Karen Cathcart, Director Area A, Columbia Shuswap Regional District
Claudette Everitt, Provincial Appointee, Coldstream
Doug Findlater, Mayor, District of West Kelowna 
Beth Garrish, Provincial Appointee, Oliver
Ronald Hovanes, Mayor, Town of Oliver
Greg McCune, Mayor, City of Enderby
Grace McGregor, Director Area C, RD Kootenay Boundary, SIDIT Chair 
Peter Moore, Provincial Appointee, Vernon
Loni Parker, Director Area B, Columbia Shuswap Regional District
Al Raine, Mayor, Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality 
Aimee Watson, Director Area D, Regional District Central Kootenay
David Wilks, Provincial Appointee, Sparwood
John C. Zimmer, Provincial Appointee, Cranbrook



Karen Cathcart, Director Area A, Columbia Shuswap Regional District

Karen Cathcart, MBA, has spent 25 years in the post-secondary education field as a teacher and an administrator. She is the campus administrator for College of the Rockies, located in Golden, British Columbia. Karen has had the opportunity to travel much of the world experiencing many diverse cultures. She is a lifelong learner and spends a lot of her time creating innovative programming to meet the needs of her rural BC community. Karen is an active member of the Golden Rotary Club.

She is the first woman to be elected as the Area A Director of the Columbia Shuswap Regional District. She brings many years of local community experience and believes education is the key to success in local government. In her role as the Area A Director, she sits on various Boards and committees.


Claudette Everitt, Provincial Appointee, Coldstream

Claudette is the President of Everitt Consultants Inc., a training, performance and motivation consulting company. She holds a certificate in Organizational Management from the University of Western Ontario. She has been an instructor at Okanagan University College, a trainer for Business Development Bank of Canada, an International Trainer in Russia and Indonesia, a Seminar Leader for BC Ministry of Small Business, Tourism and Culture and a Conference Speaker. Claudette was nominated for both the Canadian Women's Entrepreneurship Award and the national Therese Casgrain Volunteer Award. She was voted "Woman of the Year" by Women in Business (Vernon) and has received awards for leadership and community volunteerism from Community Futures.

Her previous career experiences include:

  • Executive Director – Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce
  • Employer Relations – Canada Employment Centre
  • Business Manager – Venture Training Centre and Howard House
  • Division Manager – Grande Prairie Regional College

Her volunteer and leadership experiences include:

  • Chairperson - Leadership and Management Council of BC
  • BC Chamber of Commerce
  • Women Business Owners of Canada
  • BC Tourism Director
  • Chairperson - Community Futures Development Corp – North Okanagan
  • Community Futures Association / Pan Western
  • Campaign Chairperson – North Okanagan Neurological Association, Child Development Centre
  • President – Travel Info Center Council of BC
  • North Okanagan Economic Development Alliance
  • Social Planning Council
  • Vernon Women's Transition House
  • Downtown Business Association
  • President and Director of Vernon Chamber of Commerce

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Mayor Doug Findlater, District of West Kelowna

Doug Findlater was elected to serve as Mayor for the new District of West Kelowna on November 2008 and was re-elected to another 3 year term in November 2011. He also served as a Councillor on the first Council when the District was officially incorporated on December 6, 2007. He is also a Director representing the District of West Kelowna on the Board of the Regional District of the Central Okanagan, and a Director to the Okanagan Basin Water Board. He was recently appointed to the UBCO External Community Advisory Council.

Doug chaired the Westside Governance Committee for four years leading up to the governance referendum held in June, 2007. At the time of his election, he was also serving as an alternate director on the Board of the Regional District of the Central Okanagan. He is a past member of the Westside Advisory Planning Commission.

Doug studied at and completed degree programs and a post grad diploma in public sector management at Notre Dame University of Nelson and the University of Victoria.

He retired following as 33-year career with the federal government, in which his last position was District Manager for the Department of Canadian Heritage. He is currently serving as Director on the Board of Interior Savings Credit Union, and a member of UBCO's Deputy Vice Chancellor's Human Rights and Equity Committee.

In 2002, Doug was awarded the Queen's Jubilee Medal for Volunteerism and was a Westbank Chamber of Commerce Semi-Finalist for Business Person of the Year 2005.

Married with two sons, and three young grandchildren, he has been a Westside resident for 37 years and lives in Glenrosa.

Doug was elected on a platform of working to establish the foundations for a successful and balanced community through fiscal responsibility, public consultation, sustainable development and management expertise and implementation of many recently completed Master Plans.

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Beth Garrish, Provincial Appointee, Oliver

Beth has lived in the South Okanagan most of her life having moved to Penticton when she was three years old, and Oliver when she was twelve. She has lived and worked in the Oliver Osoyoos area ever since, and is proud to call this her home.

Beth married her childhood sweetheart, Mike, a born and raised Oliverite. They have two grown daughters and two small granddaughters. Family is a priority for Beth and she is very thankful that all her family has been able to remain close by. Beth also enjoys travel, golf and the benefits of living in the heart of wine country.

Beth and her husband have always had an entrepreneurial spirit. She and Mike started their Refrigeration and Air Conditioning business in 1980, and Beth began her career in Real Estate in 1988. She quickly obtained her Broker’s license and owned and managed her office for six of those years. Although still a licensed and active Real Estate Agent, Beth took a five year sabbatical to travel and further her education finally becoming a Certified Professional Life Coach in 2007. With further training in Organizational and Systems coaching, Beth began facilitating and coaching with organizations helping with strategic planning and visioning as well as team development.

Always involved in serving in her community, Beth has served in many capacities including leadership of Oliver Parks and Recreation Commission, the Oliver Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club of Oliver, South Okanagan Secondary School Enrichment Fund Society and currently the Oliver Tourism Association. Beth was also the Co-Chair of the Oliver Communities in Bloom program for two years. Her involvement in Professional organizations includes Director and President of the South Okanagan Real Estate Board, Director of the BC Real Estate Association, and Secretary of the Okanagan Professional Coaches Association.

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Ronald Hovanes, Mayor, Town of Oliver

Ron Hovanes has been on the Oliver Council since 1999. He is currently enjoying his third term as Mayor and is also the Town’s appointed Director to the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen.

Ron is also a thirty five year member of the Royal Canadian Legion having served as President. He is also a proud member of the Oliver Kiwanis Club. Ron also was a provincially appointed director and Chairman to the Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust.

Outside of council duties, Ron has an agency that provides Life Skill support to individual adults and children with developmental disabilities. His agency employs 28 people. Ron has also pursued studies in, and has a background in Conflict Resolution and Mediation.

Ron believes that he is blessed with having had the opportunity to work and raise a family in his hometown, a small Okanagan rural farming community. This is an opportunity that he would wish upon anyone. Together Ron and his wife Tara have raised four children and enjoy the company of friends and family including six grandchildren.

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Greg McCune, Mayor, City of Enderby

Greg McCune is currently the Mayor of the beautiful City of Enderby, B.C. He has previously served four terms as a Councillor starting in 1996 and is the City representative on the Regional District of the North Okanagan.

Greg moved with his family to this great North Okanagan community in 1975 and has operated Sutherland’s Bakery for the past 40 years. He has three awesome children that keep him in the driver’s seat as they travel from event to event as they are very active with sports and music. Ron has had the pleasure of working with many great groups and looks forward to helping his communities grow and prosper.

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Grace McGregor, Director, Area C, Regional District Kootenay Boundary

Regional District Director Grace McGregor is in her second term as the elected official for Christina Lake. Grace is past president of the Association of Kootenay Boundary Local Government and vice chair of the Southern Interior Beatle Action Coalition. She entered politics many years ago as a member and chair of the Christina Lake Advisory Planning Commission and member and chair of the Board of Variance.

Grace currently sits on the Kettle River Water Committee, Grand Forks Environment Committee, Hospital Board, Regional District Board, Regional District Finance, Rural Services, Boundary Economic Development, Rural BC Project and is newly elected to the Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust Board. Grace is a member of Grand Forks Rotary and volunteers with numerous community groups.

Grace and her husband and two sons operated the Chevron Station and shop at Christina Lake for 30 plus years, and later contracted to Pope and Talbot as Excavation, Erosion Control and Hydro seeding Specialists.

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Peter Moore, Provincial Appointee, Vernon

Peter Moore, CPA, CA, is the President of Peter Moore Ltd, Management and Business Consultants.

Born and raised in Vancouver, Peter received his bachelor degree in business from Brighton University, UK in 1973, returned to Vancouver, and received his C.A. degree in 1976. Moving to Vernon from Vancouver in 1976, he joined Rutherford Bazett, CAs, becoming a partner in 1981. Peter co-founded Sladen Moore CAs in 1986 and retired as senior partner of that firm in 2010. Since then, Peter has advised and mentored private clients and is a budgeting-and- systems consultant for clients of the Business Development Bank of Canada.

Peter is: a former Committee chair of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of B.C., past president of the North Okanagan CA Association, Downtown Vernon Association B.I.A, Kalamalka Rotary Club, and Vernon Business Softball league; and former director of the North Okanagan Neurological Association, The Community Foundation of the North Okanagan, the Vernon Yacht Club, and the Okanagan British Car Club. Peter is presently a director of Kalamalka Rotary, board chair of the Vernon Restholm Senior’s Residence, and is an Assistant District Governor of Rotary International District 5060.

Married since 1979 to the artist Elizabeth (E.A.) Moore, Peter and E.A. have two grown children, Kathryn and Thomas, and a grand-dog, “Rain”.

Peter is an avid motorcyclist, bicyclist and kayaker, a new pickleball player, a fumbling beginner-guitarist, and a keen traveller, amateur carpenter, and reader.

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Loni Parker, Director, Area B, Columbia Shuswap Regional District

Loni Parker has held the office of Regional Director for Area B [rural Revelstoke, Trout Lake, Mica Creek] of the Columbia Shuswap Regional District since 1993.

As well as serving on the Board of the CSRD and the North Okanagan Columbia Shuswap Regional District Hospital Board she is a member of numerous committees including:

  • BC Hydro Mica 6 & Revelstoke 6 Consultative Committee
  • Canadian Columbia River Forum
  • Columbia River Treaty Local Governments Committee
  • Columbia Basin Trust Governance Committee
  • Ktunaxa-Kinbasket Treaty Advisory Committee
  • Revelstoke Airport Management Committee
  • Revelstoke Economic Development Commission
  • Revelstoke Parks and Recreation Committee
  • Revelstoke Wildland Fire Protection Committee

Loni is an active volunteer in the community and is currently a board member of the Revelstoke Community Forest Corporation and the Revelstoke Community Housing Society. She founded the first Bear Aware program in BC and is president of the Revelstoke Bear Aware Society. She also served as a member of the board of directors of the Columbia Basin Trust for 8 years.

Loni's varied career brings office, service industry and, as a retired small business owner, entrepreneurial experience to the Board. She is married with one son, Jeff, and currently resides with her husband Larry in rural Revelstoke.

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Mayor Al Raine, Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality

Al Raine has twice been elected Mayor of British Columbia’s newest Municipality, Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality.  Al is a Board member of Tourism Sun Peaks and former Chair of that association. He has spent his life in winter sports and the mountain tourism business.

A former Councillor in the inaugural Council in the Resort Municipality of Whistler, Al was named ‘Freeman’ of the Municipality for his leadership role in the development of Whistler as North America’s leading destination mountain resort.

Al is an inductee in the Canadian Ski Hall of Fame as a Former Program Director of Canada’s National Alpine Ski Team and was awarded the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Canada for making a significant contribution to Canada.

Al resides in Sun Peaks with his wife Nancy.  They have two sons and two grandsons who live in Whistler.

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Aimee Watson, Director Area D, Regional District Central Kootenay

Aimee was elected in November 2014 as the director for Area D, Regional District Central Kootenay. As alternate director for the previous three years, she was able to test the waters of Local Governance and found it intriguing, highly challenging and full of opportunity to expand her primary interests: rural community development.

Her previous work and studies was in the field of food systems, food security and literally- the fields of a variety of farms. As a farmer, she found a strong passion for good, healthy living. Having lived on a farmer’s wage, she was also liberated to move to the small town of Kaslo with no concerns for how tomake ends meet. Within months of working a diversity of jobs, she was hired as the Food Security Coordinator for North Kootenay Lake. This position enabled several ground breaking projects; opening the first accredited Food Hub in Canada, authoring and having successfully adopted the Kaslo Food Charter and publishing “Groundswell: Community Food Security for Rural and Remote Communities”.

Previous studies are in the fields of botany, herbalism, nutrition and food security at Ryerson University. Aimee has extensive experience in the realm of boards and advisory committees having served on over 13 in the past 10 years. From regional farming organizations to national groups working on food policy. Facilitation, process and mediation with concise and clear communication are her primary strengths. Aimee currently lives in Shutty Bench with her super hero five year old.

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David Wilks, Provincial Appointee, Sparwood

David Wilks was elected to the 41st Canadian Parliament in 2011. He was previously the Mayor of Sparwood and the owner of Sparwood Bowl and Billiards. Active in his community, he served as the former Chair of the Regional District of East Kootenay, Chair of the Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust  Mr. Wilks served as a RCMP officer in BC for over 20 years.

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John Christopher Zimmer Q.C., Provincial Appointee, Cranbrook

Mr. Zimmer is presently a partner with the law firm of Miles Daroux Zimmer & Associates in Cranbrook BC.

He graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with degrees in Arts and Law, and was admitted to the Bar of Saskatchewan in 1980, and the Bar of British Columbia in 1993.

He articled in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, and later was appointed as the City Solicitor for the City of Moose Jaw. He held the position of City Solicitor for a period of ten years, reentering private practice in 1993. He and his family moved to Cranbrook BC in 1995, and he has practiced law there ever since.

John has appeared before all levels of courts in both Saskatchewan and British Columbia, as well as the Supreme Court of Canada. He has also appeared before various boards, commissions and other tribunals.

He is currently a member of the Law Society of BC, the Law Society of Saskatchewan, the Canadian Bar Association, and the Kootenay Bar Association. He is an active member of his community having served on various community boards, including the Cranbrook Rotary Club board and the Cranbrook Regional Hospital Board. He currently sits on the East Kootenay Crimestoppers Board in Cranbrook, and the East Kootenay Branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association. He is a former board member of College of Physical Therapists of BC, and continues to sit as a member of its Inquiry Committee. He is also active in his church, and various other community organizations. He was recently appointed a Queen's Counsel by the Province of British Columbia.

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