Boyd Foster: A Way to Give Backon May 22nd, 2014 at 3:58 pm
Growing up in Alabama, Boyd Foster lived in four other states before he moved to Spokane, Washington in 2001. Since his arrival to Spokane, Boyd has worked as a professor at Gonzaga University. He teaches a variety of classes, including Kinesiology, Anatomy, Physiology, Assessment, Nutrition, and Wellness.
Community involvement for Boyd has included working with Washington State University’s Extension Service in providing activity and nutrition classes for after-school programs, the Experience Food Project, Gonzaga University’s Employee Wellness Program, Youth College, and Trinity Day in Motion.
In addition to being a professor and an enthusiastic community volunteer, Boyd is a Pride Foundation supporter, volunteer, and Leadership Action Team member.
In 2013, Boyd volunteered on Pride Foundation’s Scholarship Selection Committee. His experience working with our student scholars spurred Boyd to join Pride Foundation’s Eastern Washington Leadership Action Team (LAT), and he has been a dedicated and critical member of the team since that time.
Boyd learned about Pride Foundation from attending and participating in Pride events throughout the various states he has lived in. He often noticed Pride Foundation’s booth at these events and would always gather information and make contributions. In Spokane, he frequently saw staff and/or other Pride Foundation representatives at community events he attended.
When Boyd was looking for a way to give back to the LGBTQ community, he chose Pride Foundation because of his strong belief in the mission, what the organization does for the community, and how we accomplish our goals.
“I want to be able to contribute my time and effort to something I believe in,” explains Boyd. “If I can share with the people I know or those I meet in the community the efforts and impact Pride Foundation is making on the LGBTQ community through their fundraising, grantmaking, programs, and advocacy, hopefully it will lead to much bigger things.”
Some of Boyd’s passions, besides volunteering with Pride Foundation, include working on his wellness consulting (Just One Thing and Dr. Be Well), enjoying his large backyard with its many ongoing projects, and learning almost anything new by attending presentations, lectures, etc. As a big fan of food, beer, and wine, Boyd is always on the lookout for new adventures that include these fine things.
Interested in learning more about Boyd and getting connected with the other great members of our Eastern Washington Leadership Action Team? You’re in luck! Boyd is hosting a house party on Saturday, May 31st. Email me for more information.
If you’re interested in volunteering with Pride Foundation, but can’t attend the house party, reach out to let me know how you’d like to be involved.
Gunner Scott is Pride Foundation’s Director of Programs. Email Gunner.