Grand Forks Staff Profiles

Lori Wakefield
Financial Administrator

Lori commenced employment with Community Futures Boundary in 2009, and brings over 18 years of expertise in the accounting profession.  In her role as Financial Administrator, Lori manages multiple government funded contracts and performs all accounting and payroll functions for the organization.  She has completed three years of the Certified General Accountant Program.

 

(250) 442-2722 ext: 228
Wendy McCulloch
General Manager

Wendy assumed the role of General Manager of Community Futures Boundary in June 2005.   She has worked diligently with the Boundary Community, Board of Directors, Staff, and Stakeholders to foster a collaborative approach to economic development and labour market issues in the Region.   She has spent over 16 years in the Community Futures Program provincially.  Other employment experience includes; Okanagan University College and the Business Development Bank.  Wendy spent many years self employed, owning and operating a variety of business ventures including; a Gulf Service Centre, McDonalds Restaurant, and hardware and development enterprises.   She is very involved in the volunteer movement locally and is currently a member of the Rotary Club of Grand Forks.

(250) 442-2722 ext: 223
Susan Green
Business Analyst/Loans Manager/Micro Loan Coordinator

Since June 2000, Susan has been the Business Analyst and Loans Manager for Community Futures Boundary. This position gave her the opportunity to combine her banking and entrepreneurial skills and provide assistance to Boundary Entrepreneurs with the start-up, expansion and/or maintenance of their businesses. She has owned and operated 5 different businesses. Susan is certified by APEC-IBIZ as a Small Business Counsellor and by Pan West as a Business Analyst. In 2012 she completed a Commercial Lending course through Dalhousie University. Susan has lived in the area for over 20 years and thoroughly enjoys the opportunity to be able to work with Boundary businesses to help find solutions to their business needs.

 

(250) 442-2722 ext: 222
Holly Hume
Case Manager

Holly has enjoyed assisting Boundary area residents meet their employment, training, and self-employment goals for 6 years. She loves being involved with youth through the Boundary Youth Success Program as a past Coordinator and lead Facilitator. Holly completed her Social Work Diploma in Calgary where she worked with various social services agencies with individuals, families and youth at risk. She is passionate about empowering participants through facilitating workshops, and focuses on solutions through Solution Talk training.  Holly has also achieved certification in Essential Skills needed for life and work, facilitating Myers Briggs Type personality assessments and as a Career Development Practitioner.

 

(250) 442-2722 ext. 230
Andrea Zibin
Case Manager

Andrea is a Case Manager and has worked with numerous programs in her 15 years with Community Futures, including the Job Wave Program, Ministry of Income Assistance - Road Ahead Program, Self Employment Programs, Wage Subsidies, Job Creation Partnerships, Opportunities Fund Programs, and Employment Insurance programs, like negotiated training supports. She also facilitates various Employment workshops and the Boundary Interagency Group Meetings.  She has held a Career Facilitator Certificate since 2008 and is a Certified Career Development Practitioner through the Career Management Association of B.C. since 2009.

 

(250) 442-2722 ext: 227
Dylan Zorn
Employment Services Team Leader

Dylan has been working with Community Futures Boundary since 2008. During that period, Dylan has worked as a Youth Coordinator, Resource Worker, Essential Skills Co-ordinator, and Case Manager. His knowledge and involvement with the WorkBC Program has been invaluable for his current role as Employment Services Team Leader. Dylan currently holds a Career Development Practitioner Certificate to complement a BA Degree in Youth Work and a Diploma in Outdoor Recreational Leadership. Dylan has also completed courses in Customized Employment and Job Development. These enable him to work more efficiently with employers who are seeking to hire new employees. Dylan´s innovative, inquisitive, and problem solving style continues to seek out creative solutions to our ever changing client needs. 

 

(250) 442-2722 ext.231
Sandy Elzinga
Assistant Manager

Sandy joined the Community Futures team in 1999 as a Wage Subsidy Coordinator.  Since that time, she has filled a variety of roles in the organization including; Employment Counsellor, Training Coordinator, Project Manager, Facilitator and Assistant Manager.  This varied background has provided her with an in-depth understanding of programs and services.   She is instrumental in securing and renewing contracts for the organization.  Sandy actively participates in several community-based committees and economic development projects.  

 

(250) 442-2722 ext: 253
Anna Lactin
Resource Worker / Admin / Project Coordinator

Anna has been employed with Community Futures Boundary since September 2006 as an Administrative Assistant.    In 2009 she achieved Administration Coordinator certification through Pan West Community Futures.  In addition to her administrative role, Anna coordinates specialized programs for individuals participating in the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers and Job Options Programs.  Anna also manages a variety of special events for the organization.

 

(250) 442-2722 ext: 221
Jay Alblas
Resource Coordinator / Workshop Facilitator / IT

Jay began his career with Community Futures Boundary in 2010 as a part-time facilitator teaching computer skills for specialized employment programs including: Job Options and the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers.   Jay brings a wealth of knowledge to his full time position at Community Futures Boundary as a Resource Coordinator, Workshop Facilitator and in house IT services. Whether facilitating, addressing network and computer issues or just helping in general, Jay is always professional and friendly to all our clients.

 

250-442-2722 ext: 224
Lena Holmes
Case Manager

Lena has been working with Community Futures since 2014. First she started as an Administrative Assistant and Resource Worker, then in early 2017 she stepped into her role as a Case Manager. Her passion for working with people is what has made her successful in this role. She currently holds a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care and has over 10 years of experience working/volunteering in the Human Services field. 

250-442-2722 ext. 232
Valerie Alekson
Employment Services Resource Worker/Administrative Assistant

Valerie joined Community Futures Boundary in November 2014 and currently works as a Resource Worker and Administrative Assistant. She has over 25 years’ Customer Service experience providing professional, courteous and friendly assistance to clients. Her passion is working with people who have diverse barriers such as Mental Health, Addictions and Persons with Disabilities. Valerie is Certified in Job Development, Understanding Addictions, Mental Health First Aid, ASIST, Solution-Focused Strategies and trained as a Job Coach. As a firm believer in ongoing learning, she is now training in Customized Employment so she can assist people obtain real work for real pay. 

250-442-2722 ext. 229
Marina Pavan
SE Facilitator

Marina joined Community Futures in 2017 to assume the role as Self Employment Facilitator to support new entrepreneurs in the self-employment program. Marina brings with her a background of experience from working within family business as well as more recently operating her own business for the past seven years in Grand Forks. Marina’s knowledge and experience within the self-employment sector, has enabled her to fully understand the positive impact that thorough business planning, business support, and excellent client relations can have on the prosperity of ones’ business. She is keen to translate this valuable knowledge into her role at Community Futures Boundary.

250-442-2722 ext. 226
Jennifer Wetmore
Manager of Community Economic Development

Jennifer rejoined Community Futures Boundary in May of 2017 as Manager of Community Economic Development after a six year hiatus.  She brings over 25 years of professional experience in community economic development, project and people management, training development, and sales and marketing experience.  Jennifer holds a BA from UBC, a marketing management diploma from BCIT, and recently completed a Graduate Certificate in Workplace Innovation at Royal Roads University.  She lives in Grand Forks with her husband and two children.   

250-442-2722
Jaime Wilson
Business Loans Administrative Assistant
250-442-2722