Board of Directors

Meet our Board

Our Board Of Directors are elected by the members at the Annual General Meeting.  They are a dedicated group of individuals who live in our community and come together to represent the membership in setting the strategic direction of the organization. 

2017 Director Nominations are now open. If you wish to submit a nomination, please complete and return the Nomination Package. Nominations will close on March 15, 2017, after which you will be contacted about your application.

Gerry Wray, Chair

Gerry was born and raised in New Westminster and moved to Powell River in 2005. She has over 30 years of experience working for financial institutions. Gerry volunteers for many organizations; she served as a director for the 2007 Disability Games and treasurer for 3 years for the non-profit charity responsible for 9 Villages in Malawi Africa. Gerry also volunteers at the Powell River Health Care Auxillary, Kathaumixw, and Festival for Performing Arts on a regular basis. It is Gerry’s passion for volunteering and community involvement that inspired her to become a First Credit Union board member in May 2009. She enjoys working in a dynamic environment, on a variety of projects, with a diverse group of people; all working on behalf of credit union members.

Guy Chartier, Director

Guy is an executive leader with extensive experience in organizational management and innovation. He has been the Executive Director for the Powell River Division of Family Practice since 2013. Prior to healthcare management, Guy held various positions in international education in the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Education at University of Montreal and a master’s degree in Business Administration at Royal Roads University. He is an active member of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) and the Canadian Society of Association of Executives (CSAE). Guy served on the board of Powell River Community Futures and is passionate about community development for a sustainable future. Guy brings strong financial literacy and risk management experience, along with experience working in the highly complex healthcare sector as well as commitment of service to First Credit Union.

Dan Dyble, Director

Dan Dyble works as a consultant to small and midsized organizations implementing strategies through start-up or growth phases. His background in industry and conflict resolution across cultures serves a growing portion of clients as smaller firms globalize.  Prior to his consulting practice, Dan spent many years working in the oil and gas industry in a variety of roles including both manager and advisor, managing projects designed to increase operational efficiency,  review and implement policy, and standardize procedures. Dan is also an Executive member of the Powell River Yacht Club and a Director of the Fermenters Guild BC.

Michael Matthews, Director

Michael grew up and was educated in Oxford, UK.  After university, he taught Physics and Philosophy in the UK and Belgium before coming to Canada and taking Canadian citizenship. His career has been spent in leadership positions in independent schools in Canada and the UK, and international schools in Brussels, New York, Bangkok and Zurich.  He sat on the Board of the International Baccalaureate organization, and chaired the World Council of IB Heads. Michael is also a Director of the Johanna Heumann Foundation, a Swiss charity that funds university education in developing countries. Michael and his wife retired to Powell River in January 2012; since then he has continued to lead accreditation teams to schools around the world on a pro bono basis on behalf of the Council of International Schools.  He has been looking for opportunities to contribute to his adopted community, and in 2014 he joined the board of  the Pacific Region International Music Academy (PRISMA).  Michael brings strengths in organizational structure, financial management and strategic planning to the First Credit Union board.

Jennifer Salisbury, Director

Jennifer is a US Naval Academy Graduate and former nuclear engineer aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65). You may have seen her on Discovery Channel's Canada's Greatest Know-it-All Season 1, but is a business developer in real life. Jennifer works at PRREDS as Business Development Officer, supporting local businesses through Business Retention & Expansion Program. Her company, Platinum Business Development, serves clients across North America. Earning a Doctorate in Education in Higher Education and Adult Learning, Jennifer is studying Powell River retirees to find ways of improving pass-down of knowledge. She is a founding member of Powell River's newest toastmaster club, Toast to the Coast, and is a professional speaker on a variety of topics from leadership to networking to business development. Jennifer has been a First Credit Union board member since September 2012.

Bob Timms, Director

Bob is currently the owner of Texada Vacation Rental in Van Anda, Texada. He has owned and operated several successful businesses, bringing over 40 years of entrepreneurial business experience to his role as a director. Bob was appointed as a First Credit Union director in 2010, and elected in 2011. He is involved with many local organizations and holds directorships with Texada Arts, Culture and Tourism Society, Tourism Powell River, and Van Anda Improvement District.

Kate Wetherell, Director

Kate started her career in Canada as a chartered accountant working in public practice.  Following a move to sunny southern California and later to Washington State, she transitioned into business and finance roles in the higher education sector (both public and private), where she worked for over 25 years. Kate was born in Vancouver and her family has been part or full-time residents on the lower Sunshine Coast since WWII.  She is active on several boards, including Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Health in New Westminster.  She currently works in business and finance consulting, both locally and nationally.

Tim Wall, Director

Tim is an energetic finance professional with advanced experience in budgeting, forecasting, financial reporting, decision analysis and problem solving. He provides proven leadership and management skills for the continuing development of a successful financial team. With over 25 years of development and oversight of annual budgets in municipal, provincial and private sector environments, Tim is excited to be able to utilize his professional strengths as a First Credit Union director.

Eligibility

For more detail about the rules governing the credit union, including eligibility to act as a director, please refer to our Credit Union Rules.

AGM

The Annual General Meeting is held each year in the spring and members are encouraged to attend.  Notification of the AGM's date and location is sent to members prior to the meeting.

 

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