Board of Directors & Staff

Your fellow community members are working hard to make Parksville-Qualicum Beach a wonderful place to live.

Board of Directors

Parksville-Qualicum Community Foundation’s Directors are volunteers, and we thank you for your commitment to philanthropy and community service!

Board of Directors 2022-23

Pat Weber – Chair

Robert Duncan – Vice Chair

Len Townsend – Past Chair

Susanna Newton – Secretary

Brent Johnson – Treasurer

Kari-Lee Burnham – Director

Denise Foster – Director

Peter van Dongen – Director

Betty Price- Director         

Ryan Whalley – Director

(L-R): Ryan Whalley, Len Townsend, Pat Weber, Brent Johnson, Robert Duncan, Peter van Dongen, Betty Price, Kari-Lee Burnham, and Susanna Newton.

Patrick Weber

Patrick Weber

Chair

Patrick retired in 2014 as Managing Broker and Partner in RE/MAX Anchor Realty, and currently serves as a Chair for the Parksville Qualicum Foundation. He has previously served as a Director.

Pat also serves as a Director with Qualicum Beach Seniors’ Activities Centre Association, Kiwanis Housing Society (Parksville and Qualicum Beach), and French Creek Residents Association.

Patrick is Past President for Qualicum Beach Seniors’ Activities Centre; Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce; Kiwanis Club (Parksville and Qualicum Beach); Kiwanis Housing Society (Parksville and Qualicum Beach), and Lumen Institute of Canada. In addition, he is a Life Member of the Lumen Institute of Canada.

Len Townsend

Len Townsend

Past Chair

Len served as chair for Parksville Qualicum Foundation for more than 6 years, and is now Past-Chair.

Len was born, educated and married in Winnipeg, then he lived in Edmonton and Sherwood Park Alberta, Kamloops, and Deep Cove North Vancouver. He has worked in Real Estate, Engineering, and Management, and eventually retired from his role as Senior Executive at CN Rail. He then moved to Qualicum Beach in 1990 to enjoy his retirement.

Len has two children and six grandchildren who have grown up and spent most of their lives on Vancouver Island. He has volunteered throughout his life in sports and social services as a participant, director, and in many executive positions making and changing policies as communities needs changed. These groups included Chamber of Commerce, Recreation Commissions, Rotary, various schools and Credit Unions.

Philanthropy is giving back to the community and helping those who are not able. Giving back has always been part of Len’s personal service plan. Based on recent studies that show a decline in volunteering, he is encouraged by the Foundation’s principles to support projects that arise from Vital Signs research that keep up with social changes. Also, with memberships in service clubs declining and church attendance declining, there is a need for community services that are up to date and in touch with current needs.

Brent Johnson

Brent Johnson

Treasurer

Brent is a founding member of the Foundation, and currently serves as the Treasurer and a Director.

Brent was born in Brandon Manitoba, and at the age of 19, his family moved to the Okanagan and settled in Peachland where he attended Okanagan College. His accounting career started in Penticton with Rutherford Bazett, a CA (Chartered Accountant) firm.

In September 1978 Brent achieved his CGA designation and in the fall of 1979 moved to Qualicum Beach to join Barclay Tarr Walters CGA firm. In 1985 Brent formed his own firm and continues to work as Brent Johnson CPA Ltd.

In 1998 Brent achieved his Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation and is proud to give client’s independent financial planning advice and direction in realizing their goals and dreams. Also, in 1998 Brent was extremely proud to be named “Business of the Year” by the Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce.

WINNER OF THE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD!
On February 21, 2018, Brent received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce.

Brent’s hobbies include travel, working in his yard, spending time with his grandchildren, and his two Yorkshire Terriers.

Philathropy starts by being community-minded. Brent’s only goal is to make the community strong and thrive, such as by helping service groups or non-profits with Financial Statements. Closest to his heart is the Parksville Qualicum Community Foundation— the legacy of the community.

Kari-Lee Burnham

Kari-Lee Burnham

Bookkeeper

Kari-Lee joined the Board officially in May 2019, prior to that she has been assisting the treasure since 2008.

Kari-Lee is an accountant with Brent Johnson CPA Ltd. She has been involved in all areas, from year end preparation, personal income tax returns and every aspect of bookkeeping.

Kari-Lee possesses a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) majoring in Accounting, from Vancouver Island University.

She has been in the area since childhood and now raises her own family in the area.

Robert Duncan CPA, CGA

Vice Chair

Rob joined the Board in 2022 and has lived in the Alberni/Qualicum area for most of his life.  Rob is a professional accountant and was a senior partner in an accounting firm with branches in Port Alberni, Ucluelet, Tofino and Qualicum Beach until retirement in 2015. 

Rob has held leadership positions in many community organizations and non-profit boards including: Junior Achievement BC, Ty Watson Hospice House, Town of Qualicum Beach Advisory Planning Commission, Connective Care Society Nanaimo and the Qualicum Beach Seniors’ Activities Centre.

Denise Foster

Director

Denise joined the Board in 2023. As a Victoria native, Denise has wonderful memories of camping and exploring in this amazing place we call Oceanside. Once retired there was no question this was the best place to live and moved here with her partner in 2017.

Denise enjoyed a 35 year career in Municipal Recreation & Parks, and describes it as ‘an outstanding opportunity’ to facilitate health, wellness and rehab programs for people of all ages and see the positive impacts on their lives.

Over the past few years Denise organized a local community campaign which successfully conserved 9.2 hectares of land beside the French Creek estuary – now officially known as the French Creek Estuary Nature Preserve. She’s grateful to everyone who contributed and hopes this win for nature inspires others to dream big.

Susanna Newton

Susanna Newton

Secretary

Susanna joined the Board in May 2020.

Susanna has worked most of her career in the non-profit sector and has been with District 69 Society of Organized Services (SOS) for over 25 years. She became Executive Director of SOS in January 2018. Susanna was born and raised in Finland and moved to England, where she worked for a Housing Society on the Isle of Wight. In the early nineties, she immigrated to Canada with her husband and they landed in Coombs as “butterfly breeders” in the family business.

As a Board member, Susanna looks forward to contributing to community wellbeing in a different role, and supporting the efforts of local non-profit organizations and groups.

Betty Price

Director

Betty joined the Board in 2022. She is originally from Wales where she worked as a Registered Nurse and Midwife. She has held Board positions for the Museum, Haven Society, John Howard Society and Oceanside Hospice Society.

Better completed an undergraduate degree in Nursing and a Masters Degree in Educational Administration from VIU. She has three children and four grandchildren. Betty and her husband Bob have lived in Parksville for forty years. During this time Betty has volunteered for many community programs while working as a Healthcare Administrator.

Peter van Dongen

Peter van Dongen

Director

Peter joined the board in 2023 and chairs the Fund Development Committee.

Peter grew up on farm in Abbotsford and graduated with a degree in agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan. He moved to Vancouver Island in 2005 and lives in Nanoose Bay with his wife and two children. In 2022, he helped to establish the Springford Family Foundation
in honour of his father-in-law, Colin Springford.

Professionally, Peter is a business advisor and facilitator with MNP, a national accounting and consulting firm. He has more than 20 years of experience specializing in marketing strategy, communications, and business development.

Peter has a passion for connecting people and ideas to make good things happen. He is an active member of the Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce, 100 Oceanside Men Who Give Damn, and the Vancouver Island Economic Alliance.

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