Welcome to BEECH Foundation

Beech Foundation began operations in 2001 with a mandate of supporting local arts programs for children in the Vancouver, BC area. Grant recipients over the years have included:

  • Artists for Kids Summer Camp
  • Arts Club Theatre Company student programs
  • Ballet BC Student Dress Rehearsal Program
  • Bard on the Beach student programs
  • Girls Rock Camp Vancouver
  • Kids Up Front Vancouver
  • Project Limelight
  • St James Music Academy
  • Vancouver Opera in the Schools Program

Board of Directors

Paula Palyga Director

Paula Palyga is a retired corporate/securities lawyer. She has served on several non-profit boards, including those of the Polygon Gallery and Gordon and Marion Smith Foundation for Young Artists.

Email: ppalyga@beechfoundation.ca


Cheryl Stevens Director

Cheryl Stevens is Executive Director, Principal Giving at the University of British Columbia. Her experience includes other senior development roles with UBC, the Vancouver Art Gallery and the YWCA of Vancouver and a prior career in human resources management. Passionately committed to visual and performing arts, she is currently vice chair of the Ballet BC board, has served as board chair for The Polygon Gallery and on the board of Music in the Morning.

Alison Molloy Director

Alison Molloy recently retired from the federal government after over 35 years of public service in social justice programs. She is an avid supporter of arts education programs and international children’s aid.

As a small foundation, Beech only reviews and considers grant application once a year. Please submit your application by May 1 for grants to be awarded in the current year.