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Susan Stearns

General Manager

Susan continuously seeks out ways to apply her experience and knowledge to ensure CF FFG is meeting the needs of the communities, businesses and people in the Fraser Fort George region.  With this, her education and experience in leadership, management, and community economic development are positive assets to enhancing how CF FFG works collaboratively with many partners across the region.  Susan's executive coaching skills complement her other skills as she works in a positive manner to support the CF FFG team in achieving the desired outcomes.  After being entrenched in community and business development for over 25 years, and completing educational endeavours in multiple disciplines, Susan is well versed in exploring opportunities from multiple angles and is always eager to discover new ways to manage constant change.

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Freddy Padilla-Baca

Business Analyst

Freddy is passionate about personal and business development and supporting business entrepreneurs launch their ideas into the marketplace. As a former chef and experienced homebased business entrepreneur he understands the challenges faced by aspiring business owners. He loves to build relationships, problem solve, and tackle challenges with curiosity and optimism. When not at work he’s loves spending time with his family and creating culinary delights.

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Sherri Flavel

Business Analyst

Sherri facilitates our business lending and WorkBC Self Employment Services programming.  She is well versed in community development and has supported hundreds of entrepreneurs with creating strong foundations for business start-ups, purchases, growth management and succession planning. Sherri’s many years of outreach experience have built her understanding of small business in northern rural communities and that, combined with Diplomas in both Business and Human Resource Management enable her to offer expert and responsive client service.  She strives to meet clients where they are at and she is inspired by entrepreneurship success. Sherri invites you to contact her for your business borrowing and consulting needs!

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Tracey Taite

Finance & Loans Assistant

With over 10 years of financial support in the logging industry and community volunteer
positions, Tracey provides accounting work that is consistent, timely, and useful.
Accuracy and attention to detail, along with an inquisitive nature, enables Tracey to
assist co-workers and clients in navigating various financial aspects of loans &
accounting procedures. A team player, Tracey also provides the staff at CF Fraser Fort
George with administrative support whenever needed.

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Shona Thorne

Robson Valley Agriculture Development and Regional Business Liaison

An avid environmental steward, Shona Thorne joined Community Futures Fraser Fort George to facilitate the Robson Valley Agriculture Expansion and Regional Business Liaison outreach positions in June 2020, and is committed to developing resilient communities within sustainable and biodiverse ecosystems. With a commitment to rural communities and a diverse background of culture and home Shona’s experience revolves around education, business development, and operations management in a variety of countries.

Previous roles range from Zimbabwe Professional Safari Guide, English Language teacher, rafting and interpretive guide and business development officer round the world, to continued education coordinator, community outreach, and finance and operations supervisor for not-for-profits in Valemount, BC. Shona brings a wealth of knowledge and skills and a life long love of learning to Community Futures and is excited to continue to build strong and vibrant communities in the Robson Valley.

 

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Sarita Parmar

LEAP Project Coordinator

Sarita joined CF FFG as a Business Coach for women entrepreneurs in the summer of 2020, moving into the LEAP Project as Project Assistant and then into the Project Coordinator role in March 2022.   Sarita brings over 15 years of business banking, industry and hospitality experience. She has worked with businesses of different sizes from solopreneurs to multi-million dollar entities, across different sectors in Northern BC.

A proud graduate of UNBC where she earned her Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Accounting and Finance, Sarita has considered Prince George home since 1997.

Sarita is passionate about helping women succeed in their careers and lives.

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Tim Thomas

Export Navigator Consultant

Tim Thomas, BA MPA is a 29 year management professional. He has focused on market research, governance, innovation and business & export development. Tim has made his home along the Highway 16 Corridor, in Terrace, Port Edward and Prince George. He has worked as an economic development officer along this Corridor since 1992.

Tim has been the Export Advisor for the Cariboo region since September of 2019. He delights in finding the perfect match between a company’s capacity and its markets’ needs. He loves working in the export field because the “the sky is the limit!”

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Valerie Lucas

LEAP Project Assistant

Val was born in the in the Peace River region of BC. She is the proud niece of the local historian and author of Peacemakers of the North Peace, Cora Ventress. Val and her mother Candace migrated to Prince George in 1993. Val studied Media and Communications at the UFV, Communications at SFU, and eventually landed on Education at the University of Alberta. She has worked in industry, education, communications, policy, and human resources. In her role as LEAP project assistant with Community Futures of Fraser Fort George, Val is thrilled to help foster positive growth for female entrepreneurs and business leaders in our region and guide the community in any way possible. Val is passionate about helping others and empowering people to make positive changes. She has a rescue dog, Tiberious, and two teen children. On her days off, you can spot her camping off the grid in her Boler trailer, volunteer farming in Newlands BC, or staring contemplatively at the fresh Masters of Professional Communication degree on her fireplace mantle from Royal Roads University.