Donnie was raised here in Valemount, attended high school in McBride. After working away, she has lived and worked here in Valemount for the last 21 years. Her husband and she run a small forestry consulting business and I am currently a Councillor with the Village of Valemount. Caring for her late mother Louise MacLean has also given her insights to support seniors to age in Valemount. She believes that the Valemount Senior Citizen’s Housing Committee is one of the most important organizations in the Village. Her work experience as an administrator, grant writer, bookkeeper, safety coordinator and small business owner is valuable to her contribution as a board member for the Housing Society.
Hugo is a long-time resident of Valemount. After 29 years with BC Parks, he retired as Senior Park Ranger at Mount Robson Provincial Park. There, Hugo was able to develop his skills of working with people from all walks of life, facility operation / repair and resource management. He helped plan and implement numerous volunteer projects, and values collaboration and working with others to achieve common goals. Hugo also served for two years on Valemount's Community Initiatives committee to disburse grants to community organizations based on community need and organizational capacity.
He has been on the board since the 2021 AGM and enjoyed the collaboration that is essential to provide a meaningful way forward to achieving the goals set forth.
Sheri Gee was born and raised in the prairies of southern Manitoba and is a proud Métis citizen. She moved to the mountains of British Columbia as a teenager. After her daughter grew up and left home, She moved to Valemount in 2010 and it instantly became home. Here she married and lives happily with her husband, and their pets. In her spare time, she enjoys knitting, quilting, and beading.
Sheri has a passion for community work and working with Youth. She is active in the Valemount Canadian Ranger patrol and leads the Junior Canadian Ranger youth program. She has served on the executive of the Royal Canadian Legion for many years and strongly believes in supporting and volunteering in her community.
Vern has lived in Valemount for 43 years. He spent many years coaching hockey and was President of Minor Hockey for 10 years. He presently sits on the board of the Valemount Community Forest. Vern wants to see housing available and affordable for our aging population. As a board member he looks forward to maintaining the existing facility, and keeping it affordable, as well as support future projects.
Over the years, served, bringing his knowledge and experience in the health care field in administration and as a Professional Care Provider, to his work on the Boards. He has valued extensive Health Care experience in Hospital, Community Health and Long-Term Care and Community Health.
Kurien brings a wealth of experience gained at the community, provincial and national levels while working with Health Canada, First Nations, and Provincial Health. He served as the Chief Executive Director/Administrator of a Hospital and Seniors facility in Saskatchewan.
Kurien Thomas believes that ‘Everyone has the right to a quality of life that ensures independence and dignity.' He advocates for facilitating health care and other community services for aging in the continuum of the life cycle.
Kurien has been part of Valemount Cares Committee since early 2020.
I was born and raised here in Valemount and have lived here for most of my life. I am retired from my job at the local grocery store after almost 38 years which leaves me with the time, teamwork skills, and energy to serve on this Board. I have previously served on the Board of Directors for the Valemount Seniors’ Club (until it dissolved) and was a long-term member of the Lion’s Club. Currently, I volunteer at the Valemount Legion during the Friday night dinners as well as help out as part of the Ducks Unlimited group.
I am really excited about the new Valemount Cares Assisted Living facility that is in the works right now. My father, Nick Basaraba, moved away to Kamloops four years ago. After living most of his life here, he had to leave lifelong friends and family when he needed assisted living. I look forward to the day when this no longer has to happen to families and seniors can remain close to their loved ones and move into our new, local assisted living facility.
Catherine was born and raised on a farm just outside of Valemount. She has raised four children and helped to care for her parents as they aged and still does farming in a small way. She is concerned about the prospects of those aging in Valemount and hopes that by being part of the Valemount Senior Citizens Housing Society she can help residents of Valemount spend their last years in their own community.