Volunteer of the Year

Community Futures Okanagan Similkameen

Brenda Gould

Over the last year there has been considerable change and mountains we have had to climb in terms of staffing and board changeover.  Brenda maintained her composure during a challenging time and found us amazing staff to bring us into the future of our organization! As I am newer to the board, she has been a fantastic mentor and taken the time to coach and include me along the way.

Community Futures Greater Trail

Frank Marino

Frank is the Chair of our Board of Directors and Chair of CFGT’s Board Development Committee.   He also sits on our Loans and Audit Committees.  He working tirelessly serving our communities and businesses, consistently attending community functions to represent our organization.

Community Futures Mount Waddington

Fred Robertson

Fred became a CFMW member and joined our Board of Directors July 7, 2017.  Fred arrived in Port Hardy in 1989 where he and his wife raised there three boys. He is a retired school teacher and during his 25-year teaching career he also served as President of the Vancouver Island North Teachers Association.

Fred has been a councillor with the District of Port Hardy for 2 terms beginning in 2014.  Fred serves on several Council Committees including the Executive Committee, Finance Committee, First Nations Relations Committee among several others.

Fred’s community volunteer leadership experience is also extensive. He has served many years with Port Hardy Minor Hockey, the Vancouver Island North Woodlands Advisory Group and the BC Teachers Federation Executive to name a few.

We are proud to name Fred Robertson as Community Futures Mt. Waddington Volunteer of the Year.


Community Futures Cowichan

Janna Jorgensen

Janna Jorgensen joined the Community Futures Cowichan Board in 2016 and currently serves as Past Chair.  Her calling in life is to help awesome people linked to worthy causes do amazing things! As an organizational leadership & development consultant and facilitator, Janna has shared her professional toolbox of knowledge around succession planning and recruitment, which is a valuable resource for CFC staff and volunteers.  Janna is a fifth generation Vancouver Islander and lives in Shawnigan Lake with her husband, Paul. She holds a Master of Arts Degree in Leadership from Royal Roads University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from the University of Victoria. Janna’s community service includes serving on several not-for-profit boards, serving as a volunteer member of a commission, and helping local communities establish grassroots volunteer programs. In her spare time she enjoys outdoor activities, boating, reading and doing jigsaw puzzles.

Community Futures Central Island

Jeremy Jones

Jeremy Jones joined Community Futures as a Volunteer on our Loans Committee in 2015. He has been a valued member of the committee and to the staff as his rounded acumen in business and lending has been an asset to decision making and supporting the mandate of CF lending. 

Jeremy’s experience working for the BDC and now Canadian Western Bank provides our committee with commercial lending expertise, but even better he has become a valued partner in our referral network.  Jeremy has been a keen advocate of partnered lending and we greatly appreciate his support, outlook and in depth understanding of how together CF and financial institutions can work to assist a client.

Community Futures Boundary

Joe Sioga

Our nominee, Joe Sioga, joined the Community Futures Boundary Board in May 2013.  He owns and operates a storage and towing company in Christina Lake and is a strong advocate for small business across this region.  He’s always willing to take additional responsibilities on and played an integral role in recent discussions at the Board level, about a potential operational project that took a significant amount of his time and energy.  He did all this with a smile, and went over and above consistently.  He is an active member of our loan committee and sits at the Grand Forks & Boundary Enterprise Centre Development Corp.  We are proud of the work he does in his community and for Community Futures Boundary. 

Community Futures Cariboo-Chilcotin

John Hack

John has volunteered his time with Community futures for over 24 years.  He has been a member of our loans committee for most of this time.  Famous for asking his “Plan B question”. At the last AGM was nominated and accepted as Chairman of our Board. 

John is a successful owner of multiple businesses providing services in Williams Lake the Cariboo Chilcotin and surrounding areas.  This include telecommunications, computer and copier solutions and security for home and businesses.  John is a very involved and active member in the Williams Lake community, volunteering with many other organizations including Rotary.

Big thank you John for your commitment and humour throughout the years.

Community Futures Powell River

Lisa Daniels

Lisa is an active member of our community, who is passionate about small business and sustainable agriculture. Lisa is the co-owner of Windfall Farm, a small family run mixed farm located in Wildwood that produces the best certified organic garlic.

Lisa worked over 20 years for inclusion Powell River with Employment Services and the Better at Home program for seniors. In addition to volunteering with Community Futures, she is a Director for the Powell River Farmers’ Agricultural Institute and is a member of PR Women in Business.

Her commitment to growing a healthy community is evident as Lisa goes above and beyond to attend all local small business workshops, seminars, and networking events where she is a strong advocate for Community Futures.

For those reasons we nominate her as Volunteer of the Year in 2020.

Since her short time on the board as a director, Lisa Daniels has proven to be an enthusiastic and positive board member.  She enriches our board with her insightful knowledge to the agricultural community.

Community Futures North Fraser

Manny Deol

Manny Deol Born and raised in Mission, Manny has been a professional Real Estate Agent and Residential Builder since 2010. As a local resident and realtor, he is passionate about the entrepreneurial spirit, small businesses, and the growth and development of Mission which has translated into his time volunteering for many programs including being a Director of Community Futures. He has been on our Board of Directors since 2013 and is our past Chair. Manny also dedicates his time as a director at the Mission Chamber of Commerce and sits on their Government Relations Committee as well as being Government Relations Liaison for the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board. Manny is a father of 2 young children and has been married since 2015. When he has free time, he loves to spend it with family and his hobbies include a good book or going to the gym.

Community Futures South Fraser

Meghan Larson

Meghan Larson has been a valued board member since 2016.  She became the Chair of our CFSF board in June of 2018.  In 2019, Meghan bravely led our organization through difficult challenges and changes with determination, grace and vision. She has worked tirelessly and collaboratively to re-build our organization from the ground up.  She has dedicated endless hours to assist the board in understanding Community Futures’ mandate and our commitment to WED.  Her faithfulness to what we do for our community has been fierce and now she has become a champion for our team.   We wish to honor her for all her hard work as our community volunteer.

Community Futures North Okanagan

Michele Blais

Michele has been a key member of the CFNO Board of Directors for 6 years. Her background working in the community services/health sector has brought a valuable perspective and balance to the Board. Michele has been Chairperson of the HR Committee for 3 years and in this role, has been a tremendous support and sounding board for the leadership team. Michele has introduced performance management processes that has allowed for the growth and development of senior team members and engaged staff and the community in an inclusive way. Her work in developing policy guidelines and implementation tools will have a lasting impact on the organization well into the future. CFNO is very grateful for Michele’s volunteerism and lasting contribution to the Board.

Community Futures Stó:lō

Nancy Murphy

Nancy Murphy is a Seabird Island Band Community Member and has been a Stó:lō Community Futures (SCF) Board Member since February, 2013.  Nancy is a Professional Aboriginal Economic Developer and received the Aboriginal Financial Officer Association of Canada designation as a Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager.  She has also served as a Board Member of the First Nations Financial Management Board and is currently the Housing Administrator/Advisor for Soowahlie First Nation.  Nancy has focused on improving the quality of life for First Nations people by providing advisory services to First Nation administration on education, health, human resources, housing, policy, financial management, capacity development, community planning, project management, economic development, land management and governance. Nancy’s expertise and dedication to the Indigenous businesses and Stó:lō Communities SCF serves is never-ending, which extends to her shared knowledge and valued time as an SCF Board Member.

Community Futures Sun Country

Scott Medlock

We have had the privilege of having Scott in the CF Network for several years. Scott had termed out and after taking a one-year sabbatical he applied to be considered as a board member. Scott provides support and sage advise to his peers. Scott is respected in the region, very engaged in local projects and a leadership role in the local government. If there is an activity in the community, you know that Scott is sitting around the table providing the support necessary.

Community Futures Revelstoke

Shannon van Goor

Shannon van Goor was born and raised in Revelstoke, and has been an entrepreneur most of her time here. She did take a short time out from the community and attended university and earning a business degree with a focus on tourism and event planning. Being a mother of two young girls and working with her husband and their family business she is very busy. She has always found time to be been very engaged in the community. She has been with the CF organization for 7 years as a director and also sits on the Executive and Loans committees. She is our representative appointee to the City of Revelstoke’s Social Development Committee. Whenever CF Revelstoke is hosting events, Shannon is always amongst the first to sign up to help out. Just a couple of examples are helping out at our volunteer fair and stepping up to help out for our conference, even bringing her daughters to instill volunteerism at a young age. Outside of Community Futures, she has been very involved with the Revelstoke and District Humane Society because of her love for animals.

Community Futures Okanagan Similkameen

Tessa King

Tessa Joined the Community Futures Volunteer Board in January 2019.  In a short time, she has become invaluable to the organization.  She is our Treasurer, and currently sits on the loan committee.  She is part of our Governance Committee.  She has proven to be very dependable, attending nearly every meeting. Her advice regarding accounting systems and controls has made our CF stronger for years to come.  She is always eager to help (even during tax time!). She has our CF’s best interests in mind when decision making.

Tessa is a Senior Manager at Grant Thornton in Penticton and focuses on clients in private business as well as audits for non-profit organizations throughout the area. This experience has given her the financial literacy and understanding of financial management while growing a new business.  

Community Futures Alberni-Clayoquot

Todd Patola

We are pleased to recognize Todd Patola, Vice Chair for Community Futures Alberni-Clayoquot as our Volunteer of the Year for 2020. Todd became a member of Community Futures Alberni-Clayoquot in June 2010 as a  volunteer on our Self-Employment Committee.  Since that time Todd has been actively engaged in our committees and our Board of Directors where he now acts as Vice Chair.

Outside of Community Futures you will find Todd engaged with many of the volunteer organizations working tirelessly for the betterment of our community, including social housing, mental health, addictions, and support services. Todd is also the current President for the local branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association. Outside of volunteering, Todd enjoys travelling, racing cars, reducing his energy consumption and grows his hair every year to play Santa.


Community Futures Nicola Valley

Tom Reynolds

Tom was born in Vancouver, graduated from Point Grey High School and went on to UBC where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Canadian History and then obtained his Professional Teacher’s Certificate.    Tom worked in the Municipal field for 33 years with 28 of those in a senior position.  Tom and Shirley arrived in Merritt in 2003, were Tom joined the City of Merritt as their Finance Manager.  Tom retired in 2009 and continues to be involved in several community organizations, including the Nicola Watershed Community Round Table, Nicola Valley Explorers, the Merritt Centennials, the Merritt Country Run and numerous other non-Profit Groups.  Tom tells his story and promotes Merritt and the Nicola Valley as a Blogger for Experience Nicola Valley. He joined Community Futures in the summer of 2015.

Community Futures Central Kootenay

Tyler Rice

Tyler Rice joined the CFCK Board of Directors in 2018. He is an active member of our board, the chair (since October 2019) of the Self Employment (SE) and Cannabis Business Transition Initiative (CBTI) Committee, board member and treasurer of the West Kootenay Boundary Community Investment Coop (WKBCIC), and a guest speaker and engaged participant on our Business Community Weekly Roundtable on COVID-19. He has actively supported the development of the cannabis processing facility. He is also busy with other volunteer activities including Assistant coach Nelson Minor Hockey (Atom & Novice) and Nelson Soccer Association (U10 & U8 Assistant Coach); North Shore Fire Department; volunteer Board member of the Chamber of Mines of Eastern BC; and Treasurer of the Redfish Elementary School P.A.C. Tyler has assisted with a feasibility study, and creation of the governance structure for a cannabis processing cooperative, which would provide Health Canada licensed packaging and value-added manufacturing to support cultivation facilities. 

Community Futures Sunshine Coast

Vickie Morris

Vickie joined the CF Board in 2016 and in less than a year found herself accepting the role of Board Chair of Volunteer Sunshine Coast and Board Chair of Rhiza Capital. Over the past four years, Vickie has led the board through governance training, an expanded recruitment and orientation process, and integrating a social finance and social innovation lens into its decision-making and influence. Vickie is an active chair, lending her time, expertise, and voice to key initiatives on the Sunshine Coast, as well as the Island Coastal Network and to CFBC. She spends considerable time planning and chairing each Board meeting, balancing governance with opportunities to engage and learn. Board meetings often dedicate time to generative conversations focused around climate change, long term sustainability of Community Futures, impact investing and utilizing the organization's influence and assets to address emerging social issues. Since Vickie has been chair the Board and committees have experienced minimal turnover, and an increased interest from qualified citizens to participate in the work of Community Futures Sunshine Coast.

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