Board of Directors
Chilliwack Community Services is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors that reflect a range of backgrounds and community experience, and adheres to a governance model for boards. The Board plays a critical role in charting the course of the agency, establishing policy, overseeing financial decisions, spearheading fundraising events, and actively supporting the work of staff members. Board Directors are elected for a two-year term at the Annual General Meeting held in June.
As a resident of Chilliwack, Paul wants to be an active member of the community in making it a stronger and healthier place to live. Paul feels that this should be a goal of every resident of Chilliwack as we all benefit from a community with a solid foundation. Being a Board member of Chilliwack Community Services provides Paul the opportunity to give back to the community. Paul anticipates being a valued member of the Board by drawing on his education and past experiences. After receiving a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance and accounting, Paul joined one of the big five Canadian chartered banks. During his role of branch manager with the bank, Paul gained experienced in both financial and human management. After careful consideration, Paul decided to put his skills to greater use as an investment adviser at Odlum Brown within the community.
Luke was first elected to the Board in 2010.
Luke Zacharias moved to Chilliwack in 1976. He graduated from the University College of the Fraser Valley with a Bachelor of Arts (History) in 1999. He attended law school at the University of British Columbia and graduated with his Juris Doctor in 2002. Luke worked at a large law firm in Vancouver until May 2005. He returned to Chilliwack in May of 2005 and joined the law firm of Baker Newby. His present practice is focused on personal injury and commercial litigation.
Luke is an active member of the community of Chilliwack. He is a member of the Mt. Cheam Rotary Club and is on the board of directors for the Chilliwack Children’s Foundation. In his spare time, Luke enjoys spending time with his family, playing hockey, golfing, and weightlifting.
Rob was born and raised in Chilliwack, attended Bernard Elementary, AD Rundle and graduated from CSS in 1983.
Rob developed an interest in real estate at age 18, buying his first fixer-upper. A few houses later he obtained his real estate license at 23. After a successful career with over 1500 homes sold Rob joined management and eventually ownership of Re/max Nyda Realty in Chilliwack, Agassiz and Hope.
Rob enjoys giving back to the community including volunteering at Ruth & Naomi’s and serves as a director on the board of Chilliwack Community Services.
In his spare time Rob enjoys motorcycles, atv’s and performs in a 10 piece R&B charity band raising money for BC Children’s Hospital.
Following retirement from a full-time career with a major Canadian company as the Director of Marketing, Allan moved to Langley and within a few months found himself working on short-term projects in the not-for-profit field. This included coordinating a Food Safe program for the Surrey Food Bank and joining the Board of Directors of Langley Community Services. Allan served on that Board for six years. During his tenure he served as Treasurer for three years, Vice President for one year, chair of the Strategic Planning, Human Resources and Audit/Finance committees. It has been a rewarding time allowing him time to participate in building an organization that affects so many in a community. Allan also served as interim Executive Director for six months, while the Board conducted a search for an Executive Director. This period allowed him to better understand the scope of programming and to fully appreciate the hard work of staff to make them successful. Additionally, during this time assisted with the design and implementation of their new facility after the old one was destroyed by fire. Allan is married to Paulette and has two daughters, one living in Chilliwack and one in Whitehorse, and four grandchildren.
Corinne McCabe spent 36 years in the education field in Alberta and British Columbia as a teacher and school and district administrator. She and her husband, Ron Anton, moved to Chilliwack from Edmonton, in 2007, when she took on the role of Superintendent of Schools for the Chilliwack School District. Since her retirement in 2011 they have divided their leisure their time between traveling, spending time with to family, cycling, curling and golf. They are fortunate to have lots of company at their Chilliwack All-inclusive and enjoy showing off the lower mainland to their four children and numerous other prairie friends.
Corinne has been active in a number of volunteer roles in the community. She has been involved with The Chilliwack Healthier Community Initiative since its inception and is a member of the City of Chilliwack’s Housing First Task Team. Through her work with the School District she saw the important role that Chilliwack Community Services plays in the community. She joined the Board in 2014 because she wanted to support the excellent work done by staff in supporting each of their clients in reaching their potential. Her time on the Board has been a rewarding learning experience and has given her a greater understanding of the needs of the community and the challenges associated with a growing and changing community.
Gary joined the Board of Directors in early 2015. Gary was born in England but moved to Canada at a young age. He has now lived in Chilliwack for over 20 years and enjoys being an active member of the community. He is a member of the Mt. Cheam Rotary Club and has been involved with Chilliwack Youth Soccer. He graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Arts degree and he also earned his Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP) and Canadian Risk Management (CRM) designations. He has been working in claims management since 2002 at Hub International. Gary has been married to his loving wife, Melissa, for over 25 years. He has one daughter and a grandson that he cherishes.
Jason was born in Vancouver and moved to Chilliwack when he was 13. After graduating from Sardis Secondary School, he became a journeyman heavy duty mechanic with Finning Ltd. In 1992, he became a licensed realtor and added development of residential properties to his duties. Jason is currently a member of the Mt. Cheam Rotary Club, chairing different committees at different times. He has been involved in Chilliwack Minor Hockey as a coach as well as being on the Board of Directors, and volunteers at Ruth and Naomi's Mission. Jason has been married to Kathy for 23 years and they have a son, Broden. They have made their home in Chilliwack.
Peter was appointed to the Board in September 2012. Peter was born in Kelowna B.C. He received his BA from the University of Victoria and his Master of City Planning from the University of Manitoba.
Peter has worked in the area of City Planning and City Administration in seven western Canadian cities during his 27 year career. Peter has lived in Chilliwack on and off since 1994. He is married with 2 adult children and one grandchild. Peter is a member of the Chilliwack-Mount Cheam Rotary club and tries to golf in his free time.
Jessie was born in New Westminster but grew up in Chilliwack. Upon completion of secondary school, she attended the University of British Columbia (UBC) and obtained her Bachelor of Arts in 2011 majoring in psychology and minoring in First Nations studies. She continued her studies at UBC upon the acceptance into the Peter A. Allard School of Law.
Jessie joined Baker Newby in 2015 as an Associate. She works out of the Chilliwack office. Her main practice areas are Family Law, Personal Injury Law and Aboriginal Law. In her spare time, she surrounds herself with friends and family and enjoys spending time outdoors whether it is through dragon boating, hiking, swimming or snowboarding.
Jeff was born and raised in Collingwood Ontario, and has called Chilliwack home since moving to here in 2006. Since that time he has become very active in the community, being a former owner of Old Yale Brewing Company and current owner of TEKSMed Services Inc., both local Chilliwack businesses. Jeff obtained his Chartered Accountant designation in 2006, and is currently a Partner at Manning Elliott LLP. He sits on the Board of Directors of Xa’xtsa Development Corporation, Food for Famine Society and is a Big Brother.
Jeff is married to Pam and they have one daughter, Charlotte. In his spare time, Jeff loves to play squash, travel, spend time with friends and is an active participant in BC’s Craft Brewing Industry.