Board Members

Chilliwack Cultural Centre Board members biographies:

Jordan Forsyth: President

  • Lawyer, Baker Newby LLP
  • Member of Law Society of British Columbia
  • Director, Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce
  • Director, Downtown Chilliwack Business Improvement Association
  • Past volunteer with U.B.C. Law Review
  • Past volunteer with Pro Bono Students Canada

Jaquie Simpson: Vice – President

  • Former Owner of Grey Area Gallery, a Chilliwack art gallery that featured established and emerging Canadian Artists.
  • Former Social Worker for the Ministry of Children and Families.
  • Former Actor at the University of Western Ontario and University of the Fraser Valley.
  • Former Co-Chair for the Hospice Society’s November Nights Gala (4 years).
  • Former Executive Board Member for the Chilliwack School of Performing Arts
  • Past Prop Designer for Chilliwack School of Performing Arts
  • Past Volunteer on the Gala Committee for The Opening Night Gala of the Chilliwack Art’s and Cultural Centre
  • Volunteer on the Wine/Beer Festival Committee for Chilliwack Art’s and Cultural Centre
  • Member of the Chilliwack Arts & Cultural Centre Society

Rick Paulding: Treasurer

  • Retired 2015
  • Member, Institutes of CPA’s of BC and Canada
  • Former partner of a Chilliwack based regional CPA firm
  • Former licensed broker with two different bank owned investment dealers
  • Member, Sardis Community Church
  • Former director, treasure and president, Chilliwack Academy of Music
  • Former director and Treasurer of a BC licensed pregnancy and adoption services charity
  • Former founding director and first Treasurer, Chilliwack Foundation
  • Married, with two adult daughters

Dr. Mark Evered: Secretary

  • Past President & Vice-Chancellor, University of the Fraser Valley (2009-2017);
  • Previous Academic appointments: Cambridge U, Western U, U of Saskatchewan, U of Melbourne, Thompson Rivers U.
  • Examples of previous national service: Governance Committee of Universities Canada; Chair, Canadian Council on Animal Care (Canada’s animal research ethics body)
  • Examples of previous provincial service: Chair, BC Association of Institutes and Universities; Vice-Chair, Saskatchewan Heart & Stroke Foundation.
  • Board of Directors, Abbotsford Division of Family Practice
  • Honours: Teaching awards including U of S Master Teacher Award; Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal; Honorary President of Xi’an Fanyi University in China; UFV President Emeritus; UFV Student Union Society named its Great Hall after Dr. Evered and his wife Maureen; Paul Harris Fellow; Halqemeylem name, Al’aliyatel, given by Stó:lō people


Directors at Large:

Melissa Geddes:

  • Employment: Registered Critical Care Nurse with Fraser Health and Clinical instructor at the University of the Fraser Valley. 
  • Education: Bachelors of Science in Nursing, Canadian Nurses Association Certification in Gerontology and Masters in Nursing with a focus in Gerontology. 
  • Former collegiate basketball player at Langara and Capilano Universities. 
  • Passions: Supporter and passionate about the arts. 

Kim Harder:

  • Articulate, compassionate and savvy community volunteer since 1992

Karen Ireland

  • Artist: Architectural Glass and multi-media; art-for-arts-sake; Public/Community Art.
  • Certified Teacher
  • Owner/Operator: multi-unit Retail (former)
  • Partner/Operator: interprovincial print media development service (former)
  • Employment: sales, education, systems, marketing, administration … (former)
  • Volunteer addressing community development, safety, marginalization, sports, sustainability and arts
  • Current member: Chilliwack Visual Arts Association, Fraser Valley Dragon Boat Club, Kent Harrison Arts Council, North Vancouver Community Arts Council

Cynthia Robinson:

  • Herbalife Independent Distributor since 1989
  • Owner / Operator Refresh Nutrition & Fit Camp
  • Herbalife Nutrition Canada Strategy and Planning Committee
  • Board of Directors MOVE: The Company
  • Chair Tzeachten Lands Advisory Committee
  • Former Owner LaRaffinage Spa, Vancouver
  • Former Owner Fuzion Fitness, Abbotsford
  • Former Herbalife Nutrition North American Strategy and Planning Committee
  • Former Church on the Southside Leadership Team
  • MBA Simon Fraser University
  • Former Fashion Merchandiser and Retail Store Manager
  • Former Certified Dental Assistant
  • Wife and Mom of 2 grown children



Ryan Mulligan – City Staff Liaison

  • Bio to come

Jeff Shields – City Council Liaison

  • Elected to City Council in October 2018
  • CA/CPA for over 25 years
  • CFO of Visscher Group of Companies for 20 years
  • Member of Chilliwack Mt Cheam Rotary since 2005. President in 2010
  • Former board member of CEPCO, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Chilliwack Flight Fest, Chilliwack Community Services
  • Former Treasurer of Independent Lumber Remanufacturers Association
  • Youth soccer coach
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