Meet the current 2018-2019 inclusion Powell River Society Board of Directors.
Bruce Anderson, 1st Vice President
Bruce Anderson has lived in Powell River since 1973. For 36 of those years, except for a few stints as president of the Powell River and District Teachers’ Association, he worked as a public school teacher. Throughout his teaching career he always put aside volunteer time for various organizations. Since retiring in 2009 Bruce has continued volunteering. Part of this calling has been as an inclusion Powell River Society board of director. For the past two years he has been its chairperson.
Rick Biasutti, Treasurer
Born and raised in Powell River, I have focused my entire career in the field of accounting and financial management as a professional designated accountant. My background includes 10 years in local government accounting and over 20 years in the local business environment. Many years of experience in both union and non-union environments has provided me with a balanced perspective on the values each brings to not only their respective employers but also the community as a whole. Human Resource management has also been significant focus throughout my career, as it is the people that can make the biggest difference whether in the work place or community. Taking advantage of Powell River’s attractions, my hobbies include boating, camping and music. As a volunteer in the past with other non-profit organizations in the capacity of treasurer, I look forward to the opportunity to represent Inclusion PR as treasurer.
Joyce Carlson, Secretary
Joyce Carlson was born and raised in Powell River. Her father was born here and her grandfather came here in 1916. She is the oldest of three children. Her younger brother has Down’s Syndrome. He was the youngest person attending a facility in Cranberry in the 1950s, which evolved into Inclusion Powell River.
Joyce has been in the newspaper business since 1970 and started The Powell River Peak in 1995. Joyce has served on BC and Canadian newspaper association boards, including terms as president of both. She also is secretary-treasurer for Model Community Project for Persons with Disabilities.
Paul Clements, Vice President
Paul is a long serving member on the Board of IPR. Formerly a Professional Engineer, he practised in both the Petrochemical, Telecommunications and Venture Capital sectors, predominantly in Canada and the western US, until retiring in 1995. Paul has a daughter in care with IPR since 1996.
After spending a decade in Vancouver, Jessica returned to her hometown of Powell River in 2014 to fill the role of Case Manager in Long-term Care at Vancouver Coastal Health. Her professional focus is development that addresses the challenges faced by the surging aging population, as well as initiatives that foster community inclusion for older adults. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Nursing and is currently completing a Masters of Business Administration at the University of Northern British Columbia.
Frieda Hamoline, Director
Frieda recently retired as Branch Manager of the Scotiabank Powell River Branch, after a 37 year career with the Bank. During my career with the Bank I obtained my Personal Financial Planning and Small Business Accreditation. Frieda currently serves on the Board for Model Community Project, PRISE, and the Rotary Club of Powell River. She also enjoys camping and spending time with her girls and grandchildren.
Michael Keating, 2nd Vice President
Mike Keating has been involved in Community Living for the past 35 years and has been a line staff person, supervisor, service developer, program manager and special needs housing developer. Mike has worked in day care, residential, education and leisure recreation services. He worked for the Mission Association for Community Living between the years 1986 and 1989. During that time he assisted 13 individuals to leave Woodlands and Glendale institutions and move to Mission. He was the Provincial Coordinator for the Ministry of Health’s Provincial Brain Injury Program for ten years and served as Community Ventures Society Executive Director for 12 years. He has been a strong advocate for individuals with disabilities and their families. Mike has served on a number of Boards. Currently he serves on the Inclusion BC Foundation Board. He was the Executive Director Network representative on the Board of Inclusion BC, formerly the B.C. Association for Community Living, for 2012- 2013. He served on the Family Support Institute Board for 5 years. Mike and his wife, Pat Thompson, lived in Mission for 27 years. They moved to Powell River July 2016.
Pat Kyer, Director
Pat Kyer has been working in the community of Powell River since 1989. He has done a variety of jobs throughout this time and has been a very successful and dedicated employee. Currently, Pat is a courier for the Powell River Peak Newspaper, has private contracts with various businesses, and lawn maintenance. Pat is also a valued volunteer and Self-Advocate for inclusion Powell River Society.
Catherine London, Director
Catherine London relocated to Canada from Ireland with her family at a young age, eventually residing in Powell River. Catherine currently works at Canadian Tire where she has worked since 2004. She also is employed by Confidential Paper Shredding since 2006. Catherine is an extremely conscientious employee and is very dedicated, reliable and articulate in her work.
Jordyn McGregor, Director
Chris McNaughton, Director
Chris has a passion for community development and has served on a number of community boards and associations, as well as service a six-year term as City Councillor in Powell River, including three years as a member of the Powell River Regional District board. His community involvement includes President of Powell River Tourism, Recreation Commissioner, Sunshine Coast Regional District, director of the Sechelt and District Chamber of Commerce, founding member of the Sechelt Economic Development Partnership, Chair of the Sechelt Marine Access Committee, Chair of the Sunshine Coast Tourism Partnership, Cottage Owners Association and appointed member of the Ferry Advisory Committee. Prior to moving to the coast Chris served as Ministerial Assistant to the Minister of Labour and Consumer Services and to the Provincial Secretary and Minister of Government Services. He also held the position of Provincial Coordinator for Regional Development, a BC Government program first delivered through the Premier’s Office and then through the Ministry of Regional Development.
Arlette recently retired as Regional Principal, Vancouver Island University, after a 21 year career in post secondary education, and 12 years with Canada Employment and Immigration where she began her career as an Employment Counsellor and Labour Market Information Analyst. Arlette has a M.A. degree in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University and her undergrad degree from University of Victoria focused on Sociology. Her interest in leadership and organizational development resulted in the active pursuit of sound community economic development practices, linking the needs of education, business, industry and community. She served as a provincially appointed representative on the board of the North Island Coastal Economic Trust, as Chair of Powell River Regional Development Society, Vice-Chair for Powell River Community Futures Development Corporation, director for Powell River Model Community for Persons with Disabilities, and as recently appointed Chair of inclusion Powell River board of directors.
Kirsty Reid, Director
Kirsty Reid grew up in Powell River, and after obtaining her post-secondary education returned to Powell River to join the First Credit Union in 2002. In her current role as VP of Wealth Management and Business Development, she believes in being passionate about what you do and leading by example. She is also a past member of the Canadian Credit Union System National Young Leaders Committee and holds a Graduate Certificate in Strategic Human Resources Management from Royal Roads University and the Certified Financial Planners Designation from the Financial Planners Standards Council. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters and being part of this amazing community that we call home.
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