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

Chair

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.

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.

Rob MacLeod

Treasurer

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.

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.

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.

Mark McGrath

Director

Mark grew up in BC’s Lower Mainland and moved to Squamish with his wife Denise and son Noah in January 2019. He came with a desire to support the community and is honoured at the opportunity to do so through the generous work of the Squamish Community Foundation.
Mark is a personal finance expert, and for the past 12 years, he has held various roles as a Wealth Advisor and Financial Planner, primarily working with physicians and their families. He now works with David Sweeney and his team at Sweeney Bride Strategic Wealth Advisory and holds the Certified Financial Planner ®, Chartered Investment Manager®, and Chartered Life Underwriter® designations.
When not reading, writing, or helping clients with their financial goals, you can find him playing board games, guitar, and piano or pretending to know how to mountain bike and snowboard.

Christine Baker - TlatlaKwot

Director

Recipient of the “Chamber of Commerce – Bill Manson Citizen of the Year 2020” Award.
Christine (TlatlaKwot) is Squamish Nation member and has K’wakwaka’wakw blood through her families as well. She is a mother of four, with three grandchildren. She has worked for the Squamish Nation for over 35 plus years, from Receptionist to Housing Administrator to Project Coordinator to Employment Manager and now, Squamish Valley General Manager, for Yuustway Health / Ayas Men Men Child & Family Services.
Over the years, Christine (TlatlaKwot) has been actively involved with her community, from Parent Advisory to Football/Lacrosse manager/driver for her children to Community Involvement: Squamish Nation Trustee; Squamish Nation Election Commission, and now, presently involved with Squamish Hiyam Housing Society, Squamish Nation Housing Committee, Vancouver Native Housing Society (25 plus years) and is a Squamish Public Library Trustee, which keeps her busy and involved.
Presently as Manager, she has been helping her community with Program and Services offer through the Squamish Nation/First Nations Health Authority and downtown Squamish (Non-Profit Societies/local Governments) and gets involved with Community Events for Families and is really involved with the Elders/Community for the ‘Residential Schools experiences’ (she is First Generation Survivor) and Reconciliation.

Darren Roberts

Darren Roberts

Director

[Bio to come]

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 / Marketing

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.

Pam is the owner and director of Mosaic Earth Travel, a small-group travel company offering multi-day educational adventures in rural parts of British Columbia.

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.

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