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Sasamat Outdoor Centre Community Board

Sasamat Outdoor Centre's volunteer Community Board is a governance body that serves to ensure that the programs and services we provide meet our mission and vision, and fulfill the needs of the communities we serve. 
 
The Community Board is a tremendous asset for Sasamat Outdoor Centre, providing physical and ideological support through fundraising, participation at camp and public events, committee work, strategic planning, and support of the Executive Director.
 
Through the Community Board, Sasamat Outdoor Centre is provided a voice in broader agency and community issues. One member of the Community Board also serves as a full, voting member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Neighbourhood Houses of British Columbia (ANHBC). One of BC's longest serving not for profit agencies, ANHBC is active and influential in many aspects of social service in the province.
 

Community Board Members

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Chair - Valder Belgrave 

Valder has been a member of the Sasamat board since 2000, and became involved with the Sasamat community as a BC Transit volunteer with the United Way's Day of Caring. He has been a proud dock builder since 1998. 

 

ANHBC Board of Directors Representative - Moyra Crawford

 

Members at Large 

 

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Sheri Parke

Sheri Parke is a graduate of Leadership I and Leadership II. Sheri worked at Sasamat for six and half years and has been a board member since 2004. Her family looks forward to spending a weekend at camp every year, which has turned into a summer highlight!  

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Brenda Millar

Brenda is a member of the local Port Moody community where she lives with her family. She has raised four children who are all active in camping with her husband Jim. Her husband was a canoe instructor at Sasamat Outdoor Centre and her daughter got married at Sasamat, so Sasamat holds a special place in her heart. Brenda is very active in her community, having served on a number of public and non-profit boards. Brenda believes that through the outdoor programs like the ones at Sasamat, personal growth and leadership can be attained.

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Sharon Wong

Sharon is a primary school teacher in Vancouver who discovered Sasamat Outdoor Centre when she was 15 years old through involvement in the leadership program run by the ANHBC Neighbourhood Houses. Sharon was hired as a summer staff for a number of summers, and believes it had a lasting effect on her life. The career path she has chosen was fostered and developed from working at camp and she is grateful to have the opportunity to serve on the board of directors. 

 
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Robert Simons 

Robert joined the Sasamat Community Board in 2017. Recently retired from TELUS Robert is involved with many non-profit and community organizations in Port Moody as both a volunteer and executive member of their Boards. Robert has a keen interest in helping non-profit groups create and deliver services and programs that benefit the community. Robert’s professional background includes corporate finance, business development, product and marketing management. 
 
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CJ Butcher

CJ has been on Sasamat board since 2017.  He has been involved in summer camp programs for camp Pringle on Vancouver Island, which is a United Church of Canada Camp.  He has also been involved in 4-H kid’s camps of various age ranges.  He currently works for BCIT as a nursing instructor. He also volunteers for a non-profit working to ensure that residents in the city of Vancouver have access to safe, decent, affordable housing and the support they need to make a difference in their live solutions with the homeless

 
Thinking of Joining the Community Board of Directors? 
 
Are you: 
  • A parent of a SOC camper? 
  • A SOC staff or camper alumni? 
  • Someone who believes in the value of outdoor education? 
  • Looking for a volunteer opportunity in your local community? 
  • Interested in building better communities?
Can you: 
  • Attend one two hour meeting each month? 
  • Assist with fundraising and community events? 
  • Build partnerships with agencies and community groups? 
  • Support camp operations with your personal skills and knowledge? 
  • Mentor leadership roles for youth at camp and on your community board? 
  • Educate the community on the benefits of organized camping and outdoor education? 
 
Sasamat Outdoor Centre is looking for you!
Email info@sasamat.org today for more information.