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Community Futures Nicola Valley is guided by a volunteer Board of Directors composed of up to 14 local business people, First Nations, government service agencies, and the financial sector who have extensive knowledge and experience of our local economy. Our Board members represent our region’s population and main economic sectors. Their role is to establish our organizations’ priorities, monitor our performance, and answer to key stakeholders. The Directors are selected by nomination and vote by the current Board of Directors at the Annual General Meeting (AGM).

The goal of the Community Futures Nicola Valley’s Board of Directors is to seek representation from across the region it serves. The term of each Board of Director two years, with a maximum of nine consecutive years served.

Applications for Board Membership are always welcome. If you have an interest in joining our Board, please download our information package, located at the bottom of this page.


Michelle Allen

Interim Chair
Phone: 250.378.3923

I am a relatively new resident to the Nicola Valley having purchased my home in Merritt when I retired in the fall of 2019. I had a long and successful career in local government primarily as the Chief Financial Officer, and then the last ten years as the Chief Administrative Officer for the Village of Ashcroft.

During my career I worked closely with many organizations and levels of government however this is my first time to sit on the board of a not-for-profit organization.

I see the potential that Merritt has and am so proud of the courage and resilience shown by the residents over the past year. I look forward to working with the community and making Merritt stronger.

Jean Perog

Lending Chair & Secretary/Treasurer
Phone: 250.378.3923

I have been a volunteer with CFNV in various capacities since 1990. I have recently returned to the board. I am a retired CPA with over 20 years working in Health Care, and have a continuing interest in Community Economic Development. I believe these make me a valuable board member.

I have been in the Nicola Valley since 1987 when I purchased land at Stump Lake and later built a home– in 2016, I relocated to the City Of Merritt.

I volunteer in a variety of organizations in the community to do my part in helping our great community.

Tony Luck

Board Member
Phone: 250.378.3923

Tony Luck has recently moved to Merritt and is excited to a part of this vibrant community. He was born in Vancouver and has spent the majority of his family life in the Abbotsford/Mission area raising his family. After an active life and careers in the Lower Mainland he and his wife Wanda are excited about their new adventure in Merritt. Prior to joining Royal LePage Merritt as a Realtor Tony had a rewarding career at Investors Group as a financial adviser after a 26 year career with BC Hydro in various capacities.

Tony has been active in his communities as well. He has served as a director and Vice-Chair of the Mission Regional Chamber of Commerce, Director and Vice-Chair of the Mission Community Foundation and served one term as an elected councillor for the District of Mission. He has also served as a Director of the Fraser Valley Regional District. Tony and his wife Wanda have a large and active family who they love to spend as much time with as possible. They also enjoy spending time riding their Harley and kayaking when they get a chance.

Noreen Cross

Ex Officio (Past Chair)
Phone: 250.378.3923

Noreen is experienced in financial reporting and analysis. Along with her husband Jack, she has been the owner of an autobody shop and is experienced with the challenges of small business operations. Originally from the lower mainland, Noreen and Jack intentionally re-located to the Nicola Valley for the lifestyle, climate and economic opportunities.

Noreen has been active in the community with organizations ranging from the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, the Merritt Centennials Hockey Club to the Nicola Valley Cruisers – a well-known custom car club. Noreen’s ride is an all-original Model T. Noreen is currently employed as a Finance Coordinator with the Nicola Tribal Association (NTA) and enjoys the amenities of Merritt combined with the advantages rural acreage living offers.

Lenora Fletcher

Board Member
Phone: 250.378.3923

Wéytk (Hello in Shuswap)

It has been 24 years now that I have lived and worked within Merritt. Originally, I grew up in Clinton BC, and completed my schooling in Kamloops. I continued my education with TRU (Thompson River University) small business management, Royal Road University cultural communication master’s program, Douglas College (New Westminster) Autism Outreach Program, and the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology Early Childhood Educator certification.
As a First Nation I appreciate and practice the cultural values and beliefs I was taught by my elders and mentors. I believe we can never stop learning and experience new opportunities that can come to us if we open the door to let them in.
Some of you might know me from other agencies I work with. (i.e. Canadian Tire Jumpstart Chapter Chair, Merritt Country Run, Youth Suicide Prevention committee, Child & Youth committee, Nicola Valley Food Bank, former High Bar First Nation Chief, etc. Some of my Background includes extensive training and experiences in operation management, financial management, human resources, social and life skill support, facilitation and behavioral Intervention support.
Taking on this role as a Director with Community Futures Nicola Valley, I will show a strong commitment and take the work very seriously. I believe community support service providers should partner whenever possible to better help the community.

I look forward to sharing with you and learning together.

Ellen Miller

Board Member
Phone: 250-378-3923

I have 25 years of experience as a Credit Manager in the Construction Industry, traveling throughout Vancouver Island and the BC Interior for my work.

After retiring, I opened my own Art Gallery business in Abbotsford, until I retired again in 2016, to the Nicola Valley. While running my own business, I was very involved supporting Women’s interest groups through mentorship and operations.

I have been active in our community with The Home-Based Business Market, The Women’s Fair, The Nicola Valley Arts Council, The Lower Nicola Farmers Market, The Lower Nicola Garlic Festival and the up and coming Labor Day weekend celebrations.

Melvina White

Board Member
Phone: 250.378.3923

I have resided in the Nicola Valley for over 22 years now.

I am very involved in the Downtown Revitalization and Tourism as well as with Tourism Nicola Valley, the Merritt & District Chamber of Commerce, Walk of Stars and the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.

I have been a City Councillor for the last 4 years and care deeply about the city and the people I serve.

Greg Girard

Board Member
Phone: 778.585.1878

Greg Girard arrived in Merritt 4 years ago on a work assignment. Greg considers himself fortunate to have worked with so many quality people in the Nicola Valley. He has played a big part in many community initiatives, most recently the Hell or High Water Fundraiser, Merritt Community Airport Day, Walk of Stars, highway billboards, Merritt Mountain Biking Association, the national and provincial award-winning Experience Nicola Valley Blogger Platform and Training Program and Experience Merritt tourism website.

Greg, along with his brother Colin, are the co owners of the EH Canada Marketing Group which owns and operates the award-winning Adventure Travel Website. The only privately operated national platform in Canada. Greg is an advocate for responsible authentic tourism practices for small towns and small businesses. Prior to EH Canada, Greg was an International Marketing Director for Netlinx in Edmonton Alberta and Dresden Germany.

Greg enjoys hiking, wilderness backpacking, mountain biking and golfing in the summer and snowboarding in the winter.


Board Recruitment Application Package  

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2181 Quilchena Ave.
P.O. Box 159
Merritt BC V1K 1B8

Phone: 250-378-3923
Fax: 250-315-0205
Toll Free: 1-888-303-223

Monday - Friday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Closed Sat, Sun & all Stat Holidays

Community Futures Nicola Valley respectfully acknowledges the traditional and unceded
territories of the Nle?kepmx and Syilx Nations of the Nicola Valley

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