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Board of Directors

Meet the NACFOR Volunteer Board of Directors:

Melissa Rode, President

Aidan McLaren-Caux, Secretary, Village of Nakusp Representative

Having spent over 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, running both a small woodworking business and a rental property management company, being a member of Village council, and now as Economic Development Coordinator for the Nakusp & Area Development Board. 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 & Distrcit Chamber of Commerce, the Nakusp & Area Development Board, the Nakusp & Area Community Trail Society, the Summit Lake Ski and Snowboard Area, the West Kootenay Boundary Investment Co-op, and – of course – NACFOR. When he does get leisure time, he enjoys backcountry hiking, camping, and paddling with his family, a nice glass of wine, playing guitar, woodworking, reading, and origami, among other things.

Aidan is passionate about community development – social, economic, and cultural – and through his various roles he has been able to have a lasting and positive impact on the fabric of this little corner of the world. By taking on leadership positions in business and governance, and volunteering time to worthy local causes, he strives to be a role model for his children as well as others as they find their own path through their lives and careers. Being involved in NACFOR, in particular, has been a great way to give back to the community through their social and economic dividends. Aidan joined the NACFOR Board of Directors in July 2018.

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, Seach 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 25 years having married a local lady and raising two children. While living in Nakusp he worked in sawmills for two years, spent 15 years as a forest technician, and 15 years as a paramedic. Since early 2018 Randy has been one of the Community Parademics 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 two 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 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 44 years, Bud, retired to Nakusp around 2010 and one of their daughters lives in Nakusp, the other in Kelowna, 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 her children and grandsons. 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 the 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 35 years in Arrow and Kootenay Lakes school districts, returning to Nakusp offered the outdoor environments that he enjoys the most. Among the highlights 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.