Columbia Valley Community Foundation

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

The CVCF Board meets monthly to guide the strategic direction of the Foundation including developing growth opportunities, setting policy, management of assets & resources, and much more. If you are interested in learning more, please reach out to our Executive Director, Thiloma Hofer at or 250-342-2845.

Meet our Board of Directors

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.

Wendy Booth, Chair & Director

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 and Community Futures East Kootenay. In addition she is a consultant that works with many non profits and communities helping them to achieve their goals. 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.

Lang Ellison, Vice-Chair & 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.

Board Web Photo- Jenny Manhas

Jenny Manhas, Finance Committee Chair, Treasurer and Director

Windermere, BC
Director since 2021

Jenny and her husband moved from the Elk Valley to Windermere in 1994, where they continue to reside.

With a degree in BSc in Biology from UBC, Jenny worked with Community Corrections in the Elk Valley, Cranbrook, Golden and the Columbia Valley for 18 years. After which, she began her journey to becoming a Certified General Accountant.  She received my CGA, CPA designation in 2018.   For the past six years, Jenny has been the Director of Finance for Family Dynamix Association.

Over the years Jenny have served on various board positions with the Windermere Elementary School PAC and Kootenay Baton Konnection.

She enjoy getting out hiking and taking in the fresh air and the amazing views the Valley has to offer.

Jenny is looking forward to being involved with a Foundation which supports and enhances the well being of the community.

Barbara Kloos, Secretary & Director

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.

Lawrie Mack, Director

Invermere, BC
Director since 2021

Lawrie has been a full-time resident of the Valley since 2007, after retiring from 30+ years as a teacher and administrator in Calgary.  At one of the first Old Silvertips hockey games he played, he heard about the Food Bank from one of the other players and decided to volunteer.  In 2014 he became an acting member of the Board, and was elected to the Board and the role of Vice-Chair in 2015.  Lawrie became Chair in 2016, a role he served in for four years.  He was honored to have been at the helm while the CVFB constructed and moved into the Albert Cooper Building.

He is looking forward to his new role as a Board member for the Community Foundation to support project and people in the Valley thanks to the generosity of this community.

Sheena Swierenga, Director

Calgary, AB
Director since 2020

You can usually find Sheena somewhere in the valley with her tiny human, Bernermutt dog, and her life partner fueled by a tremendous amount of caffeine. Sheena believes in the power creativity and resiliency in building strong communities. With a background in education, Sheena has worked in the non-profit and public sector for over a decade in various capacities including community development, people engagement, organization learning and recreation. She thrives when building relationships that nurture and empower people. Sheena currently works from anywhere for a digital platform focused on social justice and volunteerism.

Kelsey Eade, Director

Radium Hot Springs, BC
Director since 2021

Kelsey moved to the Columbia Valley when she was in grade 1. After graduating from David Thompson Secondary School in 2007, she moved to Victoria to complete her undergrad in Canadian History. She completed her Masters of Museum Education while living abroad in the UK, with her now husband. After returning to Canada and living a few years in Banff, she and her husband decided to settle in the Columbia Valley. Together they are raising their baby daughter.

Kelsey works for Parks Canada. In her free time she enjoys getting outside in the fresh mountain air – her favourite hobbies include hiking, x-country skiing and skating.

Kelsey believes, it’s a great feeling when you can travel around the world only to discover where you grew up is a great place to call home!

Laura Cuthbertson

Laura Cuthbertston, Director

Windermere, BC
Director since 2022

Laura holds and Master of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership and brings organizational leadership and management experience in both the public and private sectors. Laura feels privileged for the opportunity to contribute to the CVHS through her knowledge of human resource management, adult education, strategic planning, change management, process design and organizational effectiveness.

Laura, originally from Calgary, feels fortunate to have been able share in the splendour of this amazing valley since 1983 when her family established a vacation home here.  Laura made Windermere her permanent home in 2018. Laura is passionate about advocating for and making a meaningful contributing to realizing the vision and goals of the CVCF.  Laura enjoys spending time with her family, being on the water, golfing, kayaking, bridge, skiing, hiking, walking with friends and sharing a good laugh.

Board Web Photo- Quentin Randall (400 × 400 px)

Quentin Randall, Director

Windermere, BC
Director since 2022

Quentin is a Certified International Trade Professional and experienced fundraiser, having established profitable fundraising events for arts and heritage causes.

Raised in the prairies, he always dreamed of living in the mountains, and finally made the move to Windermere with his wife Keri and golden retriever Charlie in 2021.

While he works remotely from the Columbia Valley, he believes in the importance of being an active community member. As such, he is a proud CVCF board member, and enjoys volunteering for community events including at Windermere Elementary School, Invermere Farmers Market, and Garlic Festival.

Sue Kristiansen, Director

Invermere, BC
Director since 2022

Sue and her husband bought their first home in Invermere back in 2008. After several years of commuting from Calgary every weekend, they decided to make the move to full time residents in 2015.

Sue loves to golf in summer, and enjoys the many winter sports activities the Valley has to offer. She and her husband Gary, have raised two sons and is proud of their success in their chosen careers. She now fills her maternal needs with her mini-schnauzer.

She has enjoyed a successful career in business management and management consulting, specializing in finance and customer care with clients in the Utilities sector, across North America.

As a business consultant specializing in solutions architecture, Sue was responsible for implementing several large consulting engagements for clients including BC Hydro and Washington Gas. As a result of this experience, Sue has extensive personnel and financial management experience.

Having served on several boards focussing on Community and Strata management she is ready to offer her skills and expertise in the efforts of CVCF to enhance our vibrant community.

Andra Louie, Director

Kimberley, BC
Director since 2023

Andra’s childhood and formative years are deeply rooted in the Valley as she grew up in Wilmer and Invermere. She moved away in 2002 to pursue post-secondary studies and then started her career in nonprofit Communications work in Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver before deciding to move back to the East Kootenays in 2014. Now residing in Kimberley with her family, Andra works full time for the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (CBAL) as the Regional Program Manager and has the ideal job of working and supporting staff up and down the valley from Golden to Creston.  Andra is passionate about community building, the arts and travel, and she is interested in creating and sustaining spaces where community members can meet, share and synergize. Andra has an undergrad in Public Relations/Communications from Mount Royal University, and a Master of Arts degree in Community Development from UVIC.