Board of Directors

NACFOR is governed by a seven-member volunteer Board of Directors, composed of a diverse and representative cross-section of the community. Board members include a Village Council representative and the RDCK Area K director (or their representative).

Board members have been appointed by the Nakusp Village Council.

The Board’s mandate is to provide governance and policy on specific issues related to:

  • Legal accountability
  • Goals and guiding principles
  • Financial control
  • Public consultation and conflict resolution; and
  • Hiring of management personnel

The Board meets monthly to discuss policy issues and current events with NACFOR management. Board resolutions require a two-thirds majority in order to be passed.

Kathy Smith, President
A Registered Forest Technician, Kathy has worked in the local forest industry since 1980. Kathy brings experience and versatility, having worked for both industry and government in a wide variety of sectors including silviculture, compliance and enforcement and logging supervision. Kathy has recently retired and finds herself busy with continued volunteer works with: the Protecting Animal Life Society, the Arrow Lakes Cross Country Ski Club and of course NACFOR. Her involvement with the Community Forest movement began in 2002 and she is one of the remaining founding members. Kathy enjoys touring and hiking the mountains in and around the Nakusp area with her husband Len, who is also a Registered Forest Technician. While at home, she also enjoys gardening, cross country skiing and playing badminton.

Aidan McLaren-Caux, Secretary, Village of Nakusp Representative
Having spent nearly a decade living in Nakusp, Aidan has split his career between hospitality management, being a stay-at-home father of his twin girls, Daphne and Athena, and running a small woodworking business. He has been active in the community, volunteering for various local groups, including: the Nakusp Elementary School Parent Advisory Council, the Nakusp Child Care Society, the Nakusp & District Chamber of Commerce, the Nakusp & Area Development Board, the Nakusp & Area Community Trails Society, and NACFOR. During his career in hospitality he received the Wine & Spirits Education Trust Level 3 Award in Wines and Spirits with distinction. When Aidan does get leisure time, he enjoys backcountry hiking and paddling with his family, a nice glass of wine, playing guitar, woodworking, reading, and origami.

Geoff Grout, Treasurer, RDCK Area K Representative
Geoff Grout is a young local man. He was born here and, after graduation, moved to Calgary to work. He returned to B.C. to attend the auto body repair course at Okanagan College where he received his diploma. With his experience in auto body paint spraying, he became, at first, a cabinet finisher for an emerging company in West Kelowna. Later, he moved on to work for a number of cabinet shops in the area, having formed a kitchen contracting business, Counter-Intelligence. In 2011, he returned to Nakusp and purchased a small acreage at Arrow Park. He and his wife Karalyn have built a large woodworking shop there, where they focus on using local timber products for the majority of their projects. With their son Maynard, they work in their productive organic garden and continue to use their interest in new technology to experiment with organic gardening methods and equipment.

John Cann, Director
John was born in Nakusp and has been a long standing resident in the area. Over the years, he has volunteered his time and energy to many non-profit organizations. John was on the Board of Directors of the Nakusp Mud Racing Association for at least 14 years. The organization donated thousands of dollars to the Children’s Hospital, Arrow Lakes Hospital, Search and Rescue and many other non-profit organizations in the community. John also spent many hours involved with the Nakusp Minor Hockey Association. Over the course of 15 years, he volunteered on the Board as Ice Manager and Referee in Chief, on the bench as team First Aid personnel and spent many hours on the ice as a referee. John looks forward to serving on the NACFOR Board. He sees there is a lot to learn but is ready to take on the challenge. John has worked in the forest industry for approximately 30 years in both ground-based and cable logging operations. For the last 22 years, John has been operating a feller-buncher. He is a second generation logger, following his father’s footsteps. John lives just outside of the Village of Nakusp with his wife Louella. They have two sons who are currently living in the Okanagan working on apprenticeships in their trades of choice.

Andrea Coates, Director
Andrea was born and raised in Nelson, BC, but has lived in Nakusp for nearly 20 years and since returning to Nakusp, she and her husband, Shawn, have established a local Heavy Duty Maintenance & Welding business. She obtained her Optician’s License in 2001, but now works for School District No. 10 as the Secondary School Secretary. Over the years, Andrea has volunteered for many organizations in the community or held a position on the Board of Directors: Nakusp Child Care Society (Director), Nakusp Minor Hockey (Fundraising Manager, organizer of the “Nakusp Winter Carnival at the Arena and the Nakusp “Hockeyville” Campaign in 2011), Nakusp Minor Soccer (Coach), and Nakusp Secondary School Parent Advisory. She currently serves as a Director for Nakusp Secondary School Scholarship Society and NACFOR. In her spare time, she enjoys coaching soccer and basketball but most of all she loves being a mom and “cheerleading squad” to her children Ledger and Olivia. Some of her favourite past times include fishing, atv’s, traveling and getting out camping with her family and friends. Andrea joined the NACFOR Board of Directors in November, 2018.

Melissa Rode, Director
Melissa is an experienced Forest Technician with a demonstrated history of working in the local forest industry. Melissa started out with Green Peaks Ltd in 2005 as a tree planter before moving on in 2006 to True North Forestry Consulting as a forest technician. In 2011, Melissa started with BC Timber Sales, Nakusp Field Office as their harvest monitor and more recently took on the responsibility of managing their silviculture program. Currently, Melissa is working towards her degree in Environmental Practices through Royal Roads University with the intent to earn her RPF designation. When Melissa is away from work, she enjoys hiking with her dogs and biking. Melissa joined the NACFOR Board of Directors in November, 2018.

Randy Mackenzie, Director
Randy has lived in Nakusp for 23 years having married a local lady and raising two children. While living in Nakusp he worked in sawmills for two years, spent fifteen years as a forest technician and thirteen years as a paramedic. Since early 2018 Randy has been one of the Community Paramedics in Nakusp. He and his family enjoy camping, fishing, hiking, and other outdoor opportunities in this beautiful area. Randy joined the NACFOR Board of Directors in November 2018 to help maintain the quality of life we all enjoy here.