We are a management board comprised of 11 skilled, dedicated and passionate people from Alberta and British Columbia - each connected and committed to the life and community of Naramata Centre and its Society.
Together, our board team brings a wealth of experience in leadership, finances, visioning, business planning, productivity, communication, human resources management, and more. Our current work is to determine what Naramata Centre Society is, now, and what we are called to do for, and with, its people. We are honoured to be doing this work.
Barb Green [Edmonton AB]
On her first trip to Naramata Centre, Barb felt she had found her spiritual home. That scheduled one-week visit became two, when both Barb and her son, Kevin, simply could not leave after just seven days! Joyful Naramata summer weeks followed yearly, leaving Barb feeling nurtured and renewed and Kevin inspired to grow and to serve as summer staff. Having witnessed the positive effect on her son, Barb wants Naramata Centre to be there for future generations and looks forward to working with the Board toward this objective. Following her nursing career, Barb pursued education in public relations that led to a senior communications position with a large organization. Among other responsibilities, she developed communications materials for various audiences including the organization's 10,000 members, government, media and the public. Recently retired, Barb enjoys life-long learning, time in nature, working in her garden and travel.
Barb Hatfield [Calgary AB]
Barb has 50 years of experience with Naramata Centre. She has participated in decades of summer programming, attended Winter Session, coordinated Summer Staff and served the Board on special subcommittees. Barb is an experienced educator who taught for 30 years with the Calgary Board of Education. Nurtured, challenged, and empowered by the United Church, she has served in numerous capacities on the National, Conference and local levels. Barb has born witness to significant change over the years and is humbled to have the opportunity to facilitate cooperation and reconciliation in this time of transformation. She hopes to help build community, foster transparency, nurture trust, and liaise between the board and the constituents. Barb’s passion lies in the creative process: she finds joy and personal fulfillment in journaling, visual & fabric arts, music, photography, and in designing creative learning experiences for others.
Doug Woollard, Chair [Delta BC]
Doug recently retired from a senior executive position with a BC Crown Corporation. Trained as a social worker Doug has worked most recently with people with developmental disabilities and their families. Doug has experience in human resources, financial management, contract negotiation and leadership. He is a skilled communicator having taught a course at the BC Justice Institute and havinglead many training courses. Doug has worked in government, the private sector and in the non-profit world. Doug’s association with the Centre began as a child when he moved to the NCLTS (Naramata Christian Leadership training school) in 1953 with his parents. Doug attended winter session, has lead a summer program, worked as summer staff and attended many summer programs over the years. Doug was previously on the board from 2004-2010 and was board chair from 2006-2009.
Jenne Newman [Calgary AB]
Jenne is a Creative Arts Psychotherapist in Calgary, where she collaborates with others in moments of vulnerability, accessing the strength of creativity to develop solutions and foster growth. Naramata Centre has been a core part of Jenne’s world for over 30 years. The Centre sparked a passion in Jenne for working with collaborative teams, creating visions, developing intergenerational programming, and finding creative ways to build community. In Jenne’s toolbox you will find past non profit board experience, community engagement projects, business management, and a resilient spirit. Her history at the centre includes program participation, winter session, workshop leadership and six years on summer staff. Naramata is the home of her heart and she is honoured to be actively involved in this moment of change. When taking a pause, Jenne finds joy in nature, quiet moments and discovering the wonders of the world with her family.
Jeremy Church [Bowen Island BC]
Jeremy is the Principal of Mountainside Secondary School in North Vancouver, which is an innovative and holistic alternative secondary school, supporting students with complicated educational and life journeys. Jeremy has been participating at Naramata for 25 years, and worked on summer staff 5 times from 1992-99. Jeremy is passionate about change process, and is excited to be able to offer his gifts and skills, many of which he gained through Naramata, during this exciting and challenging time for The Centre. Jeremy lives on Bowen Island with his wife, and 3 amazing daughters, and enjoys chopping wood, feeding chickens, and playing his guitar.
Mandy Robertson [Calgary AB]
Mandy is a Learning and Development Coordinator at the A.E.S.O. in Calgary, where she creates and fosters professional development and learning opportunities for her colleagues. She has a business and biology degree from St. Francis Xavier University and is currently taking courses at the University of Calgary towards a Human Resources certificate. When she thinks no one is looking, Mandy is a kitchen-dancer and car-singer. As a runner and downhill skier she spends as much time as possible in the mountains. She considers it a privilege to serve on the Board after being a participant of Naramata for 15 years and summer staff for three.
Pam Rinehart [Calgary AB]
Pam is a literacy coach with Calgary Reads where she works with parents, educators, corporate partners and the community at large striving to ignite a reading movement. Pam loves to engage community in conversations that matter. She has many years of experience volunteering and leading volunteer initiatives, including eight years of non profit board experience having previously served as a director on the boards of Naramata Centre and Social Venture Partners Calgary. Pam has attended Naramata Centre programs with her husband and three sons, family and friend for fifteen years. She has deep gratitude for the Centre and is honoured to serve on this board.
Sarah Thomas [Port Alberni BC]
Sarah is a community planning consultant in Port Alberni, BC. Sarah works with regional governments and non-profits to facilitate community engagement, build inter-agency partnerships, and develop stakeholder working groups to further sustainable resource management and environmental sustainability. She is passionate about creating spaces for spiritual connection, building community, and working to ensure inclusiveness for all. Having grown up in the United Church and spent many summers at Naramata, both as a participant and staff, Sarah is honoured to now serve on the Naramata Centre Society Board to further the mission and vision of the Centre. When not doing board work or organizing events, Sarah can be found hiking the local trails, biking around the city, or picking apples in the yard.
Sarah Vollett, Secretary [Vancouver BC]
Sarah is a Project Specialist at the Canadian Cancer Society (BC/Yukon Division), where she gets to combine her loves of technology and coaching by leading technological change initiatives - implementing new software and teaching coworkers how it can make their jobs easier. She also does lots of strategic reporting and financial trending for the Management and Board, and actually enjoys reading financial statements (honest!) Sarah's connection with Naramata is longstanding - she's a second-generation Winter Sessioner, worked on Summer Staff, and attended 18 years of summer programming with her family. Outside of work and Naramata, Sarah volunteers as a youth leader at Presbytery and Conference youth retreats, and is a performer and official keeping tracker-er with the Broadway Chorus of Vancouver musical theatre troupe.
Terrance Malkinson [Calgary AB]
Terrance is a multifaceted individual with an extensive background in journalism, communications, business analysis, futurist, and innovative applied research. His career path includes medical research at the University of Calgary, North American business proposal manager with the General Electric Company, logistics associate with Sears Canada, and research administrator with SAIT Polytechnic. Currently he is retired, but continues contributing to the community as a volunteer in a number of organizations locally, nationally, and internationally; including editorial boards, mentoring college and university post-secondary students, leading basic and applied research projects in health and wellness, philanthropic donor of student awards, and speaking at international conferences. He has earned many awards for his contributions and is the author of over 540 earned peer-reviewed publications. He is a long-time member of Wild Rose United Church in Calgary. In his spare time he is an endurance multi-sports athlete having completed eleven Ironman Triathlons and is an alumnus of Outward Bound Canada.
Terry Brunner [Naramata BC]
Terry and his wife Doreen have spent the last 38 years of summers and holidays in Naramata. Last year they both retired to Naramata and are now permanent residents. Terry’s career has been varied as he has worked for international companies (Finning, Fiat-Allis, Augustine Tyson) and has also owned his own business. During these years he has volunteered with the Business Improvement Areas (BIA) of Williams Lake and Langley (founding member), as a Board member at the Canadian Museum of Flight (two terms) and 10 years as Manager of the Museum (a non-profit organization). As a graduate of BCIT, mechanical engineering, Terry has taught upgrading courses for the Skeena District and has conducted numerous dealer development courses. During his years spent in Naramata, Terry has watched the rise and the fall of the Centre and feels that the Centre is an integral part of the community. He would be proud to help bring it back to life.