Meet the current 2018-2019 inclusion Powell River Society Board of Directors.
Bruce Anderson, President
Bruce 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 board of director. For the past two years he has been its chairperson.
Joyce Carlson, Secretary
Joyce was born and raised in Powell River. Her father was born here and her grandfather came here in 1916. Her younger brother who has Down’s Syndrome, was the youngest person attending a facility in Cranberry in the 1950s, which evolved into inclusion Powell River.
Joyce was in the newspaper business since 1970 and started The Powell River Peak in 1995. Joyce served on BC and Canadian newspaper association boards, including terms as president of both. She also is secretary-treasurer for Model Community Project’
Paul Clements, Treasurer
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.
Frieda Hamoline, Director
Frieda retired as Branch Manager of the Scotiabank Powell River Branch, a 37 year career with the Bank. During her career she obtained her Personal Financial Planning and Small Business Accreditation. She 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 family.
Michael Keating, 1st Vice President
Mike was involved in Community Living for 35 years being frontline staff, supervisor, service & special needs housing developer, and a program manager. Mike worked in day care, residential, education and leisure recreation services. In the late 80s he worked for the Mission Association for Community Living. During that time, he assisted 13 individuals leave Woodlands and Glendale institutions and move to Mission. He was the Coordinator for the Provincial Brain Injury Program for 10 years and served as Community Ventures Society Executive Director for 12. Mike has served on numerous Boards. Currently he serves on the inclusion BC Foundation Board and was the Executive Director Network representative on the Board of Inclusion BC. He served on the Family Support Institute Board for 5 years. Mike and his wife, Pat Thompson, lived in Mission for 27 years and moved to Powell River in July, 2016.
Pat Kyer, Director
Pat has been working in Powell River since 1989. He has done a variety of jobs throughout this time being 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 Advocate In Motion for inclusion Powell River Society.
Catherine London, Director
Catherine relocated to Canada from Ireland with her family at a young age, eventually residing in Powell River. She currently works at Canadian Tire where she has worked since 2004 and is employed by Confidential Paper Shredding since 2006. Catherine is an extremely conscientious employee and is dedicated, reliable and articulate in her work.
Chris McNaughton, Director
Chris has a passion for community development and has served on numerous community boards and associations and was a six-year term as City Councillor in Powell River, with 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 & 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 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 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 family and being part of this amazing community that we call home.
Ben Drosdovech, Director
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Jordyn McGregor, Director
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Susanna East, Director (Picture and Bio to come)
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