All Community Futures organizations are guided by a volunteer Board of Directors composed of local business people who bring with them extensive knowledge and experience of the area’s economy. Our Board members represent our region’s population and main economic sectors. Their role is to establish our organization’s priorities, monitor our performance, and answer to key stakeholders.
STEVE HOPKINS, CPA, CMA, Board of Directors
Steve Hopkins joined CFPR in 2014. Steve is a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA) working as the Secretary-Treasurer for the Powell River Board of Education as well as the Director of Finance for the Powell River Educational Services Society. In these roles he is responsible for all areas with respect to Finance and Facilities including budget forecasting, cash flow management, procurement and capital planning.
Steve also sits as a Director of the Carlson Community Club, a position he undertook after completing two terms as a Director of the Powell River Tourism Society. Steve is passionate about community and volunteerism and has always been interested in the economic development of the Powell River Community
Lori grew up in Powell River in a business-orientated family, her parents owning several companies: Aero Powell River Services Ltd (Auto/Industrial/Tire/Mechanical Shop); Kip Brown Trucking Ltd (Log Hauling); and Aero Cabs (local cab company).
Lori learned at a young age about being in business in a small isolated community and purchased Aero/Kal tire from her parents July 1, 2000. At present, Lori is the Treasurer on the Community Futures Board. Lori is a Member of the Westview Baptist Church. She has participated on the Powell River Christian School Society Board (2004-2011) as Treasurer, and Powell River Community Forest (2013-Present) as Vice-Chair.
Lori’s community spirit is evident in the co-started Powell River Small Business Cash Mob 2012 to help support local small business (mom & pop shops). The objective was to bring back shoppers to the small local shops rather than large box stores and reconnect with their clientele, much like it was back in the day.
Giving back is a big part of Carla’s life and she has always been a passionate volunteer. As such, Carla has been a valued member of Community Futures Powell River Board since 2013. These days you can also find Carla volunteering her time to Westcoast ACCESS, and the Garden Club.
Carla was born in Powell River moved to Mission at a young age, but still came back for visits. In 2002, Carla permanently moved back with her husband and two boys. Her favorite pastimes include training dogs, fishing and gardening.
Her experience as a Realtor started at Coast in 2006. She always greets people with a big smile making her a well sought after Realtor.
Lisa Daniels is a long-time resident of Powell River and an active member of our community. She is passionate about small business and sustainable agriculture and is the co-owner of Windfall Farm, a small family run mixed farm located in Wildwood that produces certified organic garlic and poultry and range-reared pork and beef.
Lisa worked over 20 years for inclusion Powell River with Employment Services and the Better at Home program for seniors. In addition to volunteering with Community Futures, she is a Director for the Powell River Farmers’ Agricultural Institute and is a member or Powell River Women in Business.
Dick Vanderkemp is the owner of Vanderkemp Sales and Service a well-established family run business that operations include ownership of Columbia Fuels, local storage units, a large delivery fleet, U-Haul truck rental; spanning all over Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast, plus BC’s lower mainland and central interior.
Dick is a member of the Rotary Club and is a Community Futures’ Powell River Board member. Dick enjoys competitive curling.
Katya Buck grew up in Powell River and after spending many years away in pursuit of academic learning, returned to Powell River in 2009.
Her career progression began in1996, when she graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. She received a Master’s degree in social work from Texas State University and worked as a social worker for four years. Katya received a Juris Doctor in law from St. Mary’s University School of Law, San Antonio, Texas in 2007 and worked as an attorney in San Antonio for two years before returning to Powell River.
She articled with Fleming and Associates and began her practice there after being called to the British Columbia Bar in 2011. In June 2012, Katya joined Villani & Company where she is focusing her law practice on the areas of wills and estate planning, probate, corporate, commercial, and real estate.
Katya is dedicated to making where ever she goes a better place is now a volunteer Community Futures Board Director.
Katya enjoys spending time with her family, playing with her young sons, volunteering with the Rotary Club of Powell River, travelling, photography, and gardening.
Mike moved to Powell River at an early age when his parents purchased an insurance brokerage in 1972. Mike completed a business administration diploma and joined his father in the business in 1982. Mike has owned and managed Underwriters Insurance Agencies since 1984 and acquired his CAIB designation in 1990. He is married to Loretta; they have 2 grown children.
His son Scott, now works in the family business. Mike is the president of Myrtle Point Golf Club, is actively involved in golf and curling. He lends his support to many local charities and community groups. Mike loves Powell River and wants to see small businesses grow and prosper in this amazing community.