Communities we serve:
Christina Lake • Grand Forks • Greenwood • Midway • Rock Creek • Bridesville • Christian Valley • Westbridge • Beaverdell • Big White
Who We Are
Community Futures Boundary (CFB) is a not-for-profit Corporation funded, in part, by the Federal Government (PacifiCan). We are one of 34 offices across the Province and 266 across Canada, all located in rural communities.
We are a community driven organization comprised of business savvy individuals and governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. We have a passion for working with budding entrepreneurs, existing business, and local community partners.
Community Futures Boundary …
- Lends money to small business
- Supports and leads economic development projects
- Offers business counselling
- Cultivates self-employment
- Supports employment and workforce development.
Put simply, we do what we can to help to build a healthy Boundary Region economy.
- The Province of British Columbia
- The Grand Forks Credit Union
- The Boundary Country Regional Chamber of Commerce
- The City of Grand Forks
- The City of Greenwood
- The Village of Midway
- The Regional District of Kootenay / Boundary
- Western Economic Diversification
- Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association
- Kootenay Career Development Society
What We Do
Community Futures Boundary is dedicated to the economic stimulus and growth of the Boundary Area. We are an organization that is actively involved in helping entrepreneurs see their dreams become reality by offering economic services, consultations, and business loans.
We believe in positive partnerships with a wide variety of organizations, including but not limited to business, social, and educational organizations, all levels of government, and entrepreneurs. These partnerships act as a strong, vibrant, economic catalyst which promotes a healthy business environment for the benefit of all Boundary residents
Community Futures Boundary is committed to serving the entire Boundary and maintains offices and resource centres in both Grand Forks and Greenwood, BC.
Our Boundary Advisors Program can provide you with free one-on-one business coaching conversations for small to medium-sized business owners in the Boundary Region. If you want to grow or improve your business in a specific way, we have a specialist who can help.
We are a high-relationship, community based lender. That means we want to work with you in a way that makes sense for your business. The goal of our loan portfolio is to balance risk and foster sustainable community economic development.
The Self-Employment Program can offer you instruction and support while developing your business plan. You will also receive ongoing training, mentoring and business coaching while you start and run your business.
Community Futures Boundary offers workshops, and training designed to support small business owners and their staff. The workshops are designed to assist in many stages of business development. We partner with Small Business BC and with other Community Futures across the Province.
Board of Directors
Our volunteer Board of Directors actively supports our staff, our programs and our overall wellbeing. The Board is comprised of local business people, and other professionals who have extensive knowledge of the Boundary and what makes our economy tick. We are grateful for their time, energy, and commitment to CFB and to the Boundary Region as a whole.
Interested in becoming a Board Member?
If you live in the Boundary Region, have a passion for entrepreneurial leadership and are interested in serving as a Board Director, we invite you to click here to complete an initial Volunteer Assessment Form. Or, click here to view our Director Information Package.
Current Board of Directors
Jeanne Campbell: Board Chair
Rock Creek, Electoral Area E
For the past 15 years, Jeanne has been the stylist and salon owner of Shear Jeanneous, Professional Hair services. She holds a CCP with level 1&2 Beauty Safe Certification and in the past, has worked with AG Hair out of Vancouver, educating other hairstylists and students on products. Jeanne was born and raised in Midway, and she and her husband, Woody, raised two children in the beautiful Kettle Valley. They now have four grandchildren. Jeanne, enjoys “yardening” (what it is called when you have acres to groom), cooking, motorbiking and camping/quading adventures. She values her association with Community Futures Boundary because she, herself, was a Self-Employment Client, and understands the challenges of building and maintaining a small business here. She knows that the funds and support distributed by Community Futures Boundary stay local, and that everyone, from Staff to Board, are dedicated to helping grow a healthy economy.
Amber Esovoloff: Vice Chair
City of Grand Forks
Amber and her husband Chris are raising their two daughters in Grand Forks surrounded by a large extended family. In keeping with her entrepreneurial spirit, Amber grew up loving to sew and after high school, she purchased a sewing machine and began doing basic embroidery jobs for extra cash.
After they started their family, Amber wanted her to be at home with their kids and so she started a home-based imprinting business after purchasing a commercial embroidery machine. That business grew to include a wide format print cut machine.
When both the clothing stores in Grand Forks (Work n’ Play Clothing and His n Hers Fashions) closed Amber saw an opportunity and moved her imprinting business downtown and opened the current Work n’ Play Clothing.
Five years later, with the support of her family and awesome staff, Amber is opening a second store downtown, Boundary Board Co.
Dave Turner: Past Chair
Grand Forks, Electoral Area D
Dave spent 33 years working with CP Rail in various roles including machine operator, crew supervisor, and finally manager all over Western Canada and the U.S.. Both Dave, and his wife Jan, grew up in Regina, and, after meeting in high school, were married in 1983. They have two daughters and one grandson. After working all over Southern B.C., Dave and Jan were ready for a quieter lifestyle, and while exploring the Kootenays, fell in love with Grand Forks and purchased a 7 acre property. They enjoy farming, and are thrilled that one of their daughters will be relocating, soon, to help with the garlic! Dave enjoys music, in particular guitars which he builds and is an avid reader and bridge player. He joined Community Futures Boundary’s Board in 2014 and was immediately struck by the Board and Staff’s commitment to supporting and encouraging creative entrepreneurship in the region because, as he puts it, “It’s gratifying to be part of an effective force for good in the region”.
Alan spent over 50 years in public education as a teacher, principal, and university educator at several universities. He holds degrees from the University of Alberta and Brigham Young University. Alan loves road trips, and the Boundary always held a special place in his heart and as he travelled Highway 3. When he had the chance to not only move here, but build a subdivision too, he jumped on it. Alan and his wife Sharon met in University and have two daughters and 3 grand daughters. Alan enjoys travelling, and visiting family. He became involved with Community Futures Boundary because he values the commitment to supporting and encouraging creative entrepreneurship in the region.
Grand Forks, Electoral Area D
Alan was born in Creston and raised in Courtenay and Victoria. He graduated from UVIC and UBC, and joined “McConnan, Bion, O’Connor and Peterson” in 1976 where he practiced law until 2012. Alan and his wife Lori moved to Grand Forks shortly after his retirement, motivated by the friendliness of the community and the access to outdoor recreation opportunities. Alan and Lori have two daughters and one grandchild, with another on the way! Since moving to the region, Alan has volunteered with many local groups, including the Grand Forks Curling Club, the Christina Lake Golf Club, and the Grand Forks Rotary Club. Alan, who is Past Chair of the CFB Board, is aware of the critical role that we play in the region. “From loans and business advice, to support and leadership in community issues”, he has an appreciation for the way in which Community Futures Boundary is “at the heart of the communities it serves”.
Leigh Starchuk: Secretary
Grand Forks, Electoral Area D
Leigh arrived in the Boundary Region in 1989 as a new recruit in the R.C.M.P.. Leigh, and her husband Greg, a ticketed millwright and lifelong resident of Grand Forks, started “Tool Time” in 1997, born out of a frustration with a lack of access to good working equipment in the region. Today, “Tool Time” is still going strong and provides Boundary Area residents with tool rentals, scaffolding, heaters and much more. Leigh and Greg have two children, Elliott and Olivia. Leigh has been actively involved in the curling scene since her arrival where she has found great success coaching a U15 and a High School girls team all the way to Provincial championship events. Leigh learned about Community Futures Boundary when she and Greg needed capital to expand their business. Since then, Community Futures Boundary has been a vital part of her journey as a small business owner. She says the best part of her association with us is the people, and she is proud of the vital role that the Board and staff play in the helping entrepreneurs succeed and in “bringing out the best in the Boundary”.
Rock Creek, Electoral Area E
Duane and his wife Joanne have a long history of owning and operating small businesses here in the Boundary Region. Duane started out managing the family farm and sawmill through the 1970’s and bought and sold timber until 1998, when he and Joanne bought Freeman’s Country Supply, an anchor business in Rock Creek, while still operating the family farm. Duane was born and raised in the West Boundary, and he and Joanne have 3 sons and 4 grandchildren. In his spare time, he likes to ski, play hockey, fish, hunt, golf and camp. He enjoys his involvement with Community Futures Boundary because he sees, first hand, the difference the organization makes.
Mark Olson: Treasurer
Grand Forks, Electoral Area D
Mark is a Chartered Accountant who holds a BComm and CPA designation. As Treasurer of the Board, Mark supports Community Futures Boundary’s financial administration and audit process and plays a large role in communicating financial reporting to/from the Board. Mark is originally from Calgary, and moved to Grand Forks in 2008 to be closer to his wife, Donna’s, family. Mark and Donna have 3 sons, and, in his spare time, Mark likes to golf and putter about in the yard. Mark values Community Futures Boundary’s community based approach in looking after the interests of business in the Boundary Region.
Village of Midway
Rick graduated from UBC with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry and has worked for both the Government and private sector as a Professional Forester for 45 years. Even now, semi-retired, Rick acts as an Investigator for the Association of British Columbia Forest Professionals and sits on a Provincial committee which reviews all applications to export raw logs. Rick and his wife Marilyn moved to Midway in 1992, where they raised their daughter and two sons. Rick coached minor hockey and baseball and enjoyed most outdoor activities with his family, but fishing the Kettle River is his all-time favorite pastime. Rick looks forward to working with Community Futures Boundary in promoting economic growth in the Boundary Region.
The City of Grand Forks
Kevin is the Manager of the Christina Lake Golf Club and has been a member of the PGA of Canada since 1990. He was born and raised in Fernie. Kevin moved to the Boundary Region in 1997 and raised three children, Lisa, Peyton and Sam here. When he’s not running the Golf Club, he enjoys curling, fishing and hiking. He loves living in the Boundary Region because he loves how connected he feels to the community. Prior to joining the Board of Directors at Community Futures Boundary, Kevin worked with the organization and always appreciated the positive impact they had on small business. He looks forward to continuing this good work as a Director.