Community Futures organizations are independent non-profit societies, locally-run, and guided by volunteer boards.
They actively support community-based economic development with a range of products and services aimed at creating diverse, sustainable rural communities.
CFSN considers its volunteers one of the organization’s most important resource. Together with skilled staff, board and committee members guide the organization to its locally-created and community-driven goals.
The Board of Directors
The Board defines and delegates rather than reacting and ratifying. The Board must work continually to define the direction and end results that the organization is to achieve, and to develop policy that defines the acceptable boundaries within which it can delegate the achievements of those results. A total of 12 board members can be nominated, and ideally will represent the region’s resident population, its priority economic sectors, and include representation from the large, diverse geographic region.
|Present Board Directors|
|Name||Years Served||Home Community|
|Charles Hutchinson, Chair||2013||Vanderhoof|
|Jon Rempel, Vice Chair||2018||Fort Fraser|
|Dave Birdi, Director||2015||Fort St. James|
|Eric Scheffers, Treasurer||2018||Vanderhoof|
|Mike Martens, Secretary||2018||Vanderhoof|
|Business Loans Committee Members|
|Name||Years Served||Home Community|
|Eric Scheffers, Chair||2018||Vanderhoof|
The Board of Directors Biographies:
Charles Hutchinson, Chair
Charles joined CFSN as a director in 2013.
Charles is a relatively new arrival to the region, moving to Vanderhoof in May 2012 to practice law. Charles has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Simon Fraser University and a law degree from the University of British Columbia. Charles is married with three children and has previously volunteered with Scouts Canada as well as coaching soccer and volleyball. Charles enjoys the outdoors.
Jon Rempel, Vice Chair
Jon joined CFSN as a director in 2018.
Jon is a longtime resident of rural Fort Fraser, where he lives with his wife Dawn and their little man Aiden. He grew up on a remote cattle ranch near Anahim Lake on the Blackwater River. Dawn and Jon currently operate a small logging business where they practice select- and partial-cut single-grip harvesting where their primary goals are removing dead wood from the mountain pine beetle and reducing the fire risk to our communities while protecting the integrity of the forest. Jon has a background in logging, road construction and maintenance, mineral exploration and mine contracting.
His hobbies include camping, hunting, fishing, rock hounding and politics. He has studied and taken courses in geology, chemistry, meteorology, advanced equipment operation, social media and political science. He supports the working class, small businessfolk and entrepreneurs.
Dave Birdi, Director
Dave joined CFSN as a director in 2015.
Dave is passionate for the social and economic growth of our community and region. He works in the financial sector managing loans and investments and is active in the community in his third term as Municipal Councillor, serving as President of Fort St. James TV and Radio Society, President of Stuart Lake Seniors Association, and long time organizer of youth soccer.
A resident of the community since the 1970’s, Dave and his wife Harjit have raised their three children in Fort St. James and they enjoy walks at Stuart Lake.
Eric Scheffers, Treasurer
Eric joined CFSN as a director in 2018.
Eric Scheffers is a retired project manager with a proven record of safe, on-time, on-plan performance in project management. He has had more than 25 years in the forest products and metal building industries. Project and construction management has been his career focus before retirement. His experience has allowed him to become a strong people oriented manager in the project and construction environment.