Board & StaffThe Mission Community Foundation is grateful to the contributions of its Board of Directors and Staff
2020 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 in 1956 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). Recently Carlo has taken on a new, very important position; he’s a grandfather and enjoying every minute of it.
Kevin Burns, CPA, CA - Treasurer
(2019 - )
Kevin Earle Burns, CPA, CA – Mr. Burns is a Chartered Professional Accountant with over 30 years of experience. For the last 15 years he has provided finance and technology consulting services through his consulting company: nPower Dynamics Corporation. Prior to this, he was the COO of Gibson Pass Resort Inc, a large resort and park operator in BC, the CFO of Castleton Network Systems Corporation, a network appliance manufacturer, and CFO of Northern Interior Log & Fibre Inc, a BC forest products company. Early in his career, Mr Burns was in public practice with Price Waterhouse Coopers, and was an information systems consultant with Explorer Software Inc. He is currently completing his MBA at Edinburgh Business School, is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of BC, and holds a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Commerce, both from the University of Alberta.
Linda Clark - Executive Secretary
(2017 - 2020)
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 – 2022)
Bernadine Babuik is a long time resident of mission with 3 children who attended mission schools. Bernadine worked for the mission school district for 30 plus years in a variety of progressive positions. Once her children left home, Bernadine took a position with the Nanaimo school district as manager for the occupational health and safety program. Four years later Bernadine accepted a one-year term position with Surrey school district as manager for the occupational health and safety program. Following the conclusion of this position, Bernadine stayed with Surrey school district as a contractor/consultant for the occupational health and safety department. Bernadine retired in 2016 and is pleased to be on the board for the Mission Community Foundation.
(District of Mission Representative 2014 – )
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 2018 - )
Colleen has been lived and learned in the Fraser Valley most of her life. She has taught elementary through to high school.
Colleen started teaching in 1997 in Parksville and came to Mission Public Schools in 2004 where she has been both a school based and District Principal. She looks forward to working with schools, students, staff and international agents and families on the traditional, ancestral, unceded, and shared territories of the Stó:lō people, the Matheqwí, Sq’éwlets, Qwó:ltl’el, and Leq’á:mel First Nations.
Colleen is currently serving as the chair of the Bursary & Scholarship Committee.
Bob was born in Powell River into a Navy family and lived in various parts of Canada and England as he was growing up. He graduated from high school in Victoria, attended the University of Victoria, and served in the Royal Canadian Air Force.
Bob is active in the community and is currently serving as Vice-President of Mission Community Services Society, President of the Mission Seniors’ Centre Association, Vice-Chair of Mission Association for Seniors Housing (MASH) and many other community committees.
He has also been involved with Mission Community Policing and Mission Restorative Resolutions. Past Involvements have included the Mission Association for Community Living BC Association of School Business Officials, Chilliwack and Burnaby Rotary Clubs, Navy League of Canada, St. John Ambulance, Victims Assistance, Burnaby Community Services, and his church. Bob and his wife, Gayle, have two daughters and four grandchildren. They celebrated their 55nd wedding anniversary in 2019 and share common interests in music, sports, and theatre.
(Mission Community Services Representative 2020 - )
Roger has lived in the Mission area since 2004. He currently sits on the Boards of the Mission City Farmers Market Society, Mission Community Services Society and is an active volunteer in the community. Roger has also participated in Rotary Dental Missions in Thailand and Zambia.
Roger joined the Mission Community Foundation in January of 2020 as the representative for Mission Community Services Society.
(Fraser Valley Regional District Representative 2019 - )
Shelley Carter was born in Mission as well as her husband Cal, and have raised their children (Samantha, Alexandra and Lee) here as well. They live in Dewdney and loves the Rural area. She started out as a hairdresser but her passion for education became apparent when her children started school. In 1992, she jumped in right away and was on the executive of the Parent Advisory Council (PAC) at Dewdney Elementary. That led to many years as Chair and other positions. Onto high school when eldest started and she again jumped into the executive of Hatzic Secondary PAC. Shelley was on both PAC”s when she joined DPAC. Working through the executive positions she subsequently became Chair of the District PAC. Shelley’s contributions to Hatzic Secondary now Middle School resulted in a Citizenship Award in her name which is presented to well-rounded students that selflessly give their time.
Shelley is a Mission School Trustee in her 3rd term. She loves her job of being a Trustee and representing the areas of Hatzic Prairie, Durieu, McConnell Creek, Dewdney, Deroche and Lake Errock.
Shelley also enjoys expressing herself artistically by designing beautiful floral arrangements and is a certified Florist from UFV, She works from home being creative with her passion of flowers.
Shelley joined the Mission Community Foundation in 2019 as the Fraser Valley Regional District Representative and her unconditional love for Mission and the people in it will be put to great use. She is a true Advocate of Mission as her family has been in Mission since the early 1930’s.
(Mission Regional Chamber of Commerce Representative 2020 -)
Ellen comes from a diverse background of work experience: teaching at Khalsa School; production and marketing with Creative Media and Promise Consulting; managing a family business, Jimmy’s Lunch Box. Currently, she is the owner of What’s On! Magazine in Mission.
Through her work, she is able to stay engaged in the community she calls home. As a Rotarian, she is always looking for ways to give back to her community and finds herself volunteering on the Boards of the Mission Minor Baseball Association, Mission Sports Council, Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation and Mission Skating Club. This year has been extremely exciting and challenging as the Mission Regional Chamber of Commerce president during the COVID19 pandemic.
When she is not driving her children around to extra-curricular activities, she’s photographing, climbing and exploring the great outdoors. There are many causes close to her heart, and to that end, she has participated in the CIBC Run for the Cure, Spartan Sprint, Eradicate Polio Challenge, and the Coldest Night of the Year Walk.
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.