Board & StaffThe Mission Community Foundation is grateful to the contributions of its Board of Directors and Staff
2017 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
A short bio for each of the directors follows.
Rosemary Nemanishen - Board Chair
(2013 – 2020)
Rosemary and her husband have lived in Mission for over 30 years and raised their children here. Rosemary has been very active in the community over the years in a variety of capacities and in many ventures. She joined our Board in January 2013.
Carlo Billinger - Vice Chair
(2016 - 2023)
Carlo came to Mission 59 years ago and has made it his life and work centre ever since.
He names two of his greatest accomplishments as raising his family in Mission and being an integral part of historic downtown Mission. And, even though he moved his residence to south of the Fraser River, he still refers to Mission as home.
Carlo’s other contributions to community and demonstrations of leadership include 10 years on the former Mission Hospital Board, where he was instrumental in the smooth transition to Fraser Health Authority; participating in the formation and building of Mission’s Economic Development Committee, with a goal of making Mission a destination; and lending his voice and expertise to the growth and decision making in the downtown area through the Mission Downtown Business Association (DBA).
Les Squire CPA, CA - Treasurer
(2014 – 2021)
Les earned his Chartered Accountant designation in 1993. Over the last 20 years, he utilized his accounting proficiencies to build his practice and assist various organizations and charities. Les has volunteered with the Langley Chamber of Commerce, Seniors Healthy Aging Resource Centre, the Estate Planning Council of Abbotsford, the Fraser Valley Chartered Accountants Association, and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of BC. In 2008, Les was awarded the Ritchie McCloy award for volunteerism. Les is a partner in Squire & Company, a two-office firm in Abbotsford and Mission with approximately 15 employees.
Linda Clark - Executive Secretary
(2017 - 2024)
Linda has been a resident of Mission since 1973 and began her newspaper career that same year with the Mission Record and the Abbotsford News. Retired at the end of 2013 Linda enjoyed a successful career as Senior Account Sales and Marketing Representative for both print and online Advertising with Black Press.
Early on in her career, she volunteered on the board of directors with the Mission Chamber of Commerce. More recently, she enjoyed volunteering for the Mission Winter Games as a hostess and at Mission’s Canada Day. Currently she volunteers ushering for the Clarke Foundation Theatre. She has been on the Mission Community Foundation Development Committee since 2016.
Happily married and the mother of two daughters, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends hiking, golfing and doing yoga.
Bernadine Babuik - Executive Member at Large
(2018 – 2024)
My family moved from Saskatchewan in the early 1960’s. I attended both elementary and secondary school in Mission, raised my family in Mission and worked more than 30 years in Mission. I am both pleased and excited to join the Mission Community Foundation board and look forward to working with board members and other volunteers.
(District of Mission Representative 2014 – 2021)
Carol is the District of Mission representative. She has called Mission home since 1975. She enjoyed a successful career in banking working 20 years for TD Canada Trust and 13 years with Envision Financial. Carol retired at the end of 2013. She has two adult children; her daughter and family live in Kelowna and her son lives in Mission. Carol has served as an elected School Trustee for Mission Public Schools for 9 years. As well, she is a Rotarian, a member of our Distribution Committee and our Development Committee, and she sits on the Board of Fraser House. Carol was inducted into Mission’s Sports Hall of Fame for her volunteer work with The BC Winter Games. In her spare time, she enjoys playing golf and hopes to improve her game.
(Mission Public Schools Representative 2016 – 2023)
Joe represents Mission Public Schools and Fraser Valley Regional District. He has been employed in Mission Public Schools (MPSD) since 2008 as a music Teacher, then as a Counsellor, and Vice Principal, and in his current assignment as District Principal of Aboriginal Education. Joe has many connections with students, parents and community members through his love of music and education. His educational background includes a Bachelor degree in Music, from Wilfrid Laurier University, a Bachelor degree in Education from York University, and a Master’s degree in Leadership and Counselling from the University of Seattle.
(Mission Regional Chamber of Commerce Representative 2012 – 2019)
Tony is the Chamber of Commerce Representative and our current Board Vice-Chair. Tony was born in Vancouver, grew up in Richmond and has resided with his family between Abbotsford and Mission for the past thirty plus years. After a twenty-eight year career with BC Hydro, he joined The Investors Group Financial nine years ago as a Consultant. While working full time at BC Hydro, Tony completed a business degree part-time at the University of the Fraser Valley and also has a Bachelor of Arts with a History major. His love of UFV runs deep and he is currently a Chair Emeritus of the University’s Alumni Association. Tony is also a former Councillor for the District of Mission.
(2017 – 2024)
Candie has worked for Mission Literacy in Motion since 2006. Before beginning to work for them she was involved with literacy as a volunteer tutor. Currently she is the Family Literacy Outreach Coordinator.
As a volunteer, Candie has been a director on the Mt. Lehman Community Association for more than 12 years and is currently in her second year as President.
Together with her husband, they have lived for 30 years on a small farm in the Mt. Lehman community where they raised their four children, chickens and cows. While raising their children, Candie worked part-time for 10 years teaching and developing a Learn to Skate Program in Abbotsford and prior to that had a small business as a Gemologist.
She appreciates the opportunity to serve on the Board and looks forward to getting to know everyone and being involved in the future.
(Mission Community Services Representative 2013 – 2020)
Abe comes to us as the Mission Community Services Society representative to our Board of Directors. He is a long time resident of Mission and his background includes working for the BC Ministry of the Attorney General in the Corrections division, Director of the Hatzic Prairie/McConnel Creek electoral area, Mayor of Mission for two terms as well as serving on both the Dewdney Alouette and Fraser Valley Regional Districts. Abe has also been chair of several organizations in Mission and area, Fraser Valley Health, Cedar Valley Mennonite Church, Columbia Bible College and the Mission Community Foundation to name a few.
Abe and his wife Anne continue to support organizations in Mission and have been known to participate in philanthropic adventures outside of Canada as well through participation in the Tyler Dental Mission teams in Central America and Africa.
We are grateful to have him back on our team and look forward to working with him in the years to come.
(Fraser Valley Regional District Representative 2016 – 2023)
The position for the Fraser Valley Regional District is vacant at this time.
Angie has been an administrator for over 30 years. She started her career with Telus and after 24 years in the corporate jungle she left to help her family. Values re-evaluated, Angie started working for the Non-profit industry and truly found her niche. Successfully single, she is an auntie to 8 children, godmother to 1 and adopted grandmother of 2. Angie also volunteers with Mission Literacy in Motion and the Mission Seniors Centre Association.