|Lorna Hart, Chair
I have worked, lived and played in Abbotsford for over 35 years, and I love the community and the many great people in it. I have worked in aviation or aerospace my entire career, mainly for Conair Group and Cascade Aerospace, and am currently responsible for commercial business development at Cascade. Over the years I have had the privilege of serving on the Board of Directors for the Chamber of Commerce and for the Abbotsford Community Foundation, as well as on several committees associated with these organizations. Currently Vice Chair, I look forward to serving as Chair of the Board for ACF next year. I enjoy anything in, on or around water, as well as gardening and entertaining family and friends.
|Andrea Senft, 1st Vice-Chair
Community Grants Chair
I have had the privilege of being a resident of Abbotsford for over 17 years. After moving to BC from Ontario, my husband and I decided to make Abbotsford our home. I have spent the last 9 years working for the Abbotsford School District as the Manager of Community Partnerships and was the Executive Director of the Abbotsford Early Childhood Committee prior to moving to the school district. I currently sit on numerous Community Boards, including the Abbotsford CommGrants Committee
unity Foundation, the Fraser Valley Child Development Centre and Vibrant Abbotsford. I graduated with a degree in Law and Justice from Laurentian University, and I also have a certificate in Not for Profit Management.
I firmly believe that our children are the future of our community, and we must pay attention to the health and resiliency of our youngest citizens. I am happily married with two amazing teenagers. When I am not working or volunteering, you will find me at the baseball field or a dance studio watching my children compete in the sports they love.
|Marcus Janzen, 2nd Vice-Chair
Agriculture Grants Chair
Marcus is the President of Calais Farms Ltd., a pepper greenhouse operation located in Abbotsford with 20 acres under glass. Prior to that Marcus operated a hog farm with his father in Matsqui Prairie. He has been an active member of the agriculture sector in Abbotsford since 1991.
He sat on the City of Abbotsford's Agriculture, Dyking, Drainage and Irrigation Advisory Committee for the past 8 years, is a former chair of the BC Greenhouse Grower's Association, previously sat as a member of the BC Agriculture Council, and is a past President of the Canadian Horticultural Council.
In the fall of 2018, Marcus will assume the Chair of the Agriculture Enhancement Committee for the Foundation.
|Marion Juhasz, Secretary/Treasurer
I currently am the Secretary / Treasurer and Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee after joining the Abbotsford Community Foundation as a member of the grants committee in 2007 followed by an appointment to the Board as a director in 2008. I have made Abbotsford my home since 1981 and was employed as the Controller of Golden Valley Foods Ltd. for over 30 years as well as serving as on the St. James Finance committee for 20 years, managing my son’s hockey team for several years and numerous other community and school volunteer positions.
|Harv Wiens, Past Chair
I have been a resident of Abbotsford for over 40 years. After graduating from university, I spent 20 years in education, nine years as a Business Education teacher and eleven years as a High School administrator. Since 2002 I have enjoyed building an investment and insurance business with Sun Life Financial. I have had the privilege of serving on several local boards, including the Abbotsford Community Foundation for many years (currently as the Chair of the Board), the Abbotsford Estate Planning Council, Habitat for Humanity (Abbotsford), Church boards and others. I am married and have 3 adult children and 3 active grandchildren. They are the people that support me and bring much joy into my life. I enjoy many outdoor activities including, skiing, tennis, fishing and hiking.
|Lee Bass, CPA, CA
Lee is MNP’s Regional Managing Partner for the Lower Mainland region. Based in Abbotsford, Lee leads the firm’s offices in Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Hope, Maple Ridge, Surrey and Port Moody, while delivering tax and general business advisory services to a wide variety of small-to medium-size businesses.
For more than 20 years, Lee has delivered taxation advice and planning for the purposes of acquisitions, divestitures, corporate reorganizations, estate plans, shareholder disputes and tax minimization. He has worked closely with clients in various industries, including agriculture and agri-food, manufacturing, credit unions, construction, implement and automobile sales, professionals, real estate developers and wholesalers and retailers.
Formerly MNP’s Regional Tax Leader for the Southern Manitoba and Lower Mainland regions,
Lee has also worked in the Taxation Services department of an international accounting firm. He has sat on MNP’s Private Investor Network and Operations Committees since 2006 and has served on the firm’s Tax Executive and Partner Selection committees.
Lee is a designated Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) who qualified in 1992. He has a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from the University of Manitoba and completed the Chartered Professional Accountants Canada’s (formerly CICA) In-Depth Tax course in 1993. An avid volunteer, Lee has sat on several boards, coached sports at a rep and provincial level and is a member of Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia and the Canadian Tax Foundation.
I was born in MSA General Hospital and grew up on two awesome dairy farms, first in Mt. Lehman and then on Matsqui Prairie. After graduating from the Mennonite Educational Institute, I attended post-secondary institutions in Abbotsford (Fraser Valley College), Texas, Saskatchewan, California, and later on in Pretoria, South Africa. I completed a Doctor of Theology degree from the University of South Africa in 2010. Prior to taking on the role of Columbia Bible College President in 2012, I was the Director of the Intercultural Studies program at Columbia for 8 years. From 1992 – 2004, along with my wife Teresa, I served in Botswana, Africa, working in theological education, leadership training, community development and HIV/AIDS prevention and care. Prior to our stay in Botswana, I was an associate pastor to youth and young adults in California and then northern British Columbia for a total of six years.
Throughout my working career, I have enjoyed serving on a number of boards and leadership teams. These have included church and denominational boards and committees, as well as non-profit organizations such as the Organization for African Independent Churches, the Botswana Christian AIDS Intervention Program and Christian Higher Education Canada. In my current role as Columbia’s president, I have the privilege of engaging with a number of leaders in educational institutions, faith-based organizations and the business community.
When I returned to Abbotsford in 2004, after an absence of over 20 years, I finally realized the incredible blessing we have to live in this community, one of the best places in the world. I want to do all I can to ensure that this community continues to thrive. My wife, Teresa, are very happy that all three of our married children, and our four (soon-to-be five) grandchildren live in this area. Some of my favorite activities include wrestling with new ideas, gardening, collecting rocks and cheering on our CBC Bearcats sport teams!
Planned Giving Chair
Mark has been offering integrated and comprehensive financial planning solutions since 1999. Before launching his financial planning practice, Mark spent more than a decade in the Fraser Valley’s thriving agriculture industry. As an Assante advisor, Mark’s goal is to help his clients achieve financial independence while enjoying a lifestyle defined by their personal values.
Student Awards Chair
John has been both a high school teacher and District Principal with the Abbotsford School District for the past 35 years. During that time, he was also a sessional instructor at both UBC and UFV. John holds both Master and Doctorate degrees in Education.
John, however, may be better known in the community for his work with The Abbotsford News where he has pursued his second passion as a freelance photographer for over four decades.
During the last ten years John has served on the Abbotsford Regional Hospital's Capital Campaign Committee, as well as The Abbotsford Hospice Society's Capital Campaign and Donor Relations Committees.
Nominations & Governance Chair
Now retired from the position of Manager Small Business after a 39 year career at Scotiabank, Patricia enjoys golfing, curling, gardening and working out.
Prior to joining the ACF board she was a director for the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce (Past President), Abbotsford Restorative Justice and the Campaign for Health Care Excellence. Pat also co-chaired the Hike for Hospice Committee, sat on three other committees, volunteered for the BC Summer Games, BC Seniors Games and various curling events.
Fund Development Chair
Judy looks after the bookkeeping and office work for the poultry farms her husband and herself operate in the Fraser Valley since 1976. I’ve been doing charity work with various organizations over the past 40 years. I have worked with MCC, Open Door and PAC in my children’s schools. I have been on the boards for Open Door and South Abbotsford Church. I have valued and learned a lot from working with volunteers who have offered their expertise in working with charities and organizes along with the people who they serve.
I’m a strong believer in communities to be strong and inclusive we need organizations that help those that need support at various times in their lives and who hasn’t at some time in their life needed encouragement and support. I have found I feel more connected to a community when I use my talents helping others in the community I live in.
In between volunteering I try my hand at grand parenting my six grandchildren which I love. At this time I’m teaching my grandsons how to make forts and use a jackknife safely this has been a challenge but fun. The granddaughters are different they enjoy the farm animals we’re hoping one will be interested in 4H, I can only hope.
I like to fill the rest of my time with reading; cooking, hiking, photograph, traveling and I do some golfing
Kal has lived, worked and played in Abbotsford for over 30 years and truly loves being a part of the community. Kal is married to his beautiful wife Misty and has 4 children (Asher, Samara, Neriah & Nathan). He serves in many volunteer roles in Abbotsford and likes to help wherever he can. Currently he serves on the Board of Directors at The Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce and Gallery 7 Theatre & Performing Arts Society.
Investment Committee Chair
Passionate about his chosen profession, Satvir is dedicated to helping his clients achieve their investment and wealth management objectives. Having made a lifelong study of markets, business and wealth creation, Satvir and his team have developed a comfort in dealing with his clients’ complexities. His multi-disciplinary competency encompasses economic, technical and fundamental analysis, especially experienced in advising retail, institutional and non-profit organizations. Satvir is licensed as a Portfolio Manager, has earned his (CIM) Chartered Investment Manager designation—which among other things allows him to provide expertise in money management services to high net worth and institutional clients. He is also a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI). Satvir has been, and continues to be, deeply involved in his local community.