BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Starr Webb, Chairperson
Starr has called Kamloops home for over 23 years and has been very active in the community for all of that time. From involvement in her son’s schools over the years to being on the CIBC Run for the Cure committee for 8 years, Starr believes that living in community means giving back to the community when one is able to.
Starr joined the HFHK board in 2014 and was on the Family Selection and Support committee before taking on the role of Chair.
Starr brings her knowledge of the housing finances from 12 years as a mortgage broker with over 15 years in banking before that. For the last 6 years Starr has owned and operated the Dominion Lending Centre here in Kamloops. It her free time she is a student of Pilates and enjoys Kayaking, hiking as well as painting.
Yael La Rose, Board Secretary
Prior to joining Thompson Rivers University as the Associate Director of Academic Planning and Projects, Yael worked in the field of international development with agencies such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Jerusalem and Oxfam Quebec in Rabat, Morocco. With over ten years of management experience the not-for-profit sector, Yael is looking forward to contributing her development and policy skills to Habitat for Humanity Kamloops. Yael has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Montreal and a Master of Arts degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Gail Wichmann, Board Tresurer
Denise Kranz, Director
Denise is an advocate for giving a hand up, not a hand out. She was raised by a single mother with four children and by the time Denise was an adult her mother had completed her schooling, obtained meaningful work and bought her own home. Denise learned at an early age the value of having long term goals and doing something every day to further them. She brings this principle to her work at Habitat for Humanity Kamloops, where we make possible home ownership for habitat partners willing to work to have a safe and decent place to live.
Denise is honoured to help further Habitat for Humanity’s vision by bringing her skills as a lawyer and advocate to the Kamloops’s affiliate board of directors. Denise is a partner at Forward Law LLP practicing mainly in the areas of Real Estate, Strata Management, Wills and Estates, and Business Law.
Jason Dabner, Director
For the last eight years, students in the Electrical Apprenticeship and Electrical Foundation programs at TRU have benefited from Jason’s Red Seal Journeyman Electrician credentials, his 10 years of on-the-job experience as an electrician and electrical job site supervisor, and his skills as an instructor. Jason teaches in the Foundation, First, Second and Third-year programs. It was, in fact, one of Jason’s Foundation classes that wired the last HFHK build project.
Phil Dabner, Director
David Klassen, Director:
Born in Winnipeg and raised in Abbotsford, Dave spent the first 15 years of his working life in the logging and sawmill industry. In 1967, he returned to school, graduating in survey technology. For the next eleven years, he worked in the Kootenay region as a surveyor for Highways, West Kootenay Power, and several BC Land Surveyors. In 1980, Dave hired on with Ducks Unlimited Canada as an Engineering Technologist, retiring in 1992 as DU’s Kootenay regional manager. Dave has a decade of experience in construction layout for land development. His impressive resume of volunteer work includes 10 years as a school trustee, one year as board chair, and, of course, an unflagging and ongoing commitment to the ReStore.
Celine Calfa, Interim Executive Director
For 15 years, Celine worked in virtually every corner of the Canadian Red Cross from public affairs, Restoring Family Links, disaster response, prevention of child maltreatment, bullying & harassment and youth suicide. She also built a large scale network of over 100 volunteers throughout the BC Interior.
Celine is passionate about making a difference and having a positive impact on others. Certified in Appreciation at Work, the Authentic Leader, and Emotional Intelligence as trainer and coach, Celine has a clear understanding how respect and cooperation is developed within teams, and the importance of feeling valued and appreciated.
“Companies and organizations are looking for ways to grow and develop “great” Leaders from within. They can do that by learning to recognize their teams’ strengths and blend technical skills with compassion and understanding. These will create “great” leaders.”
Over the years, Celine has been a speaker for HR.com, to various business and social groups, as well as dozens of TV and radio appearances.