Jennifer Ostle, Jacqueline McKenna, Donna Houssin, Danielle Winter, Kelsey DenToom, Tamara Currell, Tev Drinkwater, and Peter McHardy
Jennifer was born and raised in Ladysmith BC. She has obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology at Malaspina University College and a Master of Arts Degree in Applied Legal Studies at Simon Fraser University. Jennifer is a commissioned Notary Public and practices in Ladysmith and surrounding areas.
She has experience on several other executive boards and she is excited to bring her skills and knowledge and enthusiasm to the Ladysmith Family and Friends board of Directors.
In her spare time Jennifer enjoys outdoor activities such as running, hiking and mountain biking. She also enjoys time with family and friends.
Kelsey DenToom moved to Ladysmith in October 2005 with her family. She and her husband of 31 years worked in the area and they have two children who are young adults starting careers of their own. Kelsey has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology as well as financial planning and lending courses. In past years she has worked with children as a curling and softball coach. Professionally, she has working in many fields from managing non-profit organizations to being a Teacher on Call in the Powell River School District. Kelsey and her husband retired in 2016.
When Kelsey was asked to join the LaFF Board of Directors, she spent time with the Executive Director to find out more about the organization. Liking what she saw and learned about the diversity of LaFF, Kelsey joined the Board in 2013. She has served two terms as the Secretary, one as Treasurer and in 2017/2018 will hold the position of Vice President. Kelsey enjoys public speaking so is involved in promoting LaFF in our community as well as volunteering her time with fundraising events. She believes in giving back to an organization that does so much for families and children. Seeing the smiles on the face of a child or a caregiver is worth every effort we make to promote or run a successful program.
I was born and raised in Northern Alberta, and attended the University of Lethbridge obtaining my Bachelor of Management degree. I have been employed in the financial services industry in a variety of capacities, most recently in a brokerage firm.
My husband and I moved to Ladysmith in 2006, we purchased a 100 year old house and began a big renovation project. In 2009 we welcomed our son, this is when I had the opportunity to become involved with LaFF. As a new parent and recently out of the work force on maternity leave, it was a great way to connect and meet other parents as well as a place for my son to explore and play. We have enjoyed many of Santa’s Breakfast’s and continue to make it part of our Christmas traditions.
Being a board member of LaFF provides me with an opportunity to give back to a community that offers so much for families, and was such a valuable resource for our family.
In my leisure time I enjoy walking the Holland creek trail and spending time at the many beaches around Ladysmith.
Tevel Drinkwater and his wife Marcy moved to Ladysmith from Kitimat in 2010, when he accepted a position at the Harmac Pulp Mill. Tevel is an Instrumentation and Control Technician (Industrial Instrument Mechanic) and did his schooling in Burnaby at BCIT. He’s born and raised in BC, and enjoys being closer to family on the island. He’s definitely an islander now, since he can hold forth for about half an hour itemizing all the problems with BC Ferries and how to fix them.
Since settling in Ladysmith they’ve welcomed two more children to their family. Ladysmith Family and Friends has been an indispensable and rewarding part of their adjustment to living in a new community. They’ve made lifetime friendships and gained so much support through LaFF, it’s programs, and fundraising events. Through increasing involvement as a volunteer, Tevel has now accepted a position on the Board. He is looking forward to helping pay forward some of what he has gained through LaFF.
A little bit about myself: I’ve lived in the Ladysmith community for 20 years and now raising my own family here. My husband Jesse and I have been married for 5 years and have two daughters 4 years and 1 1/2. In 2009 I completed my Child and Youth Care degree from VIU. From 2010 to 2013 I worked as a facilitator at LaFF. I have worked at Ladysmith Parks, Recreation and Culture for 15 years and my current position is Early Years, Children and Youth Programmer. I enjoy all sports, spending time with family and friends and gardening.
Why I joined the LaFF board: I’ve had the unique experience of working in the LaFF program and attending the program as a Mother and Auntie. Being apart of the board is a little way I can give back for the many opportunities the program has given me. We are so lucky to have this amazing program in Ladysmith, it is one of my passions to see LaFF flourish and help families keep building connections.
Donna first came to Vancouver Island in 1989. Finishing High School in Nanaimo and taking the Greenhouse Horticulture Program at Malaspina College (now VIU) before venturing off the Island again to embark on a career in Horticulture. Working both on and off the Island over the years, she found home in the Ladysmith area in 2009. Wanting to provide a stable home and sense of community for her daughter as she approached her high school years.
Over the years, Donna befriended many who used LaFF when their children were small and was always intrigued by the programming provided. In 2016, she helped found 100+ Women Who Care Mid Island and LaFF was their first recipient; receiving $10,300 in donations. Donna serves on this group as their Donations Coordinator. With a strong sense of giving back to the community that helped to raise her own daughter; Donna was approached to join the Board of LaFF and has graciously accepted this this year.
In her spare time, Donna enjoys the great outdoors. From gardening to hiking and kayaking; she can often be found avoiding house work in this way. She also enjoys her time on the water as a member of the Ladysmith Dragon Boat Team, Poetry in M’Ocean.
I have lived in Ladysmith all of my 33 years. I can honestly say I’m extremely proud of where I’m from. The town means a lot to me and I’ve always wanted to give back in some way that I can. LaFF has been a huge part of my children’s lives, and has helped me out hugely in finding the support systems such as CDC that I needed with my children. It’s a place where I feel when you have a questions, any question, regarding your children they have your back and help with words of support , finding the numbers you need or leading you to the right direction. It was because of LaFF that I was able to watch and realize my oldest son was different from the rest (as he was my first born and didn’t know what children did in each stage), LaFF lead me to the places I needed to go which helped to discover and diagnose my boy, so we can have the answers and research and learn together in how to help him along his way. The LaFF members have become a second family to us that obviously mean a lot therefor when the opportunity approached to join the board it was a no-brainer to give back to the community in a group where I have a lot of heart and am excited to share my dreams and ideas for LaFF with such a splendid team to work for.
Outside of the LaFF board I’m a proud mother of four , two boys and two girls. I spent two years at VIU to originally become a teacher , but ended up taking the pulp and paper program that lead me to working in news print at the Crofton Pulp and Paper Mill where I have been since 2005. I am blessed to have the majority of my family residing in Ladysmith still, or near by communities. For mommas time to her self, I play on the Ladysmith ladies soccer team. I have a country heart and enjoy anything outdoorsy, love being in the wilderness or swimming in the sea day or night, that’s usually the place to find me. I enjoy many crafts, building and I write many children stories.
Peter retired in 2014 with 46 years of experience to start up his own Consulting Company, PEMAC & ASSOCIATES INC., and still enjoy the benefits of retirement. His career spans across administration, property management, acquisitions, construction project management, electrical, environmental, occupational health & safety, staff development, leadership coaching, strategic planning, not for profit associations, leadership and team building.
Born and raised in Montreal he and Alma are high school sweethearts. They were married in 1971 and have 2 adult girls. They moved to Calgary in 1999 and then to Ladysmith/Cedar in 2014. The adjustment was easy and seamless other than what he calls “an adjustment to Island time” which is now, just part of quality island living.
Being a people person and as a result of an extraordinary experience on how his daughter was welcomed into the Ladysmith community by the City Manager it was apparent that this would be a community to be part of, which was further confirmed through a meeting with Duck Patterson who suggested possible involvement with LaFF for their community role with families and children 0 to 6. Peter confided that after sponsoring the LaFF golf tournament and working with the board on a strategic business plan it was just a matter of time before getting even more involved.
Life is about giving back, without conditions, each one of us can make a difference for the next generation. Simply put it’s a choice.