Board of Directors

The Nakusp and Area Community Forest operates on the traditional lands of the Sinixt, Ktunaxa, Okanagan (Syilx) and Secwepemc nations. We aim to incorporate Indigenous perspectives and values in our shared respect for the diverse land base. We value building relationships with all Nations.

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.

From time to time the Nakusp and Area Community Forest needs to fill a position on their Board of Directors. If you are interested in potentially serving on the NACFOR Board of Directors in the future, please download and complete the Expression of Interest document and submit it to the NACFOR office, either digitally or in hardcopy.

Melissa Rode, President
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.

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.

John Cann, Treasurer
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 has worked in the forest industry for approximately 35 years in both ground-based and cable logging operations. For the last 27 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 in the trades of their choice.  John joined the NACFOR Board of Directors in November, 2013.

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.

Anastasia Hewat, Director
Anastasia was born in the Siberian region of Russia. She obtained a degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Khakassia in 2005. After graduating she worked for a local power company. She moved to Nakusp in 2013 after marrying her husband Bryan. Together they have 2 boys Daniel and Hudson who keep her busy with various sports and activities. Anastasia also has many hobbies such as mushroom picking, ice fishing and making pierogies. She joined the NACFOR Board of Directors in March, 2020 to better understand the the processes involved with the forest industry and also the funding it provides the community.

Darlene Adair, Director
Darlene was born and raised in Port Colborne, Ontario near Niagara Falls. She worked as a civilian for the Niagara Regional Police before retiring in 2011. She and her husband of 42 years, Bud, retired to Nakusp around 2010 and their two daughters have also moved the Nakusp and their son lives in Nelson. Darlene Worked part time as the admitting clerk at the Arrow Lakes Hospital until retiring in July 2019. She currently also volunteers for the local Meals on Wheels program and the Better at Home program. Her loves are going for walks, bicycling, kayaking, painting, and visiting with her children and grandson.
Darlene joined the NACFOR Board of Directors in March, 2020.

Patrick Judd, Director
Patrick grew up in the foothills of southern Alberta and during his university years, worked seasonally for the Alberta Forest Service. Skiing, canoeing and fly-fishing kept Patrick engaged with the outdoors. He attended University of Lethbridge, Notre Dame University in Nelson and Gonzaga University in Spokane finishing a graduate degree in Educational Leadership and Curriculum Development. After retiring from a career in education that spanned thirty-five years in Arrow and Kootenay Lakes school districts, returning to Nakusp offered the outdoor environments that he enjoys the most. Among the high-lights of his career were those opportunities to connect youth with nature. He is looking forward to supporting youth engagement through the Community Forest organization. Patrick joined the NACFOR Board of Directors in March, 2020.