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Our Team


The men and women who form the task force represent citizens from all walks of life. They are our neighbours, our friends and our customers. They also provide a significant talent pool of expertise. While the group recognizes that it isn't our job to build the highway or determine the new route, members who have been involved in such projects in the past consider a bypass feasible. Over the lifespan of the group much research has been done highlighting engineering challenges, environmental and social impact, population and traffic projections.

Team Member

Lorraine MacKenzie


Secretary


Loraine MacKenzie has a background in Business Administration, Financial Accounting and Economics. She has over 15 years experience in commercial, and industrial land development in Langley, BC and several years marketing involvement with a multi family lakeside development in Osoyoos. Throughout her career, she has had considerable experience with all aspects of development, including environmental issues and the protection of sensitive riparian zones. Loraine is currently the Small Water Systems Operator for Penticton Airport as well as Occupational Health and Safety Representative for the site and Airport Clerk. In her spare time, she likes to run and rollerblade along the lake, dance, entertain our cats and spend the weekends at home in beautiful Peachland with her husband.
Team Member

John Abernethy, P.Eng.


Director


John is the principal of JW Abernethy Management & Consulting Ltd, a personal services consultancy established in 1984. John has provided planning and operational advice to an international clientele of open pit mine and resource project developers. John has provided hands on management of all phases of major civil construction projects and open pit mines including feasibility and detailed planning studies and physical operations. Project venues include many remote locations in Canada, Australia and South America. John is semi-retired at present.
Team Member

Carol Brown


Director


Carol Brown's professional career in the Banking business has spanned some 35 years working in both the chartered Banks and Credit Union systems. Starting as a front line customer service representative, Carol soon worked her way through supervisory and instructor positions to participating in program conversion projects at the Corporate level.

Carol's personal, or second career, has focused on raising a family and travelling the country in support of her husband Craig's Air Traffic Control profession. Now settling in beautiful Peachland for their retirement, Carol devotes her time to family, gardening, community support and participating in Craig's musical projects.
Team Member

Ted Cave


Director


Ted Cave, along with his wife Donna, was amongst the original members of the HYW 97 Task Force. A native British Columbian Ted grew up and worked in the Lower Mainland moving to West Kelowna in 1985. As a self employed business operator, he ran a manufacturing concern until he retired in 2007.

Ted and Donna moved to Peachland in 1999, designed and renovated their Beach Avenue house and settled in to the community. Ted and Donna are both very involved with the Legion and both partake of other community activities. Neither Ted nor Donna have every been as settled as they are in our little town.
Team Member

Marilyn Dodd


Director


Marilyn Dodd was raised in central Alberta. She graduated with Honors in Merchandising Administration from SAIT and went to work for The Bay, first as a management trainee and then as a Buyer/Department Manager. Marilyn and her husband, Jim, started travelling in 1971, and have continued to do so whenever possible ever since. She sold RVs in Calgary for many years. They moved to Peachland in 1979 and became very involved in the community. Marilyn served two terms as an Alderman, from 1983 through 1987. Her main efforts during her time on Council included expanded telephone service in Peachland, a new Community Hall, and pushing for a Highway 97 bypass above Peachland. Marilyn sold Real Estate in Westbank and Peachland until she retired. Since then, the Dodd's have travelled extensively, but she has always maintained an interest in the Community and especially in the promotion of the Bypass Concept.
Team Member

Ken Janes


Director


Ken Janes is an 11-year resident of Peachland having arrived to the Okanagan with his family for the first time from 30 years in Winnipeg. Appreciating the natural beauty and serenity of the vaIley from the unique viewpoint of Peachland on the lake, is the experience that compelled the decision to move west in 2003. As a civil engineering technologist and an architectural software developer, Ken works from his home office on Desert Pines Avenue, within sight and sound of Highway 97. One of the earliest members of the Task Force, he wanted to be involved in shaping the future of the highway and mitigating its effect on the aesthetics of the community. Knowing that the status quo was, and is, insufficient for projected traffic volumes, and that a four-lane swath cut through our community is disquieting, Ken actively supports "A Better Way for the Highway".
Team Member

Ken Klein


Director


Additional information coming soon.
Team Member

Bruce Letendre


Director


Born on the Alexis Indian Reserve at Glenevis, Alberta, this aboriginal was raised on the Alberta Coal Branch area south of Jasper. Operated mining construction equipment in summers while attending St. Anthony's Fransiscan Seminary College in Edmonton. After college married and moved to Calgary.

Began careers in automobile business, Oilfied Equipment, diamond and gold jewelry, the Brewing Industry, the Hospitality Industry. With Investors Syndicate was licensed with the Alberta Securities Commission, and also became an Alberta Notary Public.

While registered with the Securities Commission, and as an aside, started the International website www.worldregistryofwills.com, and also became an Associate Member of the American Bar Assoc. because the website deals with Wills and Estate Planning. Retired from the corporate jungle and relocated to Peachland in 1990.
Team Member

Gordon Pope


Director


Additional information coming soon.
Team Member

Berend (Bert) Put


Director


Bert is a power engineer, who graduated Marine Engineering College in the Netherlands, and completed further education in BC and Quebec. His specialties include energy conservation, waste to energy technologies, energy auditing, job safety, sales and marketing. Fluent in English, Dutch, German, and with a working knowledge of Spanish, French and Portuguese, Bert has lectured at conferences and worked on projects throughout the world.

Bert brings to our Society extensive experience in engineering, environmental science, planning, negotiating and marketing. His duties have included heavy industrial facility construction, soil contamination investigation and remediation, environmental agency consulting, heat recovery boiler work and industrial maintenance contract work. The list of companies Bert has served over the decades is too lengthy to list here.
Team Member

Chris Reniers


Director


Chris, born in the Netherlands, grew up in Ontario and settled in the Lower Mainland in 1977. He and his wife Eleatha moved to Peachland in 2012 but have been visiting the town regularly since 1986 and have owned property here since 2007.

After receiving a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo, Chris worked in the life insurance industry before settling into a career in pensions and institutional investments, most recently with a major global financial institution from which he retired in 2007. He has served in other not-for profit organizations including executive roles in the Canadian Power & Sail Squadrons, private societies and strata corporations.
Team Member

Gus Richardson


Director


Gus is a social worker by profession, a graduate of Concordia University and the University of Calgary. Gus has spent 40 years of his career working in the fields of corrections, addictions, mental and forensic health. He has served on the boards of many organizations, including BCACL, the lookout Emergency Services Society, the Semihamoo Housing Society, the Kindale Development Society, the BC Criminal justice Society and the John Howard Society.

Gus and his wife Mavis moved to Peachland in 1999.
Team Member

Terry Tanner


Director


Terry graduated in 1964 with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Agriculture degree from UBC. Terry has worded in the 84 partner firm of Chandler Kennedy Architectural Group, and at many other companies over the years. His major interest is in community and urban development and he has served as a member (often as chair) of many business and community organizations, to name just a few: the Calgary Transportation Authority, Association in Canada Serving Human Settlement, Vancouver Board of Trade, Calgary and Vancouver Downtown Business Associations, Calgary housing Authority, Peachland Economic Development Committee and the Peachland Chamber of Commerce.
Team Member

Peter Warner, Q.C.


Director


Peter has practiced law for 37 years as a general business lawyer, and is now semi-retired. Following education at SFU and UBC, Peter practiced at the Prince George law firm of Heather Sadler Jenkins then moved to Peachland in 2008. Specialties include corporate, commercial, industrial, employment and administrative law.

Peter has served the legal profession over many years as an elected official with the Law Society of BC, Canadian Bar Association, Caribou Bar Association, Prince George Bar Association, Law Foundation of BC and was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1997.

Peter has served the community at large as a director of the College of New Caledonia, and on the Mental Health Review Panel Board.
Team Member

Ean Price


Technical Director


Ean Price is the founder of ICAN Resource Group Inc., a multifaceted corporation primarily focused on Medical Assistive Devices and Multimedia Development in Kelowna, British Columbia. He is a strong advocate for independence through technology. This passion led Ean into becoming Tetra Society's Kelowna Chapter Coordinator. In 2012, Ean joined the Board of the BC Association for Individualized Technology and Supports for People with Disabilities (BCITS). Other volunteer contributions include Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay, Neil Squire Society and Muscular Dystrophy Canada. In his free time Ean enjoys traveling overseas.