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. Our team is dedicated to working one on one with clients to help them in the best way possible.

Cathy

General Manager

Cathy

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.

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Kevin

Business Development Analyst

Kevin - Business Development AnalystKevin 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.

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Carrie

Executive Assistant

Carrie White

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.

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Holly

Office & Programs Assistant

Holly was born and raised in the Valley and Vancouver Island has always been her home, aside from a brief moment where she took a marketing and management course in Vancouver after high school. In the past Holly has worked in the financial industry helping clients through her role as Financial Services Representative, and has worked behind the scenes in the pulp & paper industry as the primary billing and invoicing contact for a local contracting company. She is excited to take on the role of Office and Programs Assistant with Community Futures and make an impact on our community.

Outside of the office Holly is an avid runner who has completed several half marathons, one full marathon, and other events. She loves volunteering for local races with her run club and believes exploring is best done on foot. Holly is passionate about helping others, active living, and animal welfare. She has two rescue dogs, Nala and Luna, and enjoys camping with her husband, spending time outside, and exploring all that the Valley has to offer. Email

Raf

Business Analyst - Contract Position

Raf - Business AnalystSince 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.
 
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Wendy

Finance Officer – Contract Position

Wendy Pan
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.