Len Traboulay was the Chair of MFA from 1997 to 2000. Chair Traboulay was an avid supporter of education, being an educator himself and served as the President of the Burnaby Teachers Association. As a teacher, he made an incredible impact on his many students. His teaching offered them more than simply lessons in French; they often left his class with lessons in life as well. Since the inception of the Len Traboulay Education Fund (LTEF) in 2001, the MFA has contributed over $440,000 by funding 39 different programs through educational or government institutions; Capilano University, University of Victoria, Thompson Rivers University, Vancouver Island University, Royal Roads University, University of Northern BC, Northwest Community College, Government Finance Officers Association of BC and the Local Government Leadership Academy.
Half of the MFA’s annual educational budget is used to train and educate local government and First Nations elected officials and senior administrators throughout BC by improving the competencies needed to effectively manage and lead BC’s communities. This is accomplished through an annual contribution to The Local Government Leadership Academy.
The remaining funding is for the advancement of local government finance officers in pursuing excellence in financial planning, management and fiscal sustainability. Programs funded must have a direct sightline to the MFA’s mandate of contributing to healthy BC local government through prudent investing and debt management on behalf of municipalities.
If you have a program or seminar idea you feel would benefit local government finance please submit your proposal by email to administration. Your proposal should outline the course curriculum, potential attendees, how the course or seminar will contribute to the improvement of financial management and fiscal sustainability, the contribution you are requesting and the delivery method.
There are no set submission deadlines, but applications will be reviewed by the MFA Executive in the order received.