Board Members

NTCF Board of Directors

Left to Right: (Back row: Louise Lodge, Antoon Houben (Vice-Chair) , Gilles Leger, Rick Pesklevits, Franz Friesinger (Chairperson) Front row: Cheryl Thomas, Sandy Wetterstrom ( 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 15 years. Her interests include organic, heirloom gardening, spiritual growth, travelling, and outdoor adventure. Lisa is also the 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 13 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. 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.
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.