Danny Turner – Chair
Danny has an MBA with Distinction from Oxford University and is a member of the Entrepreneurs Organization Network (EO). He is currently an Executive-in-Residence for the Columbia Basin Trust Business RevUp Program. He consults and leads food hub and e-commerce food projects for several national food banners. Danny operates Just A Mere Organic Farm with his family and is a board member and internal auditor for PACS.
Tanya Wall – Vice Chair
Regional District of Central Kootenay – Area B Director Currently in her second term as the Director for Area B, Tanya has been involved in local government within the Creston Valley since 2008 also serving as a councillor for the Town of Creston for two terms. Professional background includes a vast degree of experience in the Environmental, Health and Safety field with over 20 years experience in manufacturing, construction, and forestry-related industries. In 2015 she took a passion leap into the world of hospitality and restaurant as a local entrepreneur with a focus on buy local and local food sustainability with a dedication to community collaboration. Tanya has always been a strong advocate in the community for agriculture sustainability and innovative incentives.
Jen Comer – Secretary/Treasurer
Regional District of Central Kootenays Director for the Town of Creston Jen is serving her second term as a Councillor with the Town of Creston, and previously served as RDCK Alternate Director for Area B from 2014 – 2018. She holds a BA Honours in Geography from the University of Victoria where she focused her studies on local community development, Geographic Information Systems and statistics. Since living in Creston, she’s been involved with Yaqan Nukiy Farms, Creston Valley Farmers’ Market, Fields Forward, Creston Tourism Society and the Creston Valley Economic Action Partnership, among others.
Cathy Finlay – Director
Cathy moved to Creston in the summer of 2020 after farming in Langley. Her and husband’s focus was to make their mixed-use farm in the Fraser Valley a destination for events and learning. They embraced a model of regenerative agriculture and invited people to come and have fun and learn there alongside them. Generally speaking, she said there were too many fun events and not enough weeding happening! However, they did receive a Chamber of Commerce award for most sustainable business and it has been a great learning experience for Cathy and her family. Cathy is excited to set up our new farming enterprise in Lister armed with that knowledge and she adds, (allegedly) having learned from our mistakes.
Outside of the farm, Cathy have written for Modern Agriculture magazine, was involved in the consultation for the Langley Food Hub, hosted Feast of Fields with Farm Folk City Folk, and contributed to the start-up of the Langley Farmers Institute. Cathy also has a degree in Social Work.
Jeff Lee – Director
Jeff Lee is the co-owner of Swan Valley Honey Ltd. and Honey Bee Zen Apiaries Ltd., the largest retail producer of local honey in the Kootenay region. It is based in Creston. Jeff is also a vice-president of the B.C. Honey Producers Association and worked for 40 years as a political and investigative journalist, the last 30 with The Vancouver Sun.
Kevin Murphy – Ex-Officio Board Member
Kevin is the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Regional Agrologist for the Kootenay region that serves as a non-voting board member of Fields Forward, based in Creston.
Brian Pealow – Director
Brian owns Pealow’s Independent Grocery store in Creston. Before moving to Creston, he managed other Loblaws stores in Ontario and British Columbia including City Market in Vancouver, providing him with an understanding of the different consumer attitudes to local food. He has a passion for local agriculture and entrepreneurs and buys local, in-season product for this store. He also assists farmers and food processors with gaining the tools needed to get into Loblaws stores in British Columbia. Brian advises us about consumer trends and what products are marketable in grocery stores. He has Bachelors of Business Administration from Trent University. He majored in finance and economics.