Board Members

NTCF Board of Directors

Left to Right: (Back row: Louise Lodge (Vice-Chair), Antoon Houben (Chair) , Gilles Leger, Rick Pesklevits (resigned), Franz Friesinger (resigned) Front row: Cheryl Thomas (Treasurer, Sandy Wetterstrom (Secretary/Grant Chair) , and Lisa Leger.

Cheryl Thomas - Cheryl is an independent business owner located in Clearwater. Cheryl has been an active supporter of the North Thompson Communities Foundation since it’s inception.
Being a Great-grandmother, grandmother, mother and wife are paramount reasons for Cheryl’s concerns for attaining a viable future – both monetary and physically sustainable – for future generations of North Thompson Valley residents.
Awareness of the many and varied not for profit groups, as well as keeping a finger on the pulse of those with charitable status, make Cheryl a citizen who continues to offer her expertise and often historical knowledge to help with the building of the Foundation. Her community involvement is ongoing,
Cheryl also sits on the finance, and information & communication committees and joins in many of the working group as they go about promoting the Foundation.
“When you feel you are contributing, in even the smallest of ways, to support the future generations, you’re able to feel ‘on top of the world’ with pride and gratitude for those other community members who are sharing the dream’’.
lisa legerLisa Leger - Lisa is originally from Victoria B.C. and currently resides in Avola. She has volunteered with various social and charitable organizations through the course of the last 17 years. Her interests include organic, heirloom gardening, spiritual growth, travelling, and outdoor adventure. Lisa is also the past chair person for the Avola Community Hall and Recreational Cooperative Association and keenly supports local Community Development within Avola and the North Thompson Valley. Additionally, she advocates animal rights, human diversity and a healthy , sustainable environment .
Gilles legerGilles Leger - Gilles has been a resident of Avola for 17 years. He loves to garden and grow organic heirloom vegetables and garlic. 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. He was involved with the Children's Ministry at his local church as well. 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.
Antoon Houben (Chair) - I spent my career working in the Information Technology field as a programmer, systems analyst, software architect and eventually as Vice President and CIO at a US Public Corporation. I am now retired and living in Barriere. I am active in the community having spent the last 7 years at the Barriere and District Food Bank, serving at NTVIC (now called the North Thompson Activity Centre), tutoring through the Partner Assisted Learning program run by Yellowhead Community Services, and have recently become a member of the Barriere Lions. I became a Director of the North Thompson Communities Foundation in 2019 and am currently serving as its Chair.
Sandy Wetterstrom - Sandy moved to Clearwater in 2013 and has been a member of the Board since that time, serving in the capacity of Grant coordinator since 2015 and most recently as Secretary. She is an avid gardener and brings with her a background in adult literacy and food security. Every Saturday she can be found at the Clearwater Farmers Market where she has coordinated the Nutrition and Coupon Program of the BC Association of Farmers Markets since 2014.
Louise Lodge (Vice Chair) - Louise has been a Director with the North Thompson Community Foundation since 2018. She grew up in Barriere and then moved to Vancouver to attend UBC. She pursued a career in teaching. She taught in Vancouver for 8 years before moving overseas as an Athletic Director for 16 years in Kuwait, Pakistan, Vietnam, and Egypt. Louise moved back to Barriere in 2016 and became an active member of the community volunteering as a coach at the high school, Director in the Barriere Outdoor Club and now the Vice Chair of the North Thompson Community Foundation. Louise’s passions include travel, softball, golf and gardening.
Alex Peterson - I am a newly appointed Director on the Board. I was raised in Barriere and had a long and rewarding involvement with the 4-H organization. I have worked at my family's business, Barriere Country Feeds for 11 years and have continued my involvement within the agricultural community. I have studied at VIU and TRU and am happy to now be a new elementary school teacher at the Neqweyqwelsten School. I am looking forward to serving my community and others within the North Thompson Valley.