Board Members

Cheryl ThomasCheryl Thomas - Philanthropy is a way of life for 2017 Treasurer Cheryl Thomas. She has spent the majority of her adult life working on behalf of her community, and has been awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal to commemorate some of the many years spent in this work.

Having worked with the North Thompson Communities Foundation for a number of years, Cheryl has had opportunity to have worked on nearly every committee.

Whether it be working towards an interesting Float for a community Parade, or welcoming folk to a spring BBQ, Cheryl is always willing to lend her hand to the project at hand. Education is the key to success. Cheryl attempts to attend many of the regional and provincial conferences and gatherings. These educational events have given her a broad insight and understanding into the Foundation world.

Cheryl is a wife, mother, and grandmother. Providing for the future generations has become an even greater priority in Cheryl’s life since the arrival for the first great-grandchild. “Providing ways to collect funds which will in turn ensure the ability to meet needs of these next generations of valley residents is paramount”.
lisa legerLisa Leger - Lisa is originally from Victoria B.C. and currently resides in Avola . She has volunteered in a number of social and charitable organizations through the course of the last 12 years. Her interests include organic heirloom gardening, spiritual growth and outdoor adventure. She also advocates animal rights and human diversity.
Gilles legerGilles Leger - Gilles has been a resident of Avola for 10 years. He loves to garden and grow organic heirloom vegetables. Additionally, he has a heart for the less fortunate and supports several social programs. In his youth Gilles ran a Drop-in Center for the homeless in Portland , Oregon. Currently , he is actively involved with the Children's ministry at his local church. He is a positive influence within his community and a board member of the Avola Improvement District. Gilles enjoys travelling, playing music, leatherwork and cooking.
Franz Friesinger -2017 Chair Franz was born, raised and educated in Munich, Germany. He immigrated to Canada in 1975 where he was employed as a cabinet maker in Montreal. In 1979 he moved to Calgary, Alberta where he owned and operated a custom woodworking shop until his retirement in 2006. While in Calgary he ran a crime prevention program for Foothills Industrial Park. Being a resident of Barriere he is involved in the Garden Club, the North Thompson Recreational Society and the North Thompson Community Choir. The North Thompson Valley’s future is of great importance to him.
Sandra Wetterstrom - Sandy Wetterstrom is a new arrival to Clearwater. She is married and has two sons and one grandchild. Born and raised in Vancouver she graduated from UBC. After a summer job tree planting near Prince George she never returned to the city and spent the next thirty years in the Robson Valley. She met and married husband Mike in August 2003 at the family home in Darfield and witnessed the devastation of the wildfires that summer. Work took them north to Houston where Sandy combined her two interests, adult literacy and gardening, into a job with the literacy organization, Houston Link to Learning. As the Coordinator of the Houston Community Garden she worked with all ages and groups to provide a safe, inclusive space to learn about growing and harvesting food. She held this position for four years until her move to Clearwater. While in Houston, Sandy was actively involved in the community. A founding member of Healthy Options for People and the Earth Society, she initiated the Nutrition Coupon Program for the Pleasant Valley Community Market. Sandy is looking forward to establishing a garden, participating in the Clearwater Farmers Market and becoming involved in her new community.
Gina Walchuck - My name is Gina Walchuck, I am married to my husband Barry and we have two grown sons. I have lived in Clearwater for the last 29 years. I was self employed in the Convenience Store/Gas bar business for many years. In the year 2000, I was hired by Interior Savings credit Union as a Teller and most recently, in 2010, became Branch Manager. I own and raise Arabian horses and am active in the horse community, particularly the local 4-H club. I believe that it is important to be actively involved in our community and am pleased to be on the Board of the North Thompson Communities Foundation.