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2022-23 Foundation Directors

The greatest asset of every successful organization is its people. The Quesnel Community Foundation is no exception. 


 Bob Salmons - President 

Bob attended the University of Victoria and BC Institute of Technology before going to work in the pulp and paper industry.  He and his wife Eileen moved to Quesnel in 1972 for the startup of Cariboo Pulp and Paper Company.  He held several positions and was Technical Manager when he retired in 2008. 

Volunteer experience includes many years as a coach, manager and executive with the Quesnel Minor Hockey Association, 18 years with the City of Quesnel's Environmental Advisory Committee, Board member and President of the Bowron Lake Enhancement Society, Board member and President of the Quesnel and District Hospice Palliative Care Association.

Bob has two grown sons, two daughters-in-law and four grand-kids.  He enjoys golfing and camping in the summer and curling and watching his grandsons play hockey in the winter. 


 Mary Sjostrom - Past President 

Mary and her husband Butch have resided in Quesnel for over 40 years and have 3 children, 3 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.  Mary is a former Licensed Practical Nurse and owner of Mary's Gifts for 18 years prior to serving 15 years on Quesnel City Council including 9 years as City Councilor and 6 years as Mayor. While serving with Local Government, Mary was elected to the North Central Local Government Association and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities as Director and President and is a Life Member of both organizations.

Mary has always been a Community Volunteer and has served on the Chamber of Commerce, Palliative Care Association, Quesnel Rotary, Shiraoi Twinning Society, BC Winter Games, and Relay for Life. Mary is currently serving on the Board of Governors of College of New Caledonia as Vice Chair of Regions and as Passenger Transportation Board Member. Mary served as a Steering Committee Member for the Quesnel Community Foundation and was very excited to join the Foundation Board and serve as Board President. Mary feels that this is a great way to give back to the Community through this wonderful organization.


 Graeme Armstrong - Vice President

Graeme Armstrong, a Certified Financial Planner was born and raised in Quesnel.  The Armstrong family have lived in the Bouchie Lake area since 1921.  He and his wife Trine have 5 children, ranging in age from 9 to 17. They enjoy hockey and skiing in the winter and camping in the summer.

Graeme has worked as a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones since 2008.  He helps local families plan for retirement and the costs of post secondary education.  Prior to this he worked at West Fraser as an accountant.

He has served as director with the Quesnel & District Chamber of Commerce, including two years as President.  For the last few years, Graeme has been working with the Quesnel Community Foundation Investment Committee. 


 Laurie Rice - Treasurer

Laurie Rice, a Chartered Professional Accountant, has worked in the Agriculture, Oil and Gas, and the Heavy Equipment Sectors in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and the Yukon before moving to Quesnel in 1990.  Laurie and her husband Ed Coleman have 5 adult children that all benefited from growing up in our wonderful community of Quesnel.

She worked for 25 years with School District 28, starting out as an Accounts Payable Clerk and spent the last 10 years as Manager of Finance/Controller, retiring in 2015.

Since retiring from the School District, she has served as Wildfire Business Ambassador and Wildfire Business Transition Program Coordinator with Community Futures North Cariboo.

Her volunteer work includes the Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life and Daffodil Campaign Committees, President of the Quesnel Ladies Curling Club, and Emergency Support Services.  Laurie is very excited to have the opportunity to be involved with the Foundation and looks forward to working with the Quesnel Community Foundation team.


   Doug Service - Secretary

Doug was raised in Kamloops and graduated from Kam High in 1965.  While in high school Doug played basketball and started his career as a referee.

While at UBC, Doug met and married Sally; after graduation they moved to Quesnel – both he and Sally accepted teaching positions here, expecting to stay perhaps a year or two.  Their two children, Heather and David, were born in Quesnel, they built their first home at Dragon Lake in 1975 where they live to this day.

As an educator, Doug taught PE, Math, and Social Studies and was a Counsellor at Maple Drive, and Correlieu.  From 1988 – 1996, Doug held administrative positions at Maple Drive, Parkland and Red Bluff Elementary Schools.  Until retirement, Doug continued with his commitment to basketball in 'the North' - coaching both boys and girls teams from Grade 8 through Grade 12, and refereeing whenever and wherever he was needed.  He was instrumental in the establishment of the Quesnel Basketball Officials' Association, and was president from 1985-90.  He received recognition as the Official of the Year from both the Canadian Association of Basketball Officials' and Basketball BC.  In recognition of his involvement in basketball, he was named to the Quesnel Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.  For the past 2 years, he coached his grandson's team at Carson Elementary!

Doug's community involvement has extended beyond School District 28.  He was a member of the Dragon Lake Improvement District and has served as a member of the CRD Area A Advisory Committee for 35 years.  Since retiring in 2005, he has been an active member of the Quesnel Seniors' Society, taking on the President's job in 2015.  Doug previously served one-3 year term as a member of the Quesnel Community Foundation and looks forward to working with this very worthy organization again.

Both he and Sally keep busy with volunteering, travelling, and enjoying their involvement with two very active, very busy grandchildren.


  Candice Gibbs 

Candice was born and raised in Quesnel and is proud to call it home. Candice and her husband of 11 years Tim, plan on retiring in Quesnel and enjoying everything the community has to offer.
Candice had originally begun at Willis Harper in 2000 and has now found herself back and taking on an ownership position as of March 2020.

 As a business owner, Candice’s passion for Quesnel has encouraged her to expand her business and community knowledge as well as create healthy relationships within the business community.


  Vanessa Salmons 

Vanessa has been a part of the Quesnel community for the past 42 years. Vanessa met and married her high school sweetheart and has 2 wonderful children.
As a Registered Nurse, Vanessa has worked at Northern Health for the past 29 years and currently holds the position of Executive Lead, Perinatal Services for the region.
Vanessa highly regards the Quesnel Community Foundation as accomplishing great things by providing grants and bursaries to non-profit organizations and deserving students. With her children grown and the responsibilities of volunteering in sport and art organizations have passed, she was pleased to offer volunteer services to the Quesnel Community Foundation.
Vanessa states that she is humbled for the opportunity to work with the board and support the community of Quesnel organizations.

 Sandra Lewis - Director

Sandra moved to Quesnel from the coast in 2007, she has 4 children and 2 grandchildren. 

Currently she is the manager of AC&D Insurance since moving here she has been an active member of Rotary and the Quesnel Downtown Association.

Sandra sees the Quesnel Community Foundation as an organization that all community members benefit from.

“no matter what the obstacles we face here, Quesnel always pulls together to continue to make this a vibrant community.” Sandra Lewis


 Kathy Somerville - Director

Kathy is married to Jim with two amazing children. Her volunteering goes back 30 years; besides Rotary she has been an active volunteer with various youth programs from Miss Quesnel/Quesnel Ambassador program to Quesnel Minor Baseball.

She has been a part of the business community for 34 years and is the present Manager of the Chamber of Commerce.

“I have a passion for this community and the history here. I believe in our people, our businesses, and associations and like to do what I can when I can help.”

2001 Steering Committee

Francine Gaetz

Dalton Hooker

Harlene Hunt

Bob Jaskela

Bob Norman

Brian Rankin - President

Ron Rasmussen

Ron Silvey

Mary Sjostrom


Past Directors

Ed Coleman  2020-2022

Adrian Monych 2017-2021

Lisa Battram 2015-2018

Brian Black 2014-2020

Deb Burton 2018-2019

Bruce Broughton 2016 - 2020

Gayle Campbell 2017-2020

Alex Coffey 2008-2014

Dan Canuel 2010 - 2016

Sheri Coles 2010 - 2016

Dawn Debuc 2007-2008

Marty Duffy 2004-2007

Mel Dunleavey 2003-2006

Randy Evans 2001

Ellen Facey 2002-2008

Francine Gaetz 2001-2004

Margot Gagne 2014 -2017

Jim Gorsline 2015-2020

Debbie Grantham 2005-2008

Dalton Hooker 2001-2002

Roy Josephy 2009-2015

Shirley Keen 2009-2013

Tobias Lawrence 2008

Gloria Lazzarin 2001-2003

Bob Lebeck 2011-2017

Ray Levac 2012-2015

Chris McIver 2008-2009

Kevin McKelvie 2008-2014

Peter McLoughlin 2013-2015

Elizabeth Neave 2002-2008

Bob Norman 2001-2009

Bob Patrick 2001-2003

Brian Rankin 2001-2004, 2006-2010

Ron Rasmussen 2001-2008

John Rousseu 2004-2005

Doug Service 2009-2012, 2017-Present

Ron Silvey 2001-2006

Lorna Townsend 2006-2012

Simon Turner 2008-2010

Peter Walsh 2002-2008

Tom Weckworth 2015-2019

Neal Wells 2010-2011

Heather Wuensche 2012 -2017

Brenda Gardiner 2020-2021

Bruce Broughton 2015-2021




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Sustaining Partners

Phone: 250-985-1612
Charity Reg #: 88916 1717 RR0001
Quesnel Community Foundation
Mailing Address:
P.O.Box 4158
Quesnel BC V2J 3J2

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