Application to the Board of Directors of Community Futures Peace Liard
Potential Board Members may be identified/nominated by the existing Board of Directors, or where unsolicited any resident of the Peace Liard may make an application for Board Membership.
To assist potential members, this package includes further details of our work, along with a membership application form at the end of the document. We hope you will consider joining us.
If, after having read through this package, you have further questions or are interested in learning more about our organization, please feel free to contact the General Manager at 250-782-8748. Thank you for your interest.
Our Board and Volunteers
Russ Beerling, former business owner of Moose FM, Energetic City.ca, Big Ideas Marketing Company, and a small billboard company, and current partner in ESR Business Solutions Inc. has benefited his position with Community Futures.
He has been involved with Community Futures for several years now, sitting as a board member, a director, business advisory board and Past Chair. He also sat on the B.C. Community Futures Board of Directors.
Russ’ community involvement has been extensive, as his passions for business and tourism has been his driving force. He sits as the Vice-President of the Fort St. John and District Chamber of Commerce, having held the President’s position in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John. His role as Northern Vice-Chair for United Way has brought Russ even closer to community development.
With each role he has played in each community he has lived in, it has been exciting and a true pleasure to watch their markets grow and know that he has been able to contribute to that growth. Being a business owner has helped Russ to understand the challenges faced with business today. Giving input to the direction Community Futures who helps grow communities, has been important to ensuring that not only do we see growth in the Peace Liard region, but also throughout rural BC.
Ryan is currently the General Manager for Global Spectrum Facility Management at the Encana Events Centre; a 4,500 seat multi-events centre and arena located in Dawson Creek, BC. Previously, Ryan was the Director of Marketing and Assistant General Manager at the Encana Events Centre.
His background is in tourism marketing and visitor services and past positions include managing Travel Alberta’s Visitor Information Centre in collaboration with Parks Canada, Tourism BC, and Travel Alberta in Field, BC as well as the Government of Alberta’s Visitor Information Centre in Canmore, Alberta. In 2001 Ryan arrived in Dawson Creek to accept the position of Tourism Development Coordinator where he created the Destination Management Organization Tourism Dawson Creek and was a seasonal instructor at Northern Lights College in their Business Administration Program. In 2007, he started with Global Spectrum Facility Management. Ryan holds a degree in Resource Based Tourism, and minors in Resource Recreation and First Nation’s Studies. Moreover, he has completed the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) – Venue Management School and Graduate Institute.
Ryan is the Chairperson for Community Futures Development Corporation Peace Liard and is a part of Destination British Columbia’s Marketing Committee. He is recently married and enjoys cooking and traveling. He was born in Hong Kong and has lived and traveled around the world.
Bud was born and raised in Dawson City, Yukon Territory. He was employed by Mobil Oil for 35 years, 25 years of which were spent overseas in senior management positions. He became involved in a Dawson Creek business, Gearjammer Electronics in 1979 with his brother, Gary, and brother-in-law, Al Lambert. Retiring to Dawson Creek in 1996, Bud purchased The Mirror newspaper which I ran for 4 years with his son, Heath, selling it when Heath moved away. Bud also went into politics and was elected to and served on City Councillor for 12 years until retiring in 2011. He joined the Community Futures Board of Directors in 2012 and is Past Chairperson, after serving as Chair for two years. He resides on a small farm in Arras with his wife, Muriel and their horses, dogs and cats.
Lilia has been the Executive Director of the FSJ & District Chamber of Commerce since 2014, where she advocates for businesses at all levels of government, provides networking opportunities and services for business development. She also volunteers her time with the Sunrise Rotary Club of FSJ. As a Community Futures board member, she hopes to promote business opportunities and assist those at all stages of their businesses, to bring issues forth to the CF Board as a voice of business in FSJ, and to create bridges and open dialogue with government, business, and stakeholders.
Teresa retired from the Scotia Bank after 35 years of service. She is an active Rotarian and also lends her expertise to the Board of Directors for Community Futures. Teresa left the board after her nine-year term was over and has recently been appointed again.
Naomi Larsen is currently the Executive Director for the Chetwynd Chamber of Commerce in Chetwynd, BC. She was born and raised in Wabigoon, Ontario (just outside of Dryden). She moved to BC in 1996 where she was employed as a reporter for the Chetwynd Echo. In 1997 she moved to Creston, BC where she worked as a reporter at the Creston Valley Advance. In 1998 she and her husband moved to the Elk Valley where she was employed at the Fernie Free Press as Jr. Editor until they relocated once again to Chetwynd. She took over the Editor’s position at the Chetwynd Echo and then the Publisher’s position in 2010. Following the closure of the Echo in 2015 by its Toronto owners she secured the position as Executive Director for the Chetwynd Chamber of Commerce in fall of 2016. She had been the secretary for the board since 2011.
She holds a diploma in journalism and also owns her own photography business on the side, however she says life experience has taught her much more than anything else could have. As Executive Director, she loves being able to help Chetwynd businesses be the best they can be and to be the community’s voice of business. She and her husband reside on the outskirts of Chetwynd and have two children, ages 10 and 22 and one furkid, Miss Mittens.
John Powell has been the Director of Economic Development and Tourism at the District of Tumbler Ridge since April 2016. Previous to this, he was Economic Development Officer for the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen since December 2010.
John has worked very closely with small business throughout the community of Tumbler Ridge as well as with the community’s metallurgical coal mining, forestry, wind energy and tourism sectors. In addition, John’s role has included the rebranding of the community and Tumbler Ridge UNESCO Global geopark, the development of an on-line commercial and industrial land sale database and launching the planning and development of Tumbler Ridge’s first rural residential lot development as well as other commercial and residential subdivisions. Furthermore, he has developed and implemented a signage and wayfinding strategy for Tumbler Ridge and the Tumbler Ridge UNESCO Global Geopark.
John is also proud to be a director on the Boards of the BC Economic Development Association and Tumbler Ridge’s preschool and daycare, as well as Chair of Tumbler Ridge’s Tourism Advisory Committee. In addition, John has recently co-launched a Teen Support Network that seeks to support teenagers in the community. Current projects include career and university exploratory events and preparing teens for the financial, health and life style challenges of leaving home.
John lives in Tumbler Ridge with his wife, Melinda, two sons Zachary and Ryan and dog, Callie. He can often be found hiking or snow shoeing with his family on local trails, camping and growing food in his backyard. He is also a passionate traveller with a lengthy and ever-growing bucket list.