Meet Our Dedicated Leadership Team

His background is mainly in business development in the areas of photography, financial planning, construction, and real estate investment.

His teaching experience encompasses photography, conducting seminars in financial planning and real estate investment as well as carpentry. He has taught scuba diving as well.

Patrick Van Minsel
Patrick Van MinselTreasurer
A history of working in the hospitality and customer service industry. Skilled in Financial Consulting, Investing Consulting, Budgeting 101, Microsoft 361 Office, Coaching, Hospitality Industry and Event Management. Patrick has an A1 Accounting Bachelor from HTI Heverlee and a Certified Bookkeeper in Canada.
Keith Thom
Keith ThomSecretary
Keith Thom spent ten years managing and restructuring nursing homes in Ontario. A further ten years he was a Health and safety trainer in the manufacturing sector. He then ran and operated his own trading company called Positive Impact. Throughout his many careers his music has played an integral part of his life.
Annabel Sranley
Annabel SranleyDirector
She taught Fibre art workshops for elementary schools and Horticultural groups in NZ and holds workshops in her studio and across the Okanagan for the past 18 years. She featured in Sculpture Pacific in Canada, Wine Trails, Okanagan Home and Sage-ing (a publication of the Okanagan Institute) amongst other publications.
Darlene Heartford
Darlene HeartfordDirector
Darlene is a Certified Educational Assistant (CEA). She worked with children from the Elementary school level to Senior Secondary as well with Interior Health assisting adults with disabilities. For the past ten years, she has created educational on the protection programs for the preservation of the bat species.
Matthew Abrey
Matthew AbreyDirector
Matt’s background is largely in multimedia coordination, journalism, broadcasting, and sports. His teaching experience includes instructing social media seminars, video and photo shooting & editing, baseball clinics and martial arts classes.
Kristen Friesen
Kristen FriesenDirector
Research assistant/writer at the University of Calgary, involved in inquiry-based education. Wrote papers and websites on curriculum design and early learning for nine years. Currently the Publisher and Editor for The Phoenix news source.
Rodney Irwin
Rodney IrwinDirector
Rod holds a B.A. in Recreational Admin. He also has a diploma in outdoor recreational management. He has held the position of Manager at YMCA Outdoor/Environmental Education Centre in Alberta for Ten years and Facilitator of Personal and organizational development seminars in Western Canada, Yukon, USA for five years.
Lee Etherington
Lee EtheringtonDirector
Lee is an instructor teaching elements of power carving and is the owner of Peachi Tikis Custom Carvings here in Peachland. Lee spent 14 years in sales, and business management. He worked as a trainer, wrote training courses and safety plans. He has managed a small trucking company in Alberta.