Our core staff are augmented by project staff or contractors on an as-needed basis.
Teresa Pippus, Acting General Manager and Self-Employment Program Manager - Teresa has trained and coached entrepreneurs for more than 20 years and has assisted over 1000 people to start their own small or micro-businesses. After owning 4 successful hospitality industry businesses and creating and delivering employee/customer retention workshops for over 15 years she realizes one important principle - happiness is profitable. She is known as a customer service and marketing guru and has a passion and intuition for helping people move forward. Teresa is a sought after speaker and workshop leader for amazing, authentic, and adventurous customer service. She lives in beautiful Fort Langley with her daughter Arden.
Bob Hahn, CPA, CMA, Business Analyst - Bob brings a wealth of business and technical experience to Community Futures South Fraser. Bob was previously the General Manager of a manufacturing company in the concrete industry and Senior Geophysicist/ Group Leader with resource companies in the energy sector. At CFSF, Bob has worked in the roles of Office Manager, Operations and Finance Manager, and mostly recently Business Analyst. Bob maintains our Loans Portfolio, Human Resources, and Western Economic Diversification (WD) reporting. A recent achievement for Bob was his CPA, CMA designation. Bob's joy in life is his family including eight wonderful grandchildren. Hobbies include speedcubing, guitar, and piano. Favorite saying - measure twice, cut once..
Candace English, Community Economic Development - Having spent the majority of her life in the Fraser Valley, Candace has a strong, committed connection to our local communities as she assists local government, organizations and businesses in the improvement and development of a healthy, sustainable and diversified local economy. Along with her skills in marketing, office management, and project coordination Candace has over 14 years of small business experience in the service industry providing her with the knowledge and understanding of the opportunities and challenges that face small business owners and entrepreneurs here in the valley. Candace focuses her efforts on the improvement of the economic well-being and quality of life for our communities by assisting in the creation of long-term employment opportunities.
Annette Borrows, Vocational Rehab Consultant - Annette has been serving people with disabilities towards employment since 1998. Working with several funding agencies such as Fraser Health, Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation, Service Canada, Neil Squire and CLBC has given Annette a wide variety of experiences in assisting people towards recovery and breaking down barriers that people with disabilities face in the workforce. Annette also teaches the Supported Employment Series through Douglas College and the Okanagan University College, a curriculum that she developed from her experiences. Annette also serves on several boards such as the Focus Disability Network Society, Canadian Association for Supported Employment, the Creative Centre Society, and the Rotary at Work project.
Bruce Fatkin, Business Advisor - Bruce is a native to Abbotsford and a former farmer in the Bradner area. As an employee of Community Futures for six years, he led several agricultural tourism and industry sector development projects and worked for a while helping emerging local small businesses with business planning and start-up. With the Fraser Basin Council of BC, Bruce helped form a local agricultural products marketing group in Agassiz and conducted a feasibility study for a farmers market in the area. He also worked with the hazelnut and crayfish sectors on value-added pre-feasibility investigations. He currently manages the Abbotsford Farm and Country Market and helps other non-profit organizations with project management as needed. Bruce serves on other non-profit boards including FarmStart BC and the Abbotsford/Mission Operation Red Nose.