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 (2)

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.

Katherine Harmsworth, Vice-Chair & Grants Committee Chair

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.

Kyla Lam, Treasurer & Policy and Governance Committee Chair

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 owns an accounting practice in Invermere and her work experience includes roles in both public practice and industry.  Over the last 20 years, she 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 other 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 embraces the opportunity to be a part of the Foundation.

Barbara Kloos, Secretary

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.

Anne Glassford, Director & Finance Committee Chair

Calgary, AB
Director since 2015


Bio Coming soon!

Wendy Booth, Director & Outreach Committee Chair

Fairmont Hot Springs, BC
Director since 2020


A former elected official with the Regional District of East Kootenay for a decade, serving as Vice Chair for 6 years, she has extensive experience in board governance and strategic planning.   Having been a Director and Vice Chair of Columbia Basin Trust for many years, she has a keen passion for community development and working with communities throughout the region.  She served as an Executive Member of the Union of British Columbia Municipalities for several years, most recently as President concluding in Sept 2018.  Recently she was appointed as a Director of the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program for the Columbia Region. As a former owner of a white water rafting company combined with a business degree, she has a strong entrepreneurial spirit and enjoys spending her free time outside in the Kootenays whether it be skiing, golfing or on the water.  Wendy Booth has lived in the Columbia Valley for 25 years, calling Fairmont Hot Springs home with her husband and two black Labrador retrievers.

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.

Lang Ellison, Director

Invermere, BC
Director since 2020


I moved permanently to Invermere in the fall of 2018 after retiring from the financial services industry after 37 years. Over that period I served on a number of boards including the United Way in the central Okanagan and a number of chambers of commerce throughout my travels within Alberta and B.C.  I was also a professional agrologist specializing agricultural finance and management.

I spent many summer holidays in the valley camping, hiking and golfing.  It was a pleasure to come here and recreate.  This valley has always been a second home to me.  I look forward to serving the people of the valley on this board and creating a vibrant successful community.

Sheena Swierenga, Director

Calgary, AB
Director since 2020


Bio Coming Soon!

Lori Littlejohns, Director

Invermere, BC
Director since 2020


Bio Coming Soon!