About Us

We believe that our community is stronger when every member is valued and supported. Using the power of philanthropy, the Squamish Community Foundation (SCF) is committed to enriching the quality of life for those who live, work and play here. Together, we can build a healthy and vibrant community.

Our Vision

A vibrant and caring community where everyone belongs.

Our Mission

The mission of the Squamish Community Foundation is to enhance the quality of life in Squamish by:

  • Inspiring giving and connecting donors to community causes they value
  • Investing grants in people, groups and community impact
  • Building community knowledge, engagement and leadership

Board of Directors

The SCF’s volunteer Board of Directors are the lifeblood of our organization. This group of dedicated and passionate individuals brings diverse perspectives and varied organizational and professional expertise to the table. We currently have 10 board members, each serving a three-year term to a maximum of two terms (or six years total).

Nominations for vacant Director positions are welcomed at the Annual General Meeting, which is typically held every October.

Interested in joining the Board or volunteering in another role with the Squamish Community Foundation? Contact info@squamishfoundation.com for information.

Meet Our Current Board of Directors

Suzie Soman

President

Suzie moved to Squamish from Smithers, BC with her husband, Les, and three children in 2001. Suzie comes to the Squamish Community Foundation with over 25 years’ experience working in community services. Community service has been a part of her life since her mom was the executive director for the Girls Club of El Cajon in San Diego, California back in the late 70’s. Suzie firmly believes she is the person she is today because of her roots in community services and involvement in programs like those that the Squamish Community Foundation supports.
Suzie is a Front-Line Support Worker for the Howe Sound Women’s Centre in the Drop-In and Transition House. She is also a specialized resource worker in the Supported Pathways pilot project, a program to connect Sexual Assault survivors to positive community supports. Previously, Suzie worked with Sea to Sky Community Services for 18 years in a variety of roles. Most notably, she supported the growth of the early child development programs to serve hundreds of children and families, as well as building relationships with the SD48 to operate childcare programs in our local schools.
Suzie continues to serve children and families in her work with the Community Action Program for Children Society as their board treasurer. Dedicated to providing sexual health education for all, she previously served on the board for Options for Sexual Health for over 19 years where she worked tirelessly to advocate for sexual health education in our schools from kindergarten to grade 12.
Relationships are key when working with people, and Suzie is looking forward to building new relationships on this board and with the community to enhance the scope and reach of SCF’s. When Suzie is not at work or volunteering, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family and most of all her eight grandchildren. She loves travel, live music, hiking and spending time in her garden.

Rob Weys

Vice President

Rob has lived in Squamish for over 16 years with his wife Jill and three boys. They decided to live and raise their family in Squamish for its affordability, nature, activities, and proximity to Vancouver and Whistler.
Rob has extensive experience in business development, management, operations, and marketing. He manages his own business development company; launching startups, concepts, and products. Additionally, he has been a partner in a number of local small businesses. He also worked for a number of established multi-nationals in various executive roles.
He has worked closely with federal agencies, provincial ministries, municipalities, foundations, charities, and numerous chamber of commerce groups throughout the province. In addition, to his current role on the Squamish Community Foundation, he is a board member of the Squamish Chamber of Commerce, Squamish Youth Soccer Association, and North Shore Youth Soccer Association.
Rob’s past roles include: Director at Surfrider Foundation and Tantalus Wellspring Society; as well as a member of the Squamish Breakfast Club.

Carol Coffey

Secretary

Carol has been working in the nonprofit sector in Sea to Sky country since 2003. Carol is passionate about community, animal welfare and ecology. She entered the non-profit sector when she took the Executive Director role at Whistler Animals Galore (WAG) who, at that time, was not sure they could pay her. She stayed anyway. At WAG, Carol learned about the scarcity of resources that exist for grassroots community groups trying to turn things around for vulnerable individuals. This experience led her to the Executive Director position at Community Foundation of Whistler where she stayed for 7 years, driven by a desire to support small groups doing good work. Carol co-lead the Whistler Vital Signs initiative where she developed a passion for community engagement. She now works for Squamish Helping Hands Society, excited to now be working in the community that has been home for 17 years. Carol loves community foundations and being able to take a holistic view of community development so she is contributing to the Squamish Community Foundation’s Vital Signs.

Doug Hackett

Director

Doug has lived with his family in Squamish since 1990. He is an avid outdoor photographer and an aspiring wood turner.
Doug has served in public office as an elected School Trustee in the Howe Sound School District, and serves on various boards, both locally and nationally; including the Squamish Arts Council, the Squamish Library Board and the Freight Forwarders Association of Canada. Doug has been part of the Squamish Community Foundation since 2012— as a Director for six years and as Coordinator of Neighbourhood Small Grants for the past two years.
“My proudest achievement with Squamish Community Foundation is helping bring the Neighbourhood Small Grants program to Squamish. This program is truly community building. It allows anyone (children, adults young and old) to apply for a small grant that will bring their neighbours together and build strong connections.”

Dave Sweeney

Director

Dave has lived in Squamish for most of his life. He is married to his wife Donna, they’re proud to have three lovely daughters: Amy, Danielle and Jamie. His time in Squamish has afforded him the opportunity to become involved in many valuable groups. Dave is most proud of his role in Squamish Fire Rescue as a Volunteer Firefighter since 1984. He retired from SFR in 2019 after 35 years of service.
He’s also passionate about sports and has been a coach for Squamish Youth Soccer Association, where he dedicated 10 years coaching girls rep teams. Additionally, he is a former Board Trustee For Sea to Sky Community Services and the Squamish Community Foundation.
Professionally, Dave started his Financial Planning practice in 1994, which he and his team have run for over 29 years.

Rob MacLeod

Director

A resident of Squamish for the last 19 years, Rob has been involved in the community in many levels through being a Director of the Squamish Chamber of Commerce, the Squamish Oceanfront Development Corporation, SORCA, the Squamish Hospital Foundation, and now the Squamish Community Foundation.
Rob is a CPA and leads a team of professional accountants at MacLeod & Company, CPAs advising small- to medium-sized business in the Sea to Sky Corridor.

Jill Carter

Director

Originally from Toronto, Jill started Real Estate early working for a large developer on waterfront Condos in Squamish. She moved out west after university to explore Whistler Mountains and ski, and after 5 years in Whistler working in the Hotel Industry, the Sea to Sky Corridor became home. In 2004, Jil moved to Squamish and started her career in Real Estate with RE/MAX Sea to Sky and seventeen years later with two children ages 17 and 13, she has not looked back. Jill has been a top producing realtor since 2004, maintaining Medallion Status for over 15 years as well as Lifetime Achievement Award and Platinum Award. Jill is passionate about the Sea to Sky Corridor and is active in local community events while sitting on the Board of the Squamish Community Foundation as well as volunteering with Squamish Minor Hockey Association. Jill has raised her family in the Corridor and is passionate about the future of this community and sharing this with her clients.

Mark Joedicke

Director

Originally from Nova Scotia, Mark has lived in BC since 2007 and is grateful to call Squamish home for the past five years. Initially transferred out West for a 2-year job opportunity, Mark fell in love with the climate, the mountains, the adventure activities and later his wife Laura. Having run a small business and worked for three Fortune 500 companies across three different industries over the past 16 years, Mark has accrued significant awards and experience specializing in Business Development, Strategic Sales and Account Management. Since moving to Squamish, Mark and his wife have had two children (Elliott and Casey) and are looking to put down long-term roots. He loves Squamish’s awesome and unique community and wants to help strengthen this using the skills he has acquired in the for-profit sector as a Director for the Squamish Community Foundation.

Cam Sherk

Director

Cam has lived in Squamish for almost 10 years originally moving from North Vancouver to start a business. He has enjoyed watching the community grow during this time and looks forward to being on the board of the Squamish Foundation to assist in helping the foundation grow so it can continue to provide valuable assistance to the community in the long term.

Karen Clarke

Executive Director

Karen holds a degree in Anthropology and a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Community Economic Development. After working internationally for 4 years in Ghana, West Africa, Karen moved to Squamish in 2004 where she worked with the Howe Sound Women’s Centre for two years. From 2006 to 2014, Karen was the Vancouver Coastal Health Community Developer for the Sea to Sky Corridor. This opportunity offered Karen a deeper understanding of local people and services supporting their communities throughout the Corridor. After holding a few different positions at Sea to Sky Community Services for a number of years, Karen worked as Manager of Outreach Services until July 2020 where she found fulfillment in creating an environment of support and positive relationships for staff who provide many essential services. Karen’s fundraising experience includes an off-road bicycle ride across Canada with a team of 4 women raising money for and promoting the YWCA’s ‘Week Without Violence.’
Finding a healthy work-life balance is important to Karen and when she is not working, you can find her biking or hiking on the local trails, paddling or packing up her blended family to go on an adventure that usually involves tents and a camp stove.
Karen is excited to be a part of the Squamish Community Foundation to help deepen its relational roots in this community and to assist in the growth of its philanthropic contributions and continuing support for non-profit activities in Squamish.

Contact: kclarke@squamishfoundation.com

Pamela Duynstee

Project Manager

Originally from Ontario, Pam has been based in Squamish since 2016, drawn to the mountain lifestyle and endless outdoor sports.
With a background in international development and sustainable tourism, Pam is passionate about engaging the community and making a difference for the people and the environment in Squamish.
Her role with SCF includes marketing and administration. Pam is leading the development of the marketing and communications strategy, aimed at building brand presence within the community, sharing important stories of funded projects, and showcasing the role of the Squamish Community Foundation.
In her work, Pam contributes project management and communications skills to the tourism industry and is currently managing program development for Sustainable Tourism Canada's certification programs. She also runs her own travel company, Mosaic Earth, offering guided educational travel in remote parts of BC.

Vital Signs

Vital Signs is a locally led initiative by the Squamish Community Foundation and other  community foundations across Canada. Vital Signs research and reports are used by residents, businesses, community organizations, and government leaders to learn about and understand community needs, take action and to direct resources where they will have the greatest impact.

See Vital Signs Resources

View Our Financial Reports

Please take a moment to review our annual financial reports for the SCF’s recent financial activity. To view older Financial Reports, please contact info@squamishfoundation.com.

Brand Usage Guidelines

How to Use Our Logo and Brand Assets

We love it when grantees and donors use our logo in their communications about community projects and collaborations, but we also want to protect the integrity of our brand identity. Before using our branding, please have a read through our brand usage guidelines to better understand the correct ways to use our logo and brand assets.

We believe that our community is stronger when every member is valued and supported. Using the power of philanthropy, the Squamish Community Foundation (SCF) is committed to enriching the quality of life for those who live, work and play here. Together, we can build a healthy and vibrant community.

Our Vision

A vibrant and caring community where everyone belongs.

Our Mission

The mission of the Squamish Community Foundation is to enhance the quality of life in Squamish by:

  • Inspiring giving and connecting donors to community causes they value
  • Investing grants in people, groups and community impact
  • Building community knowledge, engagement and leadership

Board of Directors

The SCF’s volunteer Board of Directors are the lifeblood of our organization. This group of dedicated and passionate individuals brings diverse perspectives and varied organizational and professional expertise to the table. We currently have 10 board members, each serving a three-year term to a maximum of two terms (or six years total).

Nominations for vacant Director positions are welcomed at the Annual General Meeting, which is typically held every October.

Interested in joining the Board or volunteering in another role with the Squamish Community Foundation? Contact info@squamishfoundation.com for information.

Meet Our Current Board of Directors

Darren Roberts, President

While he’s originally from the UK, Darren prefers to work and play in the mountains of British Columbia; happily calling Squamish home.
“Since moving to this amazing part of the world, it’s hard to imagine a more beautiful place to live. The decision on where you choose to live is so important. A positive work-life balance, combined with a positive attitude, is key when you’re juggling multiple responsibilities and making sound business decisions."
Darren is passionate about philanthropy, having spent four years heavily involved with the Community Foundation of Whistler. He’s excited to be part of the Squamish Community Foundation.
As a self-directed executive with extensive experience in business development, strategic marketing, sales operations and project management, Darren is quick to absorb new trends with a special focus on strategy. He has a proven track record of increasing profitability, achieving market leadership and restructuring operations in both start-ups and growth organizations.
In his current role as CEO/Producer of Racer Creative Inc., he's excited to be working in an industry that utilizes his strong skill set of leading creative teams while pushing the boundaries of art direction and storytelling.

Pamela Duynstee, Vice President

Originally from Ontario, Pam has been based in Squamish since 2016, drawn to the mountain lifestyle and endless outdoor sports.
With a background in international development and sustainable tourism, Pam is passionate about engaging the community and making a difference for the people and the environment in Squamish. On the marketing committee, Pam is leading the development of the marketing and communications strategy, aimed at building brand presence within the community, sharing important stories of funded projects, and showcasing the role of the Squamish Community Foundation.
In her work, Pam contributes project management and communications skills to the tourism industry and is currently managing program development for Sustainable Tourism Canada's certification programs. Previously, she worked in the expedition cruise industry growing partnerships and special projects in science, conservation, and education in the polar regions.

Carol Coffey, Secretary

Carol has been working in the nonprofit sector in Sea to Sky country since 2003. Carol is passionate about community, animal welfare and ecology. She entered the non-profit sector when she took the Executive Director role at Whistler Animals Galore (WAG) who, at that time, was not sure they could pay her. She stayed anyway. At WAG, Carol learned about the scarcity of resources that exist for grassroots community groups trying to turn things around for vulnerable individuals. This experience led her to the Executive Director position at Community Foundation of Whistler where she stayed for 7 years, driven by a desire to support small groups doing good work. Carol co-lead the Whistler Vital Signs initiative where she developed a passion for community engagement. She now works for Squamish Helping Hands Society, excited to now be working in the community that has been home for 17 years. Carol loves community foundations and being able to take a holistic view of community development so she is contributing to the Squamish Community Foundation’s Vital Signs.

Doug Hackett, Director

Doug has lived with his family in Squamish since 1990. He is an avid outdoor photographer and an aspiring wood turner.
Doug has served in public office as an elected School Trustee in the Howe Sound School District, and serves on various boards, both locally and nationally; including the Squamish Arts Council, the Squamish Library Board and the Freight Forwarders Association of Canada. Doug has been part of the Squamish Community Foundation since 2012— as a Director for six years and as Coordinator of Neighbourhood Small Grants for the past two years.
“My proudest achievement with Squamish Community Foundation is helping bring the Neighbourhood Small Grants program to Squamish. This program is truly community building. It allows anyone (children, adults young and old) to apply for a small grant that will bring their neighbours together and build strong connections.”

Kate Brandon, Director

Kate is originally from rural northern Alberta but has called BC her home since 2006. Squamish was an easy place to settle into with great access to skiing, hiking, and biking.
She shares a passion for community engagement and helping others which made joining Community Foundations a natural fit. She has always been interested in wildlife and conservation which lead her to major in primatology at the University of Calgary. Although a long way off from studying primates and apes she transitioned her science degree over to the construction sector and has spent the past decade working on various projects providing Environmental and Sustainability support.
Kate likes to keep her passport well stamped, but often finds her best adventures right here in Squamish with her husband and two Alaskan Huskies.

Dave Sweeney, Director

Dave has lived in Squamish for most of his life. He is married to his wife Donna, they’re proud to have three lovely daughters: Amy, Danielle and Jamie. His time in Squamish has afforded him the opportunity to become involved in many valuable groups. Dave is most proud of his role in Squamish Fire Rescue as a Volunteer Firefighter since 1984. He retired from SFR in 2019 after 35 years of service.
He’s also passionate about sports and has been a coach for Squamish Youth Soccer Association, where he dedicated 10 years coaching girls rep teams. Additionally, he is a former Board Trustee For Sea to Sky Community Services and the Squamish Community Foundation.
Professionally, Dave started his Financial Planning practice in 1994, which he and his team have run for over 29 years.

Rob MacLeod, Director

A resident of Squamish for the last 19 years, Rob has been involved in the community in many levels through being a Director of the Squamish Chamber of Commerce, the Squamish Oceanfront Development Corporation, SORCA, the Squamish Hospital Foundation, and now the Squamish Community Foundation.
Rob is a CPA and leads a team of professional accountants at MacLeod & Company, CPAs advising small- to medium-sized business in the Sea to Sky Corridor.

Rob Weys, Director

Rob has lived in Squamish for over 16 years with his wife Jill and three boys. They decided to live and raise their family in Squamish for its affordability, nature, activities, and proximity to Vancouver and Whistler.
Rob has extensive experience in business development, management, operations, and marketing. He manages his own business development company; launching startups, concepts, and products. Additionally, he has been a partner in a number of local small businesses. He also worked for a number of established multi-nationals in various executive roles.
He has worked closely with federal agencies, provincial ministries, municipalities, foundations, charities, and numerous chamber of commerce groups throughout the province. In addition, to his current role on the Squamish Community Foundation, he is a board member of the Squamish Chamber of Commerce, Squamish Youth Soccer Association, and North Shore Youth Soccer Association.
Rob’s past roles include: Director at Surfrider Foundation and Tantalus Wellspring Society; as well as a member of the Squamish Breakfast Club.

Jill Carter, Director

Originally from Toronto, Jill started Real Estate early working for a large developer on waterfront Condos in Squamish. She moved out west after university to explore Whistler Mountains and ski, and after 5 years in Whistler working in the Hotel Industry, the Sea to Sky Corridor became home. In 2004, Jil moved to Squamish and started her career in Real Estate with RE/MAX Sea to Sky and seventeen years later with two children ages 17 and 13, she has not looked back. Jill has been a top producing realtor since 2004, maintaining Medallion Status for over 15 years as well as Lifetime Achievement Award and Platinum Award. Jill is passionate about the Sea to Sky Corridor and is active in local community events while sitting on the Board of the Squamish Community Foundation as well as volunteering with Squamish Minor Hockey Association. Jill has raised her family in the Corridor and is passionate about the future of this community and sharing this with her clients.

View Our Financial Reports

Please take a moment to review our annual financial reports for the SCF’s recent financial activity. To view older Financial Reports, please contact info@squamishfoundation.com.

Brand Usage Guidelines

How to Use Our Logo and Brand Assets

We love it when grantees and donors use our logo in their communications about community projects and collaborations, but we also want to protect the integrity of our brand identity. Before using our branding, please have a read through our brand usage guidelines to better understand the correct ways to use our logo and brand assets.