Past Board Members

NTCF Board of Directors
2023/2024 Board Members 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.
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.
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.