Board of Directors


Dylana Bloor (Chair) is a partner with Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP. She practices in the areas of commercial litigation and family law. Dylana joined Farris in 2001 and relocated from Vancouver to head up the litigation group in the Kelowna office in 2012. Ms. Bloor was appointed to the Board in April 2014.

Greg Garrard moved from the UK in 2013 to become Associate Professor of Sustainability in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at UBC Okanagan. He teaches and researches in the fields of environmental literature and human-animal studies, and he is a National Teaching Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. Mr. Garrard was appointed to the Board in May 2017.

Jessica Hedrick

Joanne McKechnie, retired, previously spent her career within the health care sector. She has served on a number of Boards, including the Kelowna Women’s Shelter and Rotoplast Canada. She now pursues her passion for creating glass art, and was appointed to the Board in April 2013.

June Nicolay

Lori Samuels

Candace Surette (Treasurer) is a Chartered Professional Accountant with Crowe MacKay, a north-western Canadian accounting firm. She works with small-to-medium sized business providing them accounting, tax and assurance services, but specializes in Accounting Standards for private Enterprises. Surette has been involved with the Alternator Center for Contemporary Art, first as a Treasurer and then as a Director at Large. She recently became an Associate to the Accounting Standards Board Private Enterprise Advisory Committee, and also likes to stay involved with Okanagan College (her alum) annually judging the College’s second-year business simulation competition. Ms. Surette was appointed to the Board in April 2016.

Stoke Tonne has always had a passion for art as he majored with a BA in art history with a focus on architectural history in his undergraduate degree and went on to graduate with a Masters in Architecture. He has woven his love of art into his business of design and works daily as an architect at improving the quality of the public realm. He lives in the Heritage District and practices in downtown Kelowna and is committed to enhancing the vibrancy downtown core with recent projects such as the Kelowna Yacht Club and the Okanagan Centre for Innovation. Mr. Tonne was appointed to the Board in May 2017.

Susan van Unen is a Human Resources Professional, Trainer, Coach, and Facilitator employed with KF Aerospace. Susan is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CHRP), and a Certified Executive Coach (CEC). Previously she held several positions on the Southern Interior Advisory Board for the BC and Yukon Human Resources Management Association and on the Board of her daughters Elementary School Parents Association in the Netherlands. Ms. van Unen was appointed to the Board in May 2017.

Joanna Wrzesniewski (Past Chair) is a lawyer who has practiced as a solicitor in Kelowna since 2002 after graduating from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Science (Genetics) and Juris Doctor (law degree). Joanna joined the law firm of Kimmitt & Co. in 2002 and became partner with R. Patrick Kimmitt in 2007. Joanna is now the proprietor of the law firm Kimmitt Wrzesniewski. Joanna has travelled extensively through the world and speaks Polish, English, French and Spanish. Her most recent travel this winter was through Vietnam and Cambodia. Ms. Wrzesniewski was appointed to the Board in April 2014 and is the Board President.

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