Volunteer of the Year

Community Futures 16/37

Braunwyn Henwood

Braunwyn’s pragmatic approach and her enthusiasm for community initiatives enhance the quality of life in the Hazeltons.  Braunwyn’s life is anchored in three basic beliefs – a person must give back to the community; if a need is evident, a person does not ask but acts to meet the need; and a wheelchair is not a barrier to achieving what you believe.  She is the volunteer liaison for Measuring Up the North and  was involved with fundraising for the new Skate Board and Bike Park in Hazelton. 

She championed the Skeena Bakery, a business operated by people with disabilities.  She is an elected councillor for the District of New Hazelton and advocates for making the Hazeltons a better and safer place to live, work and play.  In 2013 she received the BC Community Achievement Award.  In her nominator’s words, “Braunwyn Henwood is a GIFT to our community.”   She has been a director with Community Futures 16/37 since November 2012.




Community Futures Central Kootenay

Charlotte Ferreux

Charlotte is the CEO of Thrive Coaching & Consulting, providing high performance coaching, leadership training and inspiration to clients globally. She’s managed multi-million dollar operations/teams for other companies like Lululemon Athletica and has created a 6-figure organization that has pivoted to being primarily online. She’s been practicing & coaching personal development for over 15 years, as well as having 20+ years of restaurant, retail and fashion industry experience focusing primarily in leadership and senior management roles.

A past Self-Employment program client, Charlotte is a resident of Castlegar, where she sits on the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. She’s an engaged member of her community who brings entrepreneurial, leadership, human resources and online skills to our Board. Charlotte joined the CFCK Board in 2015, is a member of the Nominating Committee, Chairs the Self Employment Committee and became the Vice Chair in 2017. In September 2018 Charlotte joined the CFBC Board of Directors.




Community Futures Cowichan

Dana Thorne

Dana began volunteering with Community Futures Cowichan in 2015 and was appointed to the Board of Directors. As the Associate Director of Housing for Cowichan Tribes, she brings a keen interest in economic development and a willingness to collaborate with organizations that share similar values and interests.

Dana recently expanded her volunteer role to sit on CFC’s Business Development Committee.   She also stepped up to lead the organization and staff through a facilitated Customer Journey Mapping Process, which will improve many processes that benefit our clients and other stakeholders.

Beyond her volunteering commitment to Community Futures, Dana is a Board Member with the Island Coast Economic Trust.  She holds a Masters certificate in project management and an MBA from Royal Roads University.  As a Cowichan Tribes Band Member, Dana believes her volunteer experience will contribute to Cowichan Tribes’ success in their economic development ventures.

 




Community Futures Boundary

Dave Marshall

When the worst flood in over 200 years hit the Boundary Region in May 2018, many local businesses were devastated especially in the Downtown Core. Community Futures Boundary reacted immediately to provide assistance and support.

Our loans committee, which Dave was a part of, developed a flood relief program giving businesses, whether a CF client or not, quick and uncomplicated access to capital and interest relief. Loans were processed with no fees, interest or payments due for 6 months. The loans committee made themselves available to approve requests in a very quick response time. This allowed affected businesses to begin recovery earlier as they settled with insurance companies, the Disaster Flood Assistance Program and the Red Cross. $322,500.00 was advanced to 17 businesses, 9 new clients and 8 existing clients. Since then 4 loans have been fully repaid and the balance refinanced at current rates. CFB continues to provide support to affected businesses.




Community Futures Sun Country

Dona Radomsky

Dona joined the CF team April, 2010. Dona fit into the organization immediately due to her passion for her community and the region. Dona is a health professional and brings a different perspective when it comes to decision making.
 
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Community Futures Central Island

Ed Poli

Ed Poli came to Nanaimo in 1993 after a 25-year career with the Federal Government.  Once here, he worked for the Nanaimo's Canada Employment Centre before pursuing a consulting practice in economic development which spanned many industries. He has volunteered for the Nanaimo Art Gallery, the Nanaimo Blues Society, the Nanaimo North Rotary Club, and the Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation.

Poli joined the CFCI Board in 2011 where he has been Chair for the past 3 years, and has been involved with the Loans and Audit Committees. 

Poli is a creative thinker who works well with others and his varied background gives him a broad understanding and balanced perspective which enables him to make a meaningful contribution to Community Futures members, staff and clients. “His respect for board and committee members has kept us effective in meeting the challenges facing future growth in Central Vancouver Island,” notes David Mailloux, Vice-Chair




Community Futures Okanagan Similkameen

George Stayberg

George resides in Penticton and is one of the founding Community Futures members. He is a past City of Penticton Councillor and Regional District Director. George has owned and operated a number of businesses including manufacturing and car dealerships. He is currently the owner of Midtown RV.




Community Futures North Fraser

Heather O'Coin

Heather joined the board of Community Futures North Fraser a little over a year ago and soon after found herself voted into the position of chair.

Heather enjoys here role with Community Futures as it aligns very well with her passion to help small business and engage with the business community. Heather works with First West Credit Union and for the past 15 years she has helped small businesses achieve their goals. She moved to the Fraser Valley in 2017 for work and family, and before that spent her life in the South Okanagan.

Heather has always enjoyed being involved in the community and she is an active Board member with the Mission Chamber of Commerce.




Community Futures Revelstoke

Jane McNab

Jane McNab has been a CF Volunteer since 1998. She has served on the Board, Self-Employment committee and several project and ad hoc committees in that time. On top of her volunteer work with Community Futures, she also very actively volunteers for several other organizations, including doing countless tax returns for seniors every year.

When not volunteering, Jane spends most of her time in the outdoors as an avid skier, biker, paddler and hiker. Jane exemplifies the spirit of Community Futures through her incredible community involvement. The Staff of Community Futures Revelstoke are proud to nominate Jane as the 2019 Community Futures Revelstoke Volunteer of the Year.




Community Futures Boundary

Jim Holmes

When the worst flood in over 200 years hit the Boundary Region in May 2018, many local businesses were devastated especially in the Downtown Core. Community Futures Boundary reacted immediately to provide assistance and support.

Our loans committee, which Jim was a part of, developed a flood relief program giving businesses, whether a CF client or not, quick and uncomplicated access to capital and interest relief. Loans were processed with no fees, interest or payments due for 6 months. The loans committee made themselves available to approve requests in a very quick response time. This allowed affected businesses to begin recovery earlier as they settled with insurance companies, the Disaster Flood Assistance Program and the Red Cross. $322,500.00 was advanced to 17 businesses, 9 new clients and 8 existing clients. Since then 4 loans have been fully repaid and the balance refinanced at current rates. CFB continues to provide support to affected businesses.




Community Futures Boundary

Joan Thomas

When the worst flood in over 200 years hit the Boundary Region in May 2018, many local businesses were devastated especially in the Downtown Core. Community Futures Boundary reacted immediately to provide assistance and support. Our loans committee, which Joan was a part of, developed a flood relief program giving businesses, whether a CF client or not, quick and uncomplicated access to capital and interest relief. Loans were processed with no fees, interest or payments due for 6 months.

The loans committee made themselves available to approve requests in a very quick response time. This allowed affected businesses to begin recovery earlier as they settled with insurance companies, the Disaster Flood Assistance Program and the Red Cross. $322,500.00 was advanced to 17 businesses, 9 new clients and 8 existing clients. Since then 4 loans have been fully repaid and the balance refinanced at current rates. CFB continues to provide support to affected businesses




Community Futures Boundary

Joe Sioga

When the worst flood in over 200 years hit the Boundary Region in May 2018, many local businesses were devastated especially in the Downtown Core. Community Futures Boundary reacted immediately to provide assistance and support.

Our loans committee, which Joe was a part of,  developed a flood relief program giving businesses, whether a CF client or not, quick and uncomplicated access to capital and interest relief. Loans were processed with no fees, interest or payments due for 6 months. The loans committee made themselves available to approve requests in a very quick response time. This allowed affected businesses to begin recovery earlier as they settled with insurance companies, the Disaster Flood Assistance Program and the Red Cross. $322,500.00 was advanced to 17 businesses, 9 new clients and 8 existing clients. Since then 4 loans have been fully repaid and the balance refinanced at current rates. CFB continues to provide support to affected businesses.




Community Futures Central Okanagan

Krista Mallory

Krista is a West Kelowna resident who has been a CFDC Central Okanagan Member since 2012. She has participated on the Youth, Entrepreneurship and Loan Committees and as a Director since 2016.

We discovered Krista when she was working as a Loans Analyst at the Women’s Enterprise Centre. In 2016 she began work as a Business Development Officer for the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission where she has helped take the organization to a new level of professionalism. In addition to being a mother of two young active children, Krista comes from of family of entrepreneurs and is a dynamic and resourceful leader.

Her keen participation helps strengthen and connect the CFDC to the vibrant Central Okanagan economic and business community




Community Futures Pacific Northwest

Mary Denton

Mary Denton is an account executive for CFNR Radio Network, BC’s only First Nations Radio Network. CFNR Radio Network broadcasts in 82 communities in Central and Northern BC and exclusively brings Commercial Radio to 42 First Nations. She is also a speaker on marketing and branding at numerous conferences and annual regional marketing seminars. When not busy at work she is actively involved in our community; spending time on the Community Futures of the Pacific Northwest board, Coast Mountain College board, Prince Rupert Tourism board, Kaien Island Trail Society and Friends of Shames.

She has served on the Community Futures in Prince Rupert board since 2011 as a director, and more recently as vice-chair. She is a valuable asset to the board as she brings a wealth of information on communication & advertisement along with her understanding of indigenous communities.




Community Futures North Okanagan

Michael Tindall

Michael is a retired media executive with labor relations, finance, human resources, marketing and general management expertise.  He has served on public company boards and over 25 provincial and local boards including the Okanagan College Foundation, the Terrace, Vancouver Arbutus and Vernon Kalamalka Rotary clubs, the B.C. Association of Broadcasters, the Okanagan Partnership, the B.C. Arts Council, and the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation before joining Community Futures of the North Okanagan in late 2015.  Board committee expertise includes Audit, Finance, Loans, Strategic Planning and Human Resources, and he has also functioned as president of many of the local community boards.

Michael has brought his extensive experience and skills to his Directorship at Community Futures of the North Okanagan and is an active member of their Loans and Governance Committees.

 




Community Futures Nicola Valley

Noreen Cross

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Noreen is experienced in financial reporting and analysis.  Along with her husband Jack, she has been the owner of an autobody shop and is experienced with the challenges of small business operations.  Originally from the lower mainland, Noreen and Jack intentionally re-located to the Nicola Valley for the lifestyle, climate and economic opportunities.

Noreen has been active in the community with organizations ranging from the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, the Merritt Centennials Hockey Club to the Nicola Valley Cruisers – a well-known custom car club.   Noreen’s ride is an all-original Model T.   Noreen is currently employed as a Finance Coordinator with the Nicola Tribal Association (NTA) and enjoys the amenities of Merritt combined with the advantages rural acreage living offers.

 




Community Futures Peace Liard

Ray Good

Ray Good has sat on the Community Futures Peace Liard Loans Committee for over 15 years. Ray has been a faithful and attentive volunteer and deserves to be recognized. Ray never took a seat on our board of directors but was very active on the loans committee. Ray had an extensive background in banking and finance as well years of experience as an owner of a well-known business in Dawson Creek and area “Prestige Gifts & Trophies” until he retired and his daughter took over the family business.

Ray provided a tremendous amount of knowledge that helped our CF make the right decisions on lending to an entrepreneur. Ray looked at the entrepreneur through all angles. Is this the right choice for this person? Are we setting them up to fail? Or let’s support this loan and be sure to provide the business with good supports that will help them to succeed. Although Ray has been retired for several years he is still involved in his community.

 




Community Futures North Cariboo

Rob Borsato

Rob joined CFNC Board of Directors in the spring of 2016.  Rob is a valuable board member. He has a great passion for the Agricultural Sector and has been a strong leader in our local farming community.  

Rob owns and runs his own organic farm as well as heading up the Quesnel Farmers Market for over a decade.  He is involved in many organizations that promote and care for agriculture, climate change and community growth.  Rob is frequently described as a problem solver, ‘the one who knows the rules and makes everything run smoothly’.   




Community Futures Sunshine Coast

Sharon Anderchek

Sharon Anderchek is a volunteer member of the Board of Directors and is co-Chair of the Loans & Investment Committee. Previous to her tenure as Director and Committee member, Sharon worked in the field of community economic development for 25 years with Community Futures Sunshine Coast. Various roles with CFSC included Self-Employment Program Coordinator, Business Advisor, Loans Manager and General Manager.

This experience has developed a keen interest in the funding and development of local small business, and the power of the entrepreneur, as a generator for a healthy local economy. Sharon’s work as Business Advisor/ Loans Manager was rewarded in 2013 with the provincial Community Futures Loan Portfolio of the Year Award. Formal education includes a Bachelor of Environmental Studies in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Waterloo and a certificate in Community Economic Development from Simon Fraser University. 




Community Futures Mount Waddington

Shelley Downey

Shelley Downey joined the Community Futures Board in 2015.  With her experience as a local business owner and as a town councillor, Shelley quickly became a valuable asset within our governance structure. 

Shelley and her husband Ron are long term residents of Port McNeill.  Not afraid to ask the tough questions, Shelley always has the best interests of our organization and our community in mind. 

Shelley is a very community minded individual and in addition to Community Futures she’s been involved with the boards of the Port McNeill Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club. Currently a councillor in Port McNeill, Shelley has recently been nominated to run for the Conservative Party of Canada in the North Island-Powell River riding in the 2019 federal election.  We are proud and honoured to name Shelley our Volunteer of the Year! 




Community Futures Alberni-Clayoquot

Sue Payne

Sue has been a dedicated member of Community Futures Alberni-Clayoquot for over 13 years, joining the Board of Directors in September 2006. In addition to bringing valued insight to our board meetings, Sue also sits on the Investment Committee and in the past on the Self-Employment Committee. As a successful entrepreneur in a number of businesses in her community she has considerable business experience and a solid understanding of the west coast communities.

Sue is a prominent and highly regarded member of her community and involves herself in valuable community groups such as the Pacific Rim Arts Society, the West Coast Multi-Plex Society and previously the Ucluelet Chamber of Commerce.

We value Sue’s insight and contribution to our organization and the passion she brings for the success of the Alberni-Clayoquot region.




Community Futures Cariboo-Chilcotin

Tom Hoffman

Tom Hoffman graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from the University of Alberta and is a Registered Professional Forester in both Alberta and British Columbia. He has worked in the Forest Industry for about 37 years and been with Tolko Industries for the last 18 years and has worked in a variety of areas.  In his current role as Manager of External and Stakeholder Relations where he is responsible for developing and managing relationships that improve stakeholder relations and profitability in all 3 Provinces (Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia) that Tolko operates in.

He has been married (Wendy) for 35 years and has 3 grown children.

Tom is currently the Vice-Chair for the Northern Development Initiative Trust and Chair of the Community Futures Cariboo-Chilcotin.  He has been involved with Community Futures in Northern Alberta and British Columbia since 1994. 

 




Community Futures Fraser Fort George

Trent Gibson

Trent joined CF FFG as a member of the Finance and Lending Committee in 2017.  It did not take long before his talents as a CPA shone through and the Board invited him to come onto the Board of Directors.  Since then, there has been no looking back – Trent jumped right in and quickly filled the role of Treasurer and has been outstanding in supporting the Officer of Finance and Administration with reviewing the accounting system to ensure it is being maximized, he has engaged the Board to become savvy in business ratios and continues to support everyone with accounting knowledge.  

Although Trent has taken on the role of Treasurer, continues to be an active member of the Finance and Lending Committee where he contributes valuable feedback to the Committee and for the Business Analysts to share with their respective clients




Community Futures Boundary

Warren Dunbar

When the worst flood in over 200 years hit the Boundary Region in May 2018, many local businesses were devastated especially in the Downtown Core. Community Futures Boundary reacted immediately to provide assistance and support.

Our loans committee, which Warren was a part of,  developed a flood relief program giving businesses, whether a CF client or not, quick and uncomplicated access to capital and interest relief. Loans were processed with no fees, interest or payments due for 6 months. The loans committee made themselves available to approve requests in a very quick response time. This allowed affected businesses to begin recovery earlier as they settled with insurance companies, the Disaster Flood Assistance Program and the Red Cross. $322,500.00 was advanced to 17 businesses, 9 new clients and 8 existing clients. Since then 4 loans have been fully repaid and the balance refinanced at current rates. CFB continues to provide support to affected businesses.




Community Futures Stó:lō

Willy Hall

Willy Hall is from Skowkale First Nation, where he has served as former Chief and Band Manager. From 1994-2005, he was the Director of Finance for Stó:lō Nation (Stó:lō Service Agency), then became the Executive Director in 2005 and has held this position to date for 14 years. 

Willy is also an Indigenous entrepreneur, as the owner/operator of Aboriginal Financial Consulting, specializing in property taxation since 2005. Willy previously held a nine year Board term with Stó:lō Community Futures (SCF) and returned after two years in 2017. He has been on the SCF Loan Funds Committee since 2005 and has been Chair since June, 2013. 

As a dedicated Stó:lō Community Member and Indigenous entrepreneur, Willy continues to share his passion in being part of SCF and assisting new and aspiring Indigenous entrepreneurs, helping existing Indigenous and Stó:lō Community-owned businesses with economic development and growing the Indigenous business economy in Stó:lō.




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