The partners have appointed a volunteer Board of Directors to operate the Community Forest through WL Community Forest LP. Current Board members are: Steve Capling (Chair), Byron Louie, Ann Louie, Tom Foley (Treasurer), Tammy Tugnum and Vitali Kozubenko. The current Board has appointed Hugh Flinton and Kent Watson of C & P Management Group as Managers.
Ann LouieAnn was chief for the Williams Lake Indian Band (WLIB) for 10 years, and served a further 6 years on Council. She was directly involved in securing the Community Forest Partnership with the City of Williams Lake, and remained involved until she retired from the Band in 2018. She has 25 years experience of working with the provincial government, has held numerous positions with the WLIB and sits on a variety of boards.
Vitali KozubenkoVitali is a Chief Financial Officer of the City of Williams Lake and has more than 20 years of experience in finance, audit and risk management. Vitali joined the WLCF Board in 2019 and, in addition to financial skills, he brings to the board private company, international and consulting experience.
Steve CaplingSteve is a Registered Professional Forester with over 40 years' experience in the forest industry in and around Williams Lake. Steve has been on the WLCF Board since 2016 and currently holds the position of Chair.
Byron LouieByron has been involved with the WLCF since its inception in 2011, and is pleased to see the WLCF flourish. Byron is a member of the Williams Lake Indian Band, with 3 sons, 6 siblings and many nieces and nephews. Byron has worked in the bush with his Dad, for Sugar Cane Wood Products, and Borland Creek Logging. He also has his Class 1 and has driven logging trucks. Byron attended Crescent Heights, Columneetza, WLJS, and TRU in Kamloops.
Tom FoleyTom is a Registered Professional Forester, with experience as a small business owner and more than 20 years in the community of Williams Lake. He is passionate about the outdoors, enjoying hiking, kayaking, and birding. Tom has been on the WLCF Board since 2013 and currently holds the position of Treasurer.
We appreciate the contributions made by current and past Board Members immensely. Former members of the Board include: