Columbia Valley Community Foundation

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

We are looking for new Board Members!

As we approach our May AGM, we are looking for passionate community members to join us in enriching lives in the Columbia Valley. 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, Caitlin Hall-Sharp at info@valleyfoundation.ca 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.

Kyla Lam, Interim 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.

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.

Lang Ellison, Interim Treasurer

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.

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

Invermere, BC
Director since 2020


Born and educated in Ontario, Anne received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Waterloo and her Chartered Public Accountant (CPA, CMA) designation. In 2018, Anne obtained the Chartered Director (C. Dir.) designation from McMaster University.

In her current role as Business Consultant for Interior Health, Anne supports the East Kootenay Clinical Operations portfolio and provides expertise, direction, and accountability within the financial framework. Anne was a member of the Board of Directors for the CPABC East Kootenay Chapter and Chair of the Communications Committee. She served as Treasurer for the Panorama Foundation and the Columbia Valley Greenways Alliance.

Anne and her family moved from London, Ontario to Invermere in 2000 and have been enjoying the mountains, lakes, wetlands, and natural setting for the past 20 years. She is excited to serve on a Foundation which supports such a vibrant, caring community in the beautiful Columbia Valley.

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 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.

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.

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.