Board of Directors
Christine was born and raised in the Comox Valley. She attended the University of Alberta receiving a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. Christine then practiced as a Physical Therapist for four years in the Canadian Air Force. She then obtained an MBA with a major in Finance at the University of Iowa. She returned to the Comox Valley with her husband, Paul, to help him set up and manage his orthodontic practice.
Christine raised three wonderful children and has been involved with many organizations in the community. She has been a director on various Boards over the years and is proud to be a member of the Comox Valley Community Foundation Board.
Currently Christine spends much of her time in a volunteer capacity in the Special Needs community. She is a current board member for the Child Development Agency, Special Olympics and the Vancouver Island Society for Adaptive Snowsports (VISAS). She teaches Nordic skiing with VISAS as well as coaches swimming and power lifting with Special Olympics.
Dr. Debbie Wright is a chiropractor and partner at The Grove Health and Wellness, a collaborative care multi-disciplinary health clinic in Courtenay. She obtained her Bachelors of Science (Kinesiology) at Simon Fraser University, where she was a member of the Varsity Swimming team. She then attended and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto in 2002. She was previously the owner of Bayview Chiropractic and has been practicing in the Comox Valley for almost 10 years.
Debbie is the current Vice-Chair of the Canadian Chiropractic Association, and has 14 years experience serving on provincial and national boards. She lives in Comox with her husband, 5-year old daughter and 3-year old son, and when she’s not practicing she can be found on the slopes of Mount Washington, the mountain bike trails of Cumberland or the warm waters of the Salish Sea.
Summer Matthews - Treasurer
Summer is a Chartered Professional Accountant who received her Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University. She then articled with Grant Thornton Chartered Accountants in Vancouver earning her CA designation in 2008.
In 2010, Summer and her husband Cam left Vancouver to drive from Alaska to Argentina. On this trip they fell in love with the smaller communities along the way and settled in the Comox Valley on their return to British Columbia.
Summer and Cam live in Cumberland with their two young daughters. Summer enjoys racing down Mt. Washington on her snowboard, hiking the trails in Cumberland, biking around town with her family and spending time with family and friends.
Rob started his career in 1978 with one of the largest European asset managers. He specialized in estate and retirement planning and in 1994, was promoted to Office Manager with a staff of 25 at the London, U.K. branch. In 2001, Rob took on a new challenge and joined a small team in central London to launch a pension company, which became a great success within five years.
In the U.K., Rob was highly qualified in his field and achieved “chartered status.” Rob’s commitment to the investment business led him to Odlum Brown attracted by its independence, solid long-term track record, and reputation in the industry that is second to none.
Rob is actively involved in the community. He serves on the Boards of Comox Valley Community Foundation and Comox Valley Transition Society. He is a past President of the Rotary Club of Courtenay and a past President of the Comox Valley Aquatic Club.
Matt started his career with Coastal Community in 2004 and joined the wealth management team shortly after. He is now a Private Wealth Advisor where his expertise lies in financial planning with personal and business clients.
Matt has many achievements which include being nominated for the Top 40 Under 40 by the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce in 2012, and awarded Vancouver Island’s Top 20 under 40 in 2016 for business accomplishment and community leadership. In 2016, he was recognized as one of 30 advisors in Canada by Credential Financial. Matt is often quoted in local and national news regarding his mastery in financial planning.
Matt grew up on the island enjoys to golf and fish. He explores everything the island has to offer such as hiking, snow sports, and camping with his wife, and their two daughters.
Aniel obtained a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Victoria and an LL.B from the University of Ottawa. He completed his articles with the Toronto office of a national law firm before returning to his home town to join the firm of Swift Datoo. He was called to the bars of both Ontario and British Columbia in 2006.
Aniel represents clients on a wide variety of legal matters ranging from small civil disputes to large commercial acquisitions and has appeared before the Supreme Court of British Columbia, the Provincial Court of British Columbia, the BC Human Rights Tribunal and the BC Employment Standards Tribunal. He is a past President and Director of the Comox Valley Community Justice Centre, an executive member of the Comox Valley Branch of Kidsport BC, a proud junior soccer coach and a member of the Canadian Bar Association.
Frank Denton is a long-time resident of the Comox Valley, moving to the community in 1975 to start a consulting engineering and surveying practice on behalf of, Vancouver based, McElhanney. He had a 33-year career with McElhanney, focused on transportation and municipal engineering, culminating as a senior vice-president with responsibility for 100 staff throughout BC and a principal role in the overall management of the company. He retired in 2008, but remains active with the company, on a part-time basis, as chair of its holding company board.
He has a broad range of skills outside his chosen field, including knowledge in the fields of accounting, commercial and contract law, project management and real-estate development.
His previous volunteer contributions include executive roles with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (President 2010/11), the Comox Bay Sailing Club (Treasurer 1996 to 2015, Commodore 1987, 1990 and 2016) and the Courtenay Rotary Club (President 1996/97).
Russell believes strongly in the Comox Valley. He and his wife moved here in 2004, seeking a smaller town to raise their two children. Russell enjoys all that the Valley has to offer including alpine skiing, mountain biking, hockey and boating. Community development – social, environmental and economic – has always been an integral part of Russell’s real estate development business activities, and Russell sees his role with the CVCF as an opportunity to help the Comox Valley its bright future.
A proven leader in the successful development of planned communities and resorts, Russell’s 25+ years of experience includes senior positions with Intrawest Corporation and Bentall Kennedy LP, where he managed a range of complex development projects, transactions and public consultation/approval processes. Russell currently works as the Courtenay branch manager for Proline (strata/property) Management in Courtenay and is also president of Island Places Property Corporation.
Colin Sauer was born in the Comox Valley and grew up in Kelowna, BC. He is an accomplished executive with significant expertise in all areas of business and non-profit management. A strong communicator and strategic leader, Colin has built a reputation for empathetic listening, effective mentoring, and unwavering commitment to the organizations he serves.
Colin has been married to his wife Darcy for over 39 years and together they have three adult sons, Myles, Cameron and Morgan. They moved to the Comox Valley in 2014, where they own and operate a successful vacation rental business next door to their home on Ship’s Point in Fanny Bay. He continues to operate his business focused consultancy – Colin Sauer Consulting, as well as his non-profit focused consultancy – The Governance Group.
Colin clearly understands the value of community and he has contributed in a variety of ways to the communities in which he’s lived. He is a past secretary and board member of the Fanny Bay Community Association, past President of Business Network International, and contributes to select activities in the Ship’s Point Improvement District.
Ashley is a motivated and value-driven professional and outdoor enthusiast who loves living in the Comox Valley. She has a keen interest in promoting community-based programs and building cross-organizational relations within her community.
Ashley has developed a diverse range of skills through working in several fields including hospitality/tourism and local government. She is excited to join the Board of Directors for CVCF as it allows her to contribute to her community in a meaningful way and to work towards strengthening the resiliency and health of all residents of the Comox Valley.
Ashley’s previous volunteer contributions include Alberni Clayoquot Regional District Director for the Board of the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust, Area ‘C’ Representative for the ACRD Advisory Planning Commission, Staff Liaison for the Tofino Housing Corporation and CUPE 556 Shop Steward.
Jeff has immensely enjoyed his 22 years of living in the Comox Valley and by being a part of this growing community has been exposed to the many diverse needs of its members. With a BA from the University of Western Ontario, he moved west and chose to work in the hospitality and beverage industry. He spent 12 years in the role of Labatt Breweries Sales Manager and is in his 10th year as Cascadia Liquor Store General Manager which continues to give him the opportunity to meet many of the fantastic people that make up the Comox Valley. He brings energy and excitement to the table and challenges others to think outside of the box to develop the most creative solutions possible.
Jeff spent 7 years on the board of the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce including a year as President, he's a member of the Comox Valley Rotary Club, actively seeks out volunteer opportunities and has served as a mentor for the North Island College Business Program for 3 years. He believes in meaningful connections between friends and businesses and enjoys facilitating those relationships. You will often find Jeff paddle boarding, road or trail biking, river and mountain exploring or snowshoeing and snowboarding. His 3 grown children have been immersed in our local theatre and dance community for years and they have inspired Jeff to take to the stage once again. Jeff's positive, lets get it done attitude coupled with his easy team leadership skills make him an asset to this progressive board.
Craig Rennison is a fifth generation Comox Valley resident and second generation CVCF Board member, following the example of his mother Audrey Craig, a CVCF Past President.
A Commercial Broker at Waypoint Insurance, Craig is also actively involved with the Rotary Club of Courtenay, having only just concluded his term as President in June 2021.
Past Board Members