Columbia Valley Community Foundation

The Columbia Valley Community Foundation is lovingly guided by a dedicated, volunteer Board of Directors.

Meet our Board of Directors

If you have an interest in joining our Board of Directors, or volunteering to serve on one of our committees, we would love to hear from you!


Your contribution to supporting enduring gifts from our donors, keeping in touch with pressing issues of our Columbia Valley communities and strengthening our partnerships in our beautiful Columbia Valley all will contribute to this special place we call home.

Dean Midyette, Chair

Canal Flats, BC
Director Since 2015

Dean was born and raised in Calgary and moved to the valley with his family 17 years ago.  Dean holds two post secondary degrees from the University of Calgary.  He has served as a councillor for the Village of Canal Flats and was the publisher of the Invermere Valley Echo and the Columbia Valley Pioneer.

Barbara Kloos, Acting Vice-Chair

Invermere, BC
Director since 2012

Barb has lived in Invermere since 1980. She is a dedicated individual who wants to give back to the community which has supported her during her years of working and raising her two children. Barb loves to ski, hike, play hockey, and take advantage of all of the wonderful outdoor activities our community has to offer. A singer in the valley choir and an active volunteer with the Windermere Valley Ski Club, Barb is heavily inspired by the Valley Foundation’s efforts in making our Valley a positive place to live and is enthusiastic to help create legacies, ones from which future generations can benefit.

Kyla Lam, Treasurer

Invermere, BC
Director since 2019

Kyla grew up in rural northern British Columbia, completing double degrees in environmental science and business from the University of Alberta.  She completed the Chartered Accountant designation in 2009.


Kyla currently works in public practice and instructs part time at College of the Rockies.  Her work experience includes roles in both public practice and industry and over the last 20 years has volunteered for various organizations, often in a leadership role.


Kyla and her husband settled in the Columbia Valley in 2012 and welcomed their son in 2015.  They can often be found around the valley or in the mountains skiing, snowshoeing, camping, biking and all the others things that make the Valley a wonderful place to call home. Kyla has been passionate about community involvement and social responsibility since high school and excited for the opportunity to be a part of the Foundation.

Brandon Csokonay, Secretary

Spur Valley, BC
Director since 2016

Brandon graduated from David Thompson Secondary School in 2003 and then completed a degree in Business and Entrepreneurship from Mount Royal University in 2007.  He enjoys writing, travel, skiing and golf in addition to the multitude of backcountry activities that drew him back to the Columbia Valley.

Community Foundation - Board Member - Katherine Harmsworth

Katherine Harmsworth, Director

Calgary, AB
Director since 2015

Katherine has over 15 years experience working as a Philanthropic Advisor serving private family foundations, corporate philanthropy and large and small community foundations in both the U.S. and Canada.

She is excited to combine her professional expertise with her personal love of the Columbia Valley.  She spends as much time as possible returning to the Valley to indulge her children to the wonders of growing up here, just as she did in her youth.

Community Foundation board - Gayle Harris

J. Gayle Harris, Director

Invermere, BC
Director since 2018

Gayle has lived in the Columbia Valley on and off since 2003. Her first career was a highschool teacher in Toronto. Moving west in 1989, she entered the financial services industry and retired in 2014 as a financial planner providing fee only tax, estate and financial planning and investment management services to private high net worth clients. She enjoys golf, tennis, hiking, cycling and kayaking in the Columbia Valley during summers. Winters are spent with her husband in Indio California enjoying many of the same activities.

Paul Kendall, Director

Invermere, BC
Director since 2014

Paul has worked and lived in the Columbia Valley since he and his family moved to Invermere in 2001.  Other community service included five years as a Rotarian and two years as a board member on the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce.  Paul is the Regional Manager of Commercial Services for Kootenay Savings Credit Union.

Community Foundation - Board Member - Shawn Raven

Shawn Raven, Director

Invermere, BC
Director since 2019

Shawn Raven was raised in the Columbia Valley and studied to specialize in early childhood development. With this skill and expertise, she has worked with at risk youth in the Columbia Valley for over 25 years. Shawn’s expertise in the complexity of serving at risk youth results in an understanding of how government, private philanthropy and public services can work together, and where gaps exist in serving this vulnerable populations.


Shawn looks forward to giving back to the Valley she loves through her board work at the community foundation whilst continuing to achieve great impact with all youth. In her down time Shawn loves being outdoors whether it is camping, kayaking or taking her dog Tucker for a walk. She and her husband Brent have raised two daughters in the Valley who are now pursuing post-secondary education and plan on returning to the valley when finished.

Community Foundation - Board Member - Nancy Wilfey

Nancy Wilfley, Director and Chair, Grants Committee

Windermere, BC
Director since 2019

Nancy Wilfley’s roots run deep in the East Kootenays. Her family is from Kimberley BC.  Fourth generation, Nancy was born in Kimberley. She  was raised in Calgary Alberta, and spent her childhood traveling back and forth to the Kootenays for summer vacations and holidays Moving to Invermere in 1989, Nancy raised her son here. Nancy loves golfing, fishing, kayaking, hiking and all the outdoor activities the valley has to offer.  She looks forward to volunteering in her retirement.