Our Story


Janet Carroll

  • Educational Consultant: Carroll Coaching & Consulting
  • Certified BC Educator
  • Former Program Coordinator, Teacher Education Department – UFV
  • Former teacher, principal, district administrator – Chilliwack School District 33
  • Mixed Media/Collage Artist
  • Long time member of Chilliwack Players Guild (Director, Performer, Writer)
  • Former board member of Chilliwack Cultural Centre (Member at Large, Secretary, Vice-President)

Dr. Mark Evered

  • 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

Kim Lawrence

  • Talent & Customer Experience exec at BC-based geophysics technology company.
  • 30 years in the marketing and communications field, covering the private and public sectors, both in Canada and internationally, including 15 years leading teams within Canadian post-secondary institutions (including University of Calgary and University of the Fraser Valley) and 10+ years in the technology space. She spent much of her early career in Asia.
  • 2018 Higher Education Marketing Team of the Year (American Marketing Association) and 2017 International Brand Master of the Year (first-ever Canadian recipients).
  • 4+ years with Youth Performing Arts committee at Calgary Stampede, leading marketing and community engagement for the showband program.
  • 11+ years as unit leader, camp advisor, sales, and distribution leader with Girl Guides of Canada, including resurrecting BC’s first-ever registered unit in Sardis, BC.
  • Education: Queen’s University, Capilano University, Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour.
  • Mom of two fabulously artistic daughters, wife to an erstwhile musical theatre actor.

Rob Nicklom

  • Retired Chartered Accountant / Certified Professional Accountant
  • Former partner in Chilliwack accounting firm (1982 – 2019 )
  • Past Chair, Board of Governors, University of the Fraser Valley (2002-2008 )
  • Honorary Doctor of Letters, University of the Fraser Valley
  • Past Director, Harrison Festival of the Arts Society
  • Forty year member of Chilliwack Fraser Rotary Club ( President 1999-2000 )
  • Recipient, Queens Golden Jubilee Medal
  • Former minor hockey and baseball coach
  • Avid photographer, music lover, proud father of two, proud grand-father of Kaia

Sheila Evani

  • A Partner with Waterstone Law Group
  • Admitted to the Bar in BC in 2005
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Simon Fraser University
  • Second Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta
  • Specializes in Business Law, Real Estate Transactions and Banking, with a strong focus on Governance
  • Served three years as the Chair of the Vancouver Dance Centre
  • Served a secretary for the boards of the Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra and the Abbotsford Symphony Orchestra
  • An accomplished violinist who studied at the Academy of Music, and has performed with the Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra and the Chilliwack Metropolitan Orchestra
  • Proud mom to two little boys, and two exasperating dogs

Mark Klassen

  • Manager of Facilities for the Chilliwack School District
  • Current responsibilities include Chilliwack Neighborhood Learning Centre, working with partner agencies such as the Ministry of Children and Family Development, Chilliwack Community Services, Bowls of Hope, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the YMCA, Chilliwack Child and Youth Care and the Youth Health Clinic
  • Additionally responsible for all District rentals, school coordinators, and security, and manages a Ministry program that provides after-school programming for students with barriers and diverse abilities
  • Began his career as a theatre technician with the Abbotsford Arts Centre and was shortly promoted to Theatre Manager.  The Arts Centre blossomed under his leadership as a sought-after roadhouse, hosting over 250 shows per year.
  • Led the training of hundreds of young arts technicians, and worked with various communities, including the South Asian community, to promote cultural performances. 
  • As a society member served on the Chilliwack Arts & Cultural Centre Board of Directors’ Renovation Committee

Rick Paulding

  • 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. Sylvie Murray

  • Ph.D. in History from Yale University
  • Currently Dean of Arts at University of the Fraser Valley
  • Has a record of support for education and the arts in our community
  • Serves on the Chilliwack Arts & Cultural Centre Board of Directors’ Indigenous Engagement Committee

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

Jeff Shields
Ex-Officio: 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

David Blain
Ex-Officio: City Staff Liaison

  • Deputy Chief Administrative Officer and Director of Recreation and Culture
  • Current Member of the BC Recreation & Parks Association and the Recreation Facilities Association of British Columbia
  • Former Director of Planning and Engineering
  • Coached youth soccer, softball, and hockey
  • Engineer for over 35 years