Board of Directors
Hugh’s school days were spent in Toronto after which he obtained a degree in agriculture from McGill University in Montreal. His first employment was with Pfizer’s Agricultural Division in the northern parts of BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan. Four years later brought him to Cariboo College (now TRU) where he developed an agriculture diploma program which he taught for four years. At the same time, he purchased land in the Monte Creek area and began to develop a cattle ranch. Full time ranching occupied his life for the next 24 years. During this time he also volunteered as a Board member for industry organizations serving two years as President of a livestock marketing firm with sales of one hundred ninety million dollars. In 2000 Hugh returned to the workforce as General Manager of a not-for-profit livestock industry owned company with a staff of up to 40. The company administers the Livestock Identification Act and Regulations on behalf of the Province. During retirement, some of his time is devoted to helping the BC Interior Community Foundation grow.
Lisa is a Manager with the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation and has been with the Provincial Government 30 years. She moved to Kamloops in 1999 with her family. Lisa became involved in the BC Interior Community Foundation when establishing a memorial fund in memory of her son Brandon Hein, in 2012. Her commitment to the Foundation also includes participation Co-Chair of the Fund Development Committee. Lisa believes strongly in giving back to the community and has started a second fund in memory of her son Brandon to support seniors and youth.
Curtis L. Wilkinson
Curtis Wilkinson is a Chartered Professional Accountant, currently with Tombe Herrington. Curtis holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan and achieved his Chartered Accountant designation in 2001. He has years of experience assisting not-for-profit organizations through various Board positions and is currently serving as the Treasurer for BC Interior Community Foundation and Chair of the Investment Committee. Curtis, who has lived in Kamloops for 13 years, is happily married to his wife Brandy and has two children. Curtis believes it is fundamentally important to give back to the local community and support local initiatives whenever possible.
Cara has lived in Kamloops since 1994 and is the Arts Culture and Heritage Coordinator with the City of Kamloops. Over the last 20 years, she has been involved with many non-profit organizations through her position with the city as well as a volunteer. In 2005 she assisted with the development of the Boogie the Bridge Cultural Fund which supports children and youth in our community to participating in the arts. Cara has been on the BCICF board since 2014 and is the Chair of the Granting Committee.
Ross C. Spina retired as Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Schools for SD#73 (Kamloops/Thompson) in 2010. Ross holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, Diploma in Special Education and Teaching Degree from the University of British Columbia and a Masters degree from the University of Victoria. He is a Distinguished Alumni of The University College of the Cariboo (now Thompson Rivers University) and the University of Victoria. Ross currently serves as Vice-President of the Colombo Lodge, Chair of the local and provincial advisory committee for Community Living British Columbia and as a director for Barriere Ridge Resort. He has lived in Kamloops for sixty years and his three children and three grandchildren all reside in Kamloops. He recently created the Marg Spina Community Enhancement Fund to remember his late wife who was well known for her community activism and involvement with local government.
Sheryl Lindquist is employed with School District 73 as the District Principal of Secondary Trades and Transitions. Sheryl has been with the school district for 21 years and among her many roles, she assists District students to select and enrol in apprenticeship training, university programs and trades samplers offered by the district. Sheryl holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Washington, a Bachelor of Education from the University of Lethbridge, and a Masters in Leadership and Administration from Gonzaga.
Sheryl grew up in Kamloops and after completing university moved to the East Kootenays for 12 years before returning to Kamloops with her family. She and husband Ed have a son who lives with his wife in Kamloops and a daughter & son-in-law in the Kootenays. Sheryl is excited to contribute to the BC Interior Community Foundation and serves on the Fund Development Committee.
Kathy Humphreys has been the General Manager (now Executive Director) for the Kamloops Symphony Society for more than 26 years. She has been instrumental in the organization’s dramatic growth and development from a small community orchestra to its current position as one of the most successful professional orchestras in BC. As part of the Creating Tomorrow Committee, she helped raise more than $600,000 in arts endowment funds. A strong believer in the value of investing for the future, she has continued to encourage and promote further development of the endowment funds of her own Society and those of other organizations. Kathy has served on the Board of Directors of the BC Interior Community Foundation since 2007. She is a lifelong resident of British Columbia and has lived in Kamloops since 1973, raising three children here with her partner Ross.
Christopher J. LeClair graduated in 2004 from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Sciences degree concentrating on Geological Sciences. Since graduation he has been a practicing Geoscientist for the last 11 years, working all over Canada and Alaska. Currently, Chris is also a director on the Kamloops Exploration Group (KEG) Board of Directors. He has lived in Kamloops for most of the last forty years, always returning back to where his heart is, Kamloops, when work has pulled him away. Chris is married to Christine and they have one beautiful child. Chris is also an active martial artist with black belts in Shito Ryu Karate, Fu Kyu Ryu Kodubo and Iaido (Japanese swordsmanship).
Greg Peace has been a Mortgage Consultant for 14 years. He is a partner with a local firm, Mortgage Alliance. Greg currently volunteers with Kamloops West Rotary as well as Civilian Air Search and Rescue Association(CASARA). The father of two amazing children, a 14-year-old daughter and an 11-year-old son, Greg enjoys the outdoors – camping, hunting and dirt biking as well as watching his children play sports. Greg is currently Chair of the Donor Services Committee.
Barbara is a certified life coach and publisher/editor of Women Shining Magazine, also the founder of Chase Women in Business Networking Group. She recently stepped down from her positions as both Chair of Chase Festival Society and as a Director of Chase Chamber of Commerce. Barbara obtained her Bachelor Degree in Tourism Management(BTM) at TRU and was trained as holistic health practitioner. Barbara was honoured as 2006 Chase Citizen of the Year and again in 2010 as a BC Provincial Community Achievement Award recipient. Barbara has lived in Chase for 35 years and is married to Bernie Parent. Barbara has one son who practises medicine in Kingston Ontario. Barbara believes in and has demonstrated a strong commitment to volunteering to build and maintain her community.
Darlene was born in Kamloops and raised her family here. She has an extensive background in accounting and several decades of successful small business entrepreneurship. She retired in 2016.
Rob grew up in the Nicola Valley and has been a part of the business community from a very young age. He has been in Kamloops for over 15 years working as a commercial insurance broker. As the Managing Partner of Kamloops’ newest insurance brokerage, Wilson M Beck Insurance Services (Kamloops) Inc, he is very proud to be an active part of our community and honoured to be a member of the BCICF board of Directors. Rob currently co-chairs the Fund Development Committee.
Lori Pilon holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration, with major course work in Native Studies, as well as a Certificate of Language Proficiency in the Secwepemc language. She has extensive experience in senior management positions, with an emphasis on finance, administration and project management. Throughout her career, she has held CEO positions in both First Nations and local government organizations and is currently employed as Constituency Assistant to Fraser Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart. Lori is of Metis descent and lives on the Skeetchestn reserve with her partner Eddy Jules. She is a strong supporter of rural and First Nations communities and brings that perspective to the Board. Lori is currently Chair of the Marketing and Fundraising Committee.