Community Futures Staff & Contract Positions
Community Futures staff are business experts with extensive knowledge of our area's local economy. They are experts in business planning, financial forecasting, and entrepreneurship. Most importantly, they are great business advisors and mentors: they are dedicated to working one on one with clients to help them in the best way possible.
Cathy's 18 year career spans many aspects of business. Since 2008 Cathy has been the General Manager of Community Futures Cowichan. In this role, she oversees a range of community-based business development projects, the lending program, and the day-to-day management of the organization.
She volunteers with community organizations such as the Duncan-Cowichan Chamber of Commerce and participates in many local fundraisers.
Business Development Analyst
Kevin is the Business Development Analyst at Community Futures Cowichan, helping to deliver business services and financing to businesses in the Cowichan Region for the past 9 years. Kevin has a background in small business start-ups and has pursued careers in sales and marketing and operations management. Away from Community Futures, Kevin enjoys family time, golf and the SEAHAWKS.
Diane has been with Community Futures Cowichan since its inception in 1989. She has been on the front line triaging clients new and old. In the dark ages, she worked as a loans clerk with the Bank of Montreal and the BDC. Upon moving to the Island, and before working with Community Futures, she was the administrative arm for a government sponsored Re-Entry program helping women enter back into the workforce. Her second passion (the first being her children and grandchildren) is curling. Through many long hours and workshops to understand the business of curling, she and a group of concerned curlers revived the curling club in Lake Cowichan now known as Cowichan Rocks (a name chosen and voted on by Diane). In 2014 Diane's Team Myrden won the Traveller's Curling Club Championship for BC, and the team went on to represent the province in November 2014 at the Mayflower Curling Club in Halifax. She also had some good times volunteering at - and taking part in - major curling events over the years in both the Lake Cowichan and Duncan curling clubs.
Carrie joined Community Futures Cowichan in June 2015 as Administrative Coordinator. Carrie grew up on Vancouver Island, and then pursued careers in the Okanagan, the Northwest Territories, and central Alberta before returning home in 2012 to care for her elderly father. Carrie worked with the Alberta Public Service (employment services & economic development) for 10 years, and most recently enjoyed a role with United Way Cowichan.
Carrie loves her new Cowichan community and has volunteered for the Downtown Duncan Business Improvement Association, the Salvation Army, and United Way. In addition to her yoga practice, Carrie enjoys hiking and camping with her partner, Douglas, and her yellow Labrador, a retired therapy dog and tracking expert. She is passionate about companion animal welfare and currently serves as the Recording Secretary for the BCSPCA Cowichan District Community Council.
Business Analyst - Contract Position
Since 2010 Raf has been the Business and Loans Analyst for Community Futures Cowichan. Raf grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba and attended the I.H. Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba, majoring in Finance. His past work experience includes working with the Coastal Community Credit Union as a consumer lender and as a commercial account manager with the Forest & Marine Financial Group. When not working, Raf spends time with his wife and two young daughters and also competes in beach volleyball and Olympic weightlifting.
Finance Officer – Contract Position
As the Finance Officer, Wendy has been providing accounting services to Community Futures Cowichan since 2011. Wendy is a Chartered Professional Accountant and runs her own accounting practice in the Cowichan Valley. She is specialized in accounting, bookkeeping and taxes for not-for-profits and small business. In her spare time, Wendy enjoys hiking, kayaking, and fishing with her family.