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2023- 2024 Board of Directors

President:

Jon Ferebee

Jon is a former broadcaster who has lived in the South Okanagan since 1994 and currently lives in Naramata. After a 30 year career in radio the last 25 years based at SUN FM and EZ Rock in Penticton where he was both News Director and Program Director. He retired from radio in September of 2017 and joined the Naramata Fire Department. He is a long time Director on the board of the South Okanagan Children’s Charity, currently in the role of President. He is also Vice President of the Naramata Fire Department Charitable Society. Jon is the father of two adult children and has one grandson, and his been married to his wife Natalie since 2001.

Past President:

Colleen Caron

Colleen has volunteered with CMHA for over 6 years; she has previous board experience with non profits and government boards. She lives in Penticton, loves the weather and the people.

Vice President:

Ernie Blumke
Marketing Manager (retired)

Ernie is a Certified Marketing Manager with over 40 years experience in broadcasting, marketing, and advertising. A strong believer in community support, he has sat on Boards/Committees that include the Penticton Peach Festival Committee, Snowbirds Association, Penticton Tourism, and as President and Past President of the Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce, and President of the Penticton Board of Trade. Since moving to the Okanagan in 1980, he has raised one son and two step-sons and is “gramps” to six grandchildren. He is proud and honoured to serve on the CMHA Board.

Treasurer:

Directors:

George Elliott

Town Councilor

George has 40+ years of experience in Media/Marketing and is currently a full time freelance writer.  He and wife Brenda reside in Princeton BC where he has served countless years on many different non-profit organization boards.  He was elected to Princeton Town Council in 2018.

Ray Skea

Retired Naval Officer

Ray left the navy in 2016 to join the Canadian Public Service, moving to Penticton in the summer of 2020. He is in the process of completing his Masters in Business Administration.  Ray knows mental health is essential and often ignored and is eager to give back to his community by volunteering and supporting mental health awareness and treatment.

Lindsey Richardson

Lindsey Richardson, lawyer with Jaimie Kidston Law Office, has always called the Okanagan home and is happy to be building her legal career in Penticton. Lindsey enjoyed more than six years working in the Okanagan wine industry prior to obtaining her Juris Doctor. Lindsey is a past board member of the Naramata Bench Wineries Association and has volunteered with many local organizations over the years. Outside of the office, Lindsey enjoys a good book and spending time outdoors with her spouse and toddler.

Tracy Van Raes

Tracy Van Raes is the Manager of Marketing and Community Relations for Total Restoration and in her 6th year as a Trustee for the Board of Education for School District 67. She volunteers her time on many boards and community programs including CMHA – South Okanagan Similkameen, SOWINS and is the Chair of the Starfish Pack Program – a program which supports children with food security in our community.

Andre Martin

Now a retired business owner that has served on 11 various volunteer boards throughout the South Okanagan since 1990. Andre also led the Penticton Herald for 15 of the 23 years he worked there, served as City of Penticton Councilor and Regional District Board member from 2014 to 2018, Chaired two Peer to Peer Development Groups in the Okanagan and most recently sold his business Minuteman Press & Signs.

Sarah Andrews

Sarah is a CPA with over 10 years experience in public practice accounting. Sarah moved to Penticton in 2020 and has settled on Apex Mountain. Sarah is looking forward to building her accounting career in Penticton and is honoured to be on the Board of Directors for CMHA.

Leah Schulting
Executive Director

Mary Ferrier
Executive Assistant

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