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 work within the area and her two children are young adults starting careers of their own. Kelsey has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology as well as financial planning and lending courses. Currently she is working at a local Credit Union. 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.
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 is currently serving her second term as the Secretary. 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 a child’s face or a caregiver’s face is worth every effort we make to promote a program or make it a success.
After 25 enjoyable and productive years of living in Victoria, Colin and his wife decided to move to Ladysmith in 2005. They both wanted to be closer to their families who lived locally and they also wanted to start to prepare for retirement. Colin has spent many years, and continues to work in the computer and internet technology business primarily focused on helping businesses develop their potential and increase their businesses. Colin has been in several management positions over the past 25 years and has managed other peoples businesses as well as his own. He is a keen listener and enjoys working with groups of people.
He was asked to consider a board position earlier in the year, and after researching LaFF and gaining a deeper understanding of its purposes and goals, Colin decided to join as a board member. He felt that LaFF had many purposes and goals that were similar to his and he felt that his experience and energy could be best channelled in assisting the LaFF organization. He is delighted to be living in Ladysmith and working with such a dedicated and caring group of individuals who are all working toward the good of the community.
Cathleen McMahon moved to Ladysmith in 2008. She is a business consultant in Ladysmith and can be reached through Mission Management Group.
She is married with three children who attend all three schools in town. Two of her children were avid participants in LaFF’s early years’ programs.
McMahon started her career in the music industry as a private book keeper for individual musicians. After the birth of her daughter, she joined the team at Yaletown Financial Management. Her efforts and attention to detail earned her the position of Account Manager in under two years. Her portfolio included iconic Canadian bands, producers and singer/songwriters.
The Nimbus School of Recording Arts offered McMahon the position of Music Business Instructor in 2010 during a time when she was managing the career of a young woman who was fighting cancer, Megan McNeil. Cathleen managed McNeil’s career until her passing in January 2011; a marking highlight of her “Will To Survive” Campaign to raise awareness for childhood cancer was a performance of her song at the Music Therapy Ride with Chantal Kreviazuk.
Cathleen continues her work in the music industry as a music manager (Mission Management Group), label owner (Elbow Room Recordings) and as a FACTOR accredited juror. She is also a voting member of CARAS and she assists in both trying to help emerging music artists and professionals in their development and growth and working with an organization that identifies, promotes and rewards excellence within the Canadian music business, including through the Juno Awards and The Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
In 2015, McMahon took a year to help with another cause that is close to her heart. She tour managed The Ride Across Canada, an initiative raising awareness for Canadian veterans. She traveled with the Communities for Veterans Foundation as the veterans rode horseback from Victoria to St. John’s and coordinated over 200 fundraising events across the country.
Now that she has returned, Cathleen is focussing her attention on supporting opportunities in British Columbia for the music industry while raising her family here in 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.
Sue worked with special needs students for twenty years as an Education Assistant for School District 68. She has also worked with preschool children as a Daycare and Nursery School Supervisor. Sue gained invaluable experience as a mentor, both as the Director of Malaspina Daycare, and in the “Skills For Life Class” for students training at Vancouver Island University.
She and her husband share five adult children and four grandchildren. Now that Sue is retired, she is a regular participant in LaFF programming with one of her grandsons.
Sue brings a love of children’s literature to the LaFF Board, and along with Arlene Kulai was instrumental in selecting many of the books in LaFF’s collection. Sue has found her experience on the Board to be very rewarding, and she looks forward to helping meet the ever-evolving needs of LaFF.
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.