Meet the Cowichan Station Area Association’s Board of Directors
Sue brings a lifetime of community involvement experience to the Association. She has deep and diverse connections throughout the Cowichan Valley. Sue was a partner in the successful startup of the Community Farm Store organic café and market in the Duncan Garage. She has worked with the Cowichan Bay Fisherman’s Wharf, Duncan Farmer’s Market, Cowichan Aboriginal Film Festival, Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association as well as the public library system. Sue recently completed her BA Geography. Both of Sue’s children attended school at Cowichan Station. Sue says “I love Cowichan Station‘s strong rural roots and resilience – it is definitely a place worth looking after.”
Alison is an ecologist, farmer, mother and the principal of Vis-à-vis Management Resources. Vis-à-vis is a small company that provides management advice to governments and not-for-profits. She has many years of experience with strategic and business planning, managing projects and programs, communications, board governance and tromping through BC’s ecosystems. Alison says “I am so lucky to live in Cowichan Station beside the Koksilah River and I am thrilled to be involved with the CSAA – we have great fun and I have connected with many wonderful people.” Alison is our HUB Coordinating Committee chair.
Angela has lived and worked in the Cowichan Valley for forty years. She has co-owned and managed Orangutang Design Ltd for 31 years while at the same time has put her amazing organizational skills to good use in the community. Over the years she has been active in organizations ranging from the Community Options Society, the Arcadian Daycare, the ombudsman’s office, to the Cowichan Valley Rape Assault Centre (now WAVA). Angela says, “I am passionate about Cowichan Station and want to see the revitalization of a community gathering place since the closure of the post office, school and church.” Angela is our Facilities Committee chair.
Hailing originally from Calgary, Madelaine and her husband, Allan, arrived in 1994, choosing Cowichan Station area for its beauty and sense of community. She returned to school when her sons were school-aged, receiving her BEd, and BA in English. Madelaine has worked with many volunteer organizations,and has a wide variety of skills from cellist to finishing carpenter to marketing to educator. A founding member of the CSAA, she has been actively engaged in keeping the school site for the community since the school’s first possible closure in 2002. Madelaine says, “I am thrilled that the community will have a new beginning for The Hub.”