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 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.
BRYON BRANDLE – Vice-Chairperson
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 and Self Employment Committees.
BARRY KASDORF – Treasurer
Barry came to Vernon in the mid-eighties, and with him he brought his passion for business. With a degree in Forestry, and a passion for self-employment, he opened a small business that grew reforestation seedlings. After successfully operating the nursery for 16 years, he sold it, and established a new business growing tree seed.
Having more spare time allowed for volunteer work, and he found that a volunteer position at Community Futures was a good fit for him. This gave him the opportunity to help individuals wanting to explore the world of business for themselves. He has now been with CF for 6 years. He is very active on the Board, and aids with committees that help local entrepreneurs find their feet in their own enterprises. He enjoys working with all the staff at CF, as they share his passion, and he finds his role there not only very interesting, but fulfilling as well.
Barrie Shandler has been involved in the business in Lumby and area for past 25 yrs. He has been an entrepreneur in both the retail and manufacturing sectors. Having been very involved in the community, Barrie was past president of the Lumby Chamber of Commerce as well as a member of the Lumby Area Planning Council.
With experience in financial planning and investing, Barrie has been involved on the Self Employment Committee and a member of the Board of Directors with Community Futures since 2004.
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.
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.
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.
Born and raised in the Vernon area, Vic graduated in 1946 after which he joined the Bank of Montreal. During his 38 years of service with the bank, he worked in nearly every area of BC, finishing his term with Branch Management appointments in Hope, Prince Rupert and Vernon. Vics career has spanned almost 60 years in the fields of banking and finance, commercial real estate sales, and community economic development. In his career, Vic has produced and hosted a talk show, participated in the development and delivery of entrepreneurial and credit training seminars locally and abroad and worked on several economic development initiatives. During this time Vic was one of six original directors of Vernon’s Winter Carnival and was the founding president of O’keefe Ranch Society.
Vic has been involved with Community Futures as a volunteer since 1984. He has served on the Loan Board and subsequently joined the organization as Business Analyst in 1986. In addition, Mr. Harwood served in the role of the organization’s loan manager and self-employment coordinator until his retirement in 1999.
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.
Bob, a member of the Secwepemc/Shuswap First Nation taught high school for 31 years near Ottawa. He was a department head, athletic director and vice principal. He coached several sports, principally basketball, track and field and hockey. As president of the E. Ontario high school sports association for several years, he served on the OFSAA, Ontario provincial high school governing body gaining recognition in excellence as a teacher-coach.
During his teaching career he took the opportunity to do an international teaching exchange to Australia for a year.
A long term volunteer, he has been involved in minor hockey as a coach, referee and Association President. A member of a recreation board, he worked in fundraising and construction of a new arena. He was on the organizing committees for the 2005 FIS World Cup and the 2008 Women’s Curling Championship.
An avid golfer and skier, Bob has been a volunteer Mountain Host at Silver Star the past 15 years. He has been a Community Futures board member since 2004.
Recruitment for new Directors follows a comprehensive process and includes posting a Notice of Vacancy on this website. The following document outlines the expectations and responsibilities as they would appear in the Notice of Vacancy.