited that the Centre will soon house several critical agencies in Edmonton and build on the legacy of his father.


Jerry Forbes Centre Foundation was founded by CHED Santas Anonymous (60 years of service to Edmonton) and Christmas Bureau of Edmonton (75 years) who recognized a need for stable, affordable, charity facilities. With legacies of caring for community, these agencies wanted to do something innovative by sharing their space and expertise year-round. Themed on volunteerism, the Jerry Forbes Centre for Community Spirit will be a community hub offering charities the chance to develop skills and knowledge collectively, share space and services, infrastructure and operating costs. The Jerry Forbes Centre Foundation (JFCF) charity was incorporated in January 11, 2012 under the Societies Act of Alberta and registered with CRA January 3, 2013.

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Brian Farrell | Board Chair
Jerry Forbes Centre Foundation

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