Board of Directors
We are grateful for the ongoing commitment and guidance from our current Board of Directors, as well as those who supported CHA in the past. We acknowledge the different perspectives represented by our Board Members whose contribution helped to advance our goals and visions for change.
Monica Finn has worked and lived in the Cowichan Valley for over 15 years. Her work as a librarian at Vancouver Island Regional Library has informed her interest in affordable housing and evidence-driven policy. She spends her free time fighting invasive plants and walking her dog.
Jane has over 25 years experience in business and government management roles, and currently runs a vacation rental business in the Cowichan Valley. She is a strong advocate for individuals impacted by the affordable housing crisis and is deeply passionate about this work.
Mark moved to the Cowichan Valley in 2013 from Canmore with his wife Danielle and two children. Shortly after moving to the area, not only did he start his own Structural Engineering business (Buepoint Consulting Ltd.), but he and his wife also adopted a sibling group of four, quickly expanding their family. In his spare time, Mark likes to ride his motorcycle, play music, and hang out with his family. Mark is passionate about affordable housing and is eager to use his expertise in Structural Engineering to reduce homelessness and to promote social equity.
A long time resident of the Cowichan Valley, Patricia’s past work included a variety of government roles as well as being a small business owner. She is an avid hiker, horseback rider, and loves spending time with her family and dog, Izzy.
Bob has an extensive knowledge in Real Estate, both as a Residential and Commercial Real Estate agent and a director of the Real Estate Board. Following his retirement in 2018, Bob served as a Duncan City Councilor. He has been a resident of the Cowichan Valley for over 30 yrs and continues to be committed to the issues surrounding safe and affordable housing for all.
Qwuy’um’aat brings over 7 years of Indigenous related experience working in non-profits, local government, and First Nations governance. She brings experience and expertise in community engagement, communications, housing, and human resources. She has most recently completed a Masters of Community Planning and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration along with a Certificate in First Nations Housing Management. She is a member of Cowichan Tribes and has strong connections with the Cowichan community and territory.
Qwuy'um'aat (Eyvette) Elliot
Alana moved to the Cowichan Valley in 2008 with her husband and two sons, and instantly felt connected to the community. Serving others is a core value of hers, and being able to do so through the vital human need of housing is an honour. Alana’s work history includes running a custom cake business, music teacher, and pastor in a church. She has just completed an MBA with a focus on Not for Profit Organizations.
Bob is a father of seven beautiful children and now has seven grandchildren and counting. He has experience in business and was the Mayor and Town Councillor for Lake Cowichan for the past twelve years. Bob believes housing for everyone is not impossible, we just need to design and build a system that believes this is possible!
Jason has worked within the local government for over 20 years throughout Vancouver Island and brings a strong understanding of the challenges many face in finding affordable housing. He is passionate about building strong and healthy connections within the community to support all individuals in their right to safe and accessible housing.
Tom Strong moved to the Cowichan Valley in the summer of 2019, retiring from a career as a Professor of Counselling Psychology at the University of Calgary. Originally born and raised on Vancouver Island, moving back meant encountering an unexpected and alarming degree of homelessness. Homelessness and mental health problems go hand in hand so being involved in addressing homelessness seemed one way of contributing to big picture wellness issues here in the Cowichan Valley.