Columbia Valley Community Foundation

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

Meet our 2018-2019 Board of Directors below.

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.

Barbara Kloos, 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.

Community Foundation - Roberta Hall

Roberta Hall, Chair

Edgewater, BC
Director since 2008

Roberta has been an advocate for interconnected and vibrant communities. She has served on various  boards and appreciates the diversity in the Columbia Valley.

Having volunteered all of her adult life, Roberta believes that volunteerism is the root of strong communities. The Columbia Valley Community Foundation aligns with Roberta’s thinking, connecting communities and enhancing the lives of the people that live in the Columbia Valley. She is proud to be a part of the Foundation’s growth and success over the past 10 years.

Cameron Dow, Treasurer

Invermere, BC
Director since 2015

Cam has been a resident of the Columbia Valley since 1983 where he and his wife, Judy, raised their three children.  Cam has a professional accounting designation and recently retired from his position as Secretary Treasurer of the Rocky Mountain School District after more than 28 years of service.  Hockey, golf and curling are activities that Cam plans to pursue in his retirement.

Dean Midyette, Secretary

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 is currently the publisher of the Invermere Valley Echo and the Columbia Valley Pioneer.

Kayja Becker, Director
Invermere, BC
Director since 2016

Kayja was born and raised in the Columbia Valley, and moved back in 2014 after completing college in Kelowna. Her family has a long history in the area which has provided her with an appreciation of the Columbia Valley’s history as well as an excitement for the future. She has always had a passion for helping her community, and is thrilled to be a part of the Columbia Valley Community Foundation. She enjoys all that this Valley has to offer, and can often be found at community celebrations.

Brandon Csokonay, Director

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.

Katherine Harmsworth, Director and Chair, Grants Committee

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 - Barbara Morris

Barbara Morris, Director
Edgewater, BC
Director since 2015

Barb grew up in Yellowknife, NT but came south to obtain her B. Ed degree and settled in Edgewater in 1982.  She enjoyed a 32 year career in the Valley as a teacher, principal and assistant superintendent, retiring in 2010.  When Barb isn’t playing with her five grandchildren, she enjoys outdoor adventures, travelling, gardening and attacking the golf course.