Community Futures organizations are independent non-profit societies, locally-run, and guided by volunteer boards.
They actively support community-based economic development with a range of products and services aimed at creating diverse, sustainable rural communities.
Community Futures South Fraser (CFSF) considers its volunteers one of the organization's most important resources. Our Board of Directors consists of local business people who have extensive knowledge and experience of our local economy. Together with skilled staff, board and committee members guide the organization to its locally-created and community-driven goals.
Interested in becoming a board member?
CFSF is interested in working with individuals that aspire to contribute to the community in ways that reflect broadly held values, have meaningful impact, draw on unique strengths as a corporation, and reinforce our community economic development objectives.
In the governance of Community Futures South Fraser the Board does not participate in the day-to-day administration, but establishes the governing structure with broad policies and results to be achieved. The Board of Directors represent the corporate ownership of CF-South Fraser in achieving positive organizational performance. The role of the Board of Directors is to foster the organization’s short and long-term success consistent with the guiding principles and key directions and to be accountable to key stakeholders.
The individuals who make up the Board of Directors should, collectively, have the necessary personal attributes and competencies required to:
- add value and provide support for management in establishing strategy and reviewing risks and opportunities;
- effectively monitor the performance of management;
- and account for the performance of the organization.
Successful candidates will compliment the existing skill sets and diversity of our existing Board of Directors.
Qualifications of Board Members:
- Commitment to the mission and objectives of the organization
- Time to serve on the Board and committees
- Demonstrate a thorough understanding of CF's mandate and role in the community
- Strong interest in local issues and knowledge of the communities and people we serve
- Ability to express a community point of view to the Board
- Desire to advocate and represent the organization to the community
Applications for board member positions are continuously accepted. Please contact Bob Hahn for more details.
The Board of Directors
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The Board defines and delegates rather than reacting and ratifying. The Board must work continually to define the direction and end results that the organization is to achieve, and to develop policy that defines the acceptable boundaries within which it can delegate the achievements of those results. The Board represents the region's resident population, its priority economic sectors, and includes representation from the large, diverse geographic region.
The Board of Directors Biographies:
Meghan Larson, Chair (Abbotsford) Meghan is a highly accomplished Business Banking Advisor for Envision Financial and is the current Board Chair. Well known in her industry and across the region, Meghan has spent the last 8 years working in the Abbotsford area. With over 13 years of experience in the financial services industry, Meghan's approach to serving her clients is inclusive and engaging. She is not only passionate about helping her members prosper - she wants her community to thrive as well. Meghan is a newlywed that enjoys hiking, volleyball and spending time with family and friends, especially in her beautiful community of Chilliwack.
Steve Saccomano, Vice Chair (Chilliwack) Steve has a passion for the agriculture industry. He studied Ag. Finance and Farm Business Management as post secondary studies and has 29 years experience in the agriculture industry in BC; 17 years in the feed industry and 12 years in finance. Steve enjoys working with entrepreneurs and self-starters as they look to establish and grow their business. He has volunteered on many service organizations and committees as well as chaired fund raising events in the community. He enjoys the great outdoors, reading and golfing.
Brad Derbyshire, Treasurer (Abbotsford) Brad received a degree in Business Adminstration from the University of the Fraser Valley, an economics minor and a communication certificate while sitting on the University Senate and working as a UFV supported learning group instructor. Currently, Brad is working as a designated accounting professional with MNP at the Abbotsford office. Brad has lived the majority of his life in Abbotsford and in his free time enjoys sports (mainly hockey and baseball) and spending time with his family.
Bryce Lewis, Secretary (Chilliwack) Bryce is a Commercial Account Executive for HUB International Barton and is a past Board Chair of Community Futures South Fraser. He has worked in the insurance industry for the past 15+years. Bryce has been an active member in the community for many years, volunteering his time to various sport and non-profit organizations. Helping others reach their full potential, especially when they have entrepreneurial talents worth exploring, truly energizes him. Bryce was born in Chilliwack and has resided there the majority of his life. He loves the "can-do" attitude of people in his hometown, and the sheer beauty and endless recreational opportunities within the community.
Manjit Gholia, Director (Abbotsford) Manjit has resided in Abbotsford for 42 years, and has been self employed from an early age as an owner / operator of his family's agricultural business. Having been involved in agriculture for over 35 years, Mangit has served as a director in past years on various agricultural boards such as BC Raspberry Growers Association, BC Raspberry Industry Development Council, BC Horticultural Association, etc. Manjit has associated and served on political boards and has dedicated his time in past municipal, provincial and federal campaigns in Abbotsford. He has served as a past director on the provincial Abbotsford South Riding Association. Manjit currently serves the Lower Mainland agricultural community with his agricultural consulting business helping farmers and secondary agricultural businesses.
Brent Janzen, Director (Chilliwack) Brent is a Commercial Account Manager with Vancity. Brent has been employed in the Financial Services Industry for more than 23 years with most of this time spent working in the Chilliwack and Abbotsford areas. Brent is passionate about working with entrepreneurs and assisting them to become as successful as possible. Brent has volunteered his time in the community with various sports clubs and service organizations. Brent was born in Chilliwack and it is where he continues to live today with his family. Most of Brent's free time is now taken up by watching his two sons particpate in various sporting activities.
Justin Dyck, Director (Chilliwack) Justin Dyck began his architectural career at a design firm in Manitoba. His career took him to London, England where he worked for a large architectural firm before moving to Chilliwack. Justin joined CHP Architects in 2012 and became a partner in 2016. He believes that architecture should be relevant to the times we live in and be reflective of the social, environmental, economic and cultural challenges we face. Justin highly values the sustainability movement and is a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) accredited professional.
Brian Coombes, Director (Chilliwack) Brian is currently the President of the Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation (CEPCO), the economic development organization for the City of Chilliwack. He started his career in economic development with CEPCO in 1998 as the Director of Tourism and Business Development. His passion for tourism marketing and product development enabled him to serve as the Executive Director for Tourism Chilliwack from 2006-2013. In December 2013, Brian returned to CEPCO when he was selected as the new President. Working alongside a Board of Directors that reflects CEPCO’s public-private sector make-up, Brian leads a staff team responsible for implementing a range of successful programs and partnerships that have helped CEPCO attract and facilitate economic growth in the city of Chilliwack. As a long-time resident of Chilliwack, Brian is excited to help make the Fraser Valley a great place to live and work.
Shanal Prasad, Director (Chilliwack) Shanal is a Lawyer and the Principal of Alpine Legal Services. His practice areas include business, corporate, commercial, real estate, secured lending, and wills and estates law. Prior to his career in law, Shanal obtained his Bachelors of Business Administration majoring in Accounting from Kwantlen Polytechnic University, as well as his Chartered Professional Accountant designation (CPA, CMA). He then attended Thompson Rivers University where he obtained his Juris Doctor and subsequently worked as an Associate at a full-service law firm in the Fraser Valley. He has worked in a variety of industries in numerous roles and looks forward to leveraging his diverse set of skills and experiences as well as his passion for business to assist entrepreneurs in achieving their full potential. In his spare time, Shanal enjoys staying up to date with technology, traveling, reading, and spending time with family and friends.