Volunteers

Volunteers are the backbone of the Community Futures organization and make a meaningful contribution to the region.

CFNO Committee members and Board Directors are ideally distributed throughout the North Okanagan region and represent the diversity of the area in terms of geographic representation, gender, age and ethnicity. CFNO seeks individuals with skills related but not limited to:

  • Community engagement
  • Business and workforce development
  • Financial/legal expertise
  • Human resources

Volunteer With Us

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer on one of our Committees or on the Board of Directors please complete the CFNO Volunteer Application Form. The Board Resource Committee will review applications of all interested candidates in compliance with Personal Information Protection Act, and make recommendations for appointments.

Our Board Of Directors

Community Futures North Okanagan is governed by the Board of Directors operating in accordance with the provisions of the BC Society Act.

The Board’s membership consists of persons who represent the North Okanagan region’s cultural, employment and business community and are interested in furthering the community economic development of the region.


MICHELE HILL – Chairperson

Michele Hill

Michele Hill is an Environmental Scientist and is a Registered Professional Biologist with 27 years’ experience. Michele has been operating an environmental consulting company in Armstrong, B.C. for 24 years.

Michele became involved with Community Futures North
Okanagan (CFNO) in 1998 as a member of our Business Exchange Program and became a member of the CFNO Business Loans Committee in 2006. Michele then joined the CFNO Board of Directors in 2014 and currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors. Michele brings her significant education, experience and environmental values to all aspects of her many roles within the Community Futures organization.


MICHAEL TINDALL – Vice-Chairperson

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 (Sun Rype Foods Ltd., Infonet Bermuda Ltd., Okanagan Skeena Group Ltd.) 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 presently serves on the executive of Kalamalka Rotary, is a member of the Campaign Committee for the Okanagan College, Kal Campus Trades Building Project, is a Director of Community Futures of the North Okanagan and is an active member of their Loans and Governance Committees.


BRYON BRANDLE

Bryon Brandle

Bryon is a Lawyer, Realtor and Developer.  He practiced law for several years with a major Vancouver law firm and is the former Broker Owner of several RE/MAX real estate brokerage offices in the North Okanagan and Shuswap area, along with a substantial General Insurance Agency.  He is a member of Law Society of BC, Canadian Bar Association, Real Estate Institute of Canada, Real Estate Institute of BC (past Director), Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board (past Director).  He has sat on various Provincial and local boards including, the Real Estate Council of British Columbia, Community Foundation of the North Okanagan, Teen Junction Initiative Society and Vernon Winter Carnival Society.

Bryon is presently a director and Vice Chair of the British Columbia Real Estate Errors & Omissions Insurance Corporation and a Director and Vice Chair of the Community Futures of the North Okanagan, along with being an active member of the Governance Committee.


MICHELE BLAIS

Michele has been working in the community services/health sector in Vernon since 1989.  This has included coordination and leadership roles with Ministry of Advanced Education and Apprenticeship; Human Rights Committee; Boys and Girls Club; Family Resource Centre; Interior Health and the Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use Collaborative.

During the time at Boys and Girls Club we were partners with Community Futures with the Bridges Program and I was actively involved in the program interviewing and supporting participants as well as presenting workshops.

Another passion has been writing a local community column since 1987 with the Sun and Vernon Morning Star newspapers’.

Michele took a break from community services and supported her interest in working with families by becoming a realtor a for six years. She is now working as a provincial coordinator with the CYMHSU Collaborative and will retire from this role in 2017 and begin a new adventure of free time.  She has been a proud member of the Community Futures Board since 2014.


DAVE FLETCHER

Dave had a long career in telecommunications and management. His contribution to volunteerism has been extensive as he has served many local non-profit organizations. Dave has been the executive director for the Community Foundation of the North Okanagan, past president with the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce, secretary for the Kalamalka Lodge a member of the directorate with the Greater Vernon 2012 BC Winter Games Society and president and chairperson on the Vernon Winter Carnival Committee.

Dave has been the vice chair for Community Futures and has served the board since 2000.  Dave is married to Barb and has four children Chris, Jay, Jenna and Laryssa.


DON MAIN

Don has lived in Vernon since 1946.  Now retired, he was the Business Manager of the Okanagan Council of the Carpenter’s Union since 1980. Don served on the employment appeals board for 12 years. Don was President of the Okanagan Skills Unlimited Training Society since its inception in 1988. 

Over the years, Don has supported CFDC in its continuing efforts to help the community grow. He believes the organization benefits the community by assisting in the startup of new businesses and helping existing benefits to expand, hereby creating new jobs and maintaining existing ones.

Don has served the Community Futures organization on a national, provincial and local level for over 30 years. He served as the board chair for many years and was awarded with the Community Economic Development (CED) Achievement award to recognize outstanding contributions in the field of CED, in training, programming and administration at the Provincial Community Futures Conference in 1996.


PENNY MCDONALD

Penny is a CGA, CPA and employed as a senior manager with KPMG LLP.   With over 20 years of experience in providing accounting and tax services, Penny is devoted to meeting the needs of owner-managed businesses and individuals. She specializes in family owned businesses, professionals, corporate and personal tax planning.

Penny has been involved with Community Futures since 2012 when she joined the Self-Employment Committee and is one of the newest members of the Board of Directors. As a strong supporter of business development and start-ups, Penny helped spearhead Community Futures’ Enterprize Challenge competition and continues to support that initiative with KPMG.

Penny is a member of Kalamalka Rotary Club and in her spare time enjoys spending time outdoors motorcycle riding, hiking, camping and skate skiing.


STACEY BARBER

Stacey holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Marketing and has worked extensively in the commercial insurance industry. Stacey is now the owner/operator of GetintheLoop North Okanagan, an app that brings local businesses and consumers together, Stacey believes it is important in the North Okanagan to support and shop locally.

Over the years, Stacey has been involved at CFNO in several capacities. She has been a volunteer Committee member, workshop facilitator and worked with budding entrepreneurs as a mentor. Stacey joined the CFNO Board of Directors in 2018, bringing her significant education, experience and strong desire to see small businesses succeed. As well as being a CFNO volunteer Board of Directors, Stacey also services on the Board Executive Committee. When not working to bring local business and consumers together Stacey can be found can be found with her husband and two boys enjoying the outdoors and all the Okanagan has to offer!


VALERIE CHIBA

W∂y’ and thank you for the opportunity to sit on the Board of Directors for Community Futures North Okanagan. My name is Valerie Chiba, My parents are Pauline, (the late) Teruo Chiba, My grandparents are Joseph and Agnes Marchand, and George and Shuko Chiba. I was born and raised in Vernon. My husband Maurice Richard and I are raising our amazing son Pierre at Nka’pamux (pronounced Inkumupulux). Head of the Lake.

I have 27 years’ experience participating on Board of Directors, for the Non Profit sector. I graduated from Douglas College in Business Administration and have upgraded my skills gaining numerous certificates. I have held numerous Board positions with the following societies: First Nation Friendship Centre, Vernon Native Housing, Aboriginal Housing Management Association, BC Non Profit Housing, National Aboriginal Housing Association, Round lake Treatment Centre, and National Association Aboriginal Friendship Centre and am in a second term sitting on Chief and Council for the Okanagan Indian Band. Within these roles work for the Aboriginal people and speak loudly with knowledge that moved many decisions forward in timely, productive and respectful manner.

In addition, I have experience with various committees including: Policy Review Committee, Personnel Committee, Building Inspections, Tenant Interviews, Family Violence Steering Committee, Aboriginal Sexual Abuse Intervention Steering Committee, R.O.O.T.S. Steering Committee, Montessori, and Seaton Music Parents Association.

My success is based on honesty, hard work, and dedication. My values are simple: common respect, common courtesy, and common sense.
Lim Limpt.


JULIA TOMKINS

Julia holds a BBA and is nearing completion of her CPA designation. In her current position with a cloud-based accounting firm, she helps small to medium-sized businesses take control of their finances and solve operational challenges with a creative and tech-focused approach. Julia became enamoured with the Okanagan tech community through her role as the accountant for a Kelowna start-up, which was pegged as Canada’s fastest-growing company in Canadian Business’s 2017 STARTUP 50 Ranking. She looks forward to bringing that spirit to the North Okanagan.

Julia’s first exposure to Community Futures was through a co-working space while travelling on the Sunshine Coast. After witnessing what a positive impact the organization has, she jumped at the opportunity to join the CFNO Board of Directors in January 2020 and is excited to serve the community she has chosen to call home.

Outside of work, Julia takes full advantage of the recreation that Vernon has to offer and can be found rock climbing, mountain biking and snowboarding.


GLEN WHITLOCK

Glen has worked in the telecommunications and fiber optic industry for 32 years. He has held senior management roles for various communications companies up until 6 years ago at which time he unleashed his entrepreneurial spirit and started his first company – Brothers Broadband. Brothers Broadband is a leading telecommunications contractor working on large-scale construction projects throughout Western Canada.

Glen has gone on to start two new companies: National Fiber Solutions – a fiber optic sensing and telecommunications business in the oil and gas sector; and Perimeter Traffic Control, which is branching out with offices in Prince George, Vernon and Cranbrook.

Glen is a committed volunteer who has been on the board of directors for various hockey associations, and two different golf clubs. He joined the Community Futures board as a way to give back to the community, support entrepreneurship and contribute to community economic development in the region.


TIM BIEBER

Tim is an Entrepreneur & start-up business consultant who has started 5+ media/tech companies, and has been involved with launching or mentoring many other start-ups to successful exits.  Tim has held executive C-level positions in companies ranging from 10 – 1,500 employees, focused on Sales and Business Development roles, primarily in the technology industries.  

Tim has been selling since the age of six, when growing up in the jungles of Papua New Guinea, selling Hot Wheels cars to locals.  He has built, managed or worked alongside sales teams for some of the largest companies in the world (IBM, Google/YouTube, CBS Interactive, BBTV) selling everything from digital media to SaaS to green-tech solutions in countless different industries.  Tim has always been an entrepreneur with out-of-the-box thinking, strategy and execution.  He takes this entrepreneurial drive and spirit into any organization he assists.