Board of Directors

Rob Peter, President

Kelowna Community Resources Board of Directors - Rob PeterProfessional & Community Development:
Rob is currently a Marketing/Business Specialist with experience in both consumer packaged goods and community based activities. He was a Senior Marketing/Business Manager at Sun-Rype Products Ltd. for over 20 years. He was contracted as a Marketing Specialist with the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development with assignments in Central Asia. He has been a Marketing/Business Consultant with the City of Kelowna and the Kelowna International Airport. He also was a past Mentor with the Community Futures Organization.

Rob has served on several community Boards – Past President of the Kelowna Museums Society, Past Chair of the Central Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame Museum, and a past Executive with Okanagan Sun Football Team.

Reason & Role on the KCR Board:
His interest in serving as a KCR Board member is to be involved in an organization that works at ensuring that all individuals and families in the Kelowna area have resources available to make their lives healthy and productive.

Personal Info:
His personal interests are sports, the outdoors and community involvement.

Kimberly Darling, Past President

Kelowna Community Resources Board of Directors - Kimberly DarlingDirector, Academic Operations, UBC Okanagan

Professional & Community Development:
Kim is the Director of Academic Operations at the UBC Okanagan campus. Prior to that, Kim was a practicing lawyer in Kelowna.

Laura Thurnheer, Vice President / Treasurer

Kelowna Community Resources Board of Directors - Laura ThurnheerCollege Professor, B.Comm., MBA, CHRP

Professional & Community Development:
Laura is currently a Professor at the Okanagan School of Business at Okanagan College. In this role Laura instructs in the Bachelor of Business Administration Program in the areas of Strategic Management, Human Resources Management and Tourism.

As an active member of her local business community she is very aware of the challenges facing businesses today and strives to help new and existing businesses develop and expand. Laura is a Past President of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce and currently is a Director with the British Columbia Wine Authority.

One of her keen areas of interest is personal development coaching and Laura is fortunate to have many opportunities in the Okanagan to mentor young adults in areas such as effective speaking and competing in business competitions. Laura is married with two children and is happy to be part of an active family life in the Okanagan.

David Brown, Secretary

Kelowna Community Resources Board of Directors - David BrownLawyer, Pushor Mitchell

Professional & Community Development:
David practices as a trial lawyer, with a focus on employment law, human rights law and immigration law.

Personal Info:
Originally from Elkford, British Columbia, David completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Economics at the University of Alberta. During his undergraduate degree, he had the opportunity to participate in a full-year exchange program to the Université Catholique de Lille, in Lille, France. Upon graduation, David worked briefly as a heavy equipment operator in an open-pit coal mine before moving to New Brunswick in 2006. David is an avid outdoorsmen and loves hiking, biking, running, camping and snowboarding.

Michelle Rogers, Director

Kelowna Community Resources Board of Directors - Michelle RogersFinance Manager, CMA, CPA

Professional & Community Development:
Over the past 20 years, Michelle has worked in the private sector in a variety of industries spanning from manufacturing to construction to software development. Michelle is currently the Director of Finance for GEMS Division at StarDyne Technologies, where she enjoys working with the management teams of four software companies to improve organizational performance through organic growth and acquisitions. Michelle has experience in leading strategic planning, fiscal budgeting and forecasting as well as computer systems transitions.

Reason & Role on the KCR Board:
Joining the Board at KCR was a wonderful opportunity for Michelle to contribute to the community through helping KCR realize our vision of creating a community where individuals and families are supported in leading healthy, productive and fulfilling lives.

Personal Info:
A relatively new but avid skier, Michelle, her husband and two children enjoy spending as much time as possible at Big White in the winter as well as entertaining family and friends in the summer.

Dr. Edward Taylor, Director

Kelowna Community Resources Board of Directors - Edward TaylorActing Associate Dean, Faculty of Health and Social Development, UBC Okanagan

Professional & Community Development:
Edward H. Taylor, Ph.D., RCSW is an associate professor, mental health clinician and researcher, past Director of the School of Social Work, at the University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBC), and currently the Associate Dean for the Faculty of Health and Social Development, UBC. Additionally, Dr. Taylor serves as the Co-Director of the UBC Interprofessional Mental Health Clinic.

Dr. Taylor spent over a decade at the USA’s National Institute of Mental Health’s Intramural Research Program. He has conducted researched with top neuroscientists from all over the world and has published extensively on the subject of pediatric and adult mental illness. He was one of four primary researchers who conducted the largest study to date on the biopsychosocial development of identical twins discordant for either schizophrenia or bipolar illness. Dr. Taylor is the author or co-author of 5 books focused on mental disorders, and has been quoted as an expert on youth/school violence and mental illness by Scientific American, Psychology Today, Eric Publications, NPR, Voice of America, ABC News, and numerous newspapers.

Reason & Role on the KCR Board:
One of Dr. Taylor’s primary interest is reducing environmental stressors that increase emotional and mental problems. Participation on the KCR Board provides an avenue for him to support key projects that improve the lives of individuals in a meaningful way.

Personal Info:
Dr. Taylor holds a Ph.D. in clinical social work from the University of Southern California, an MSW from the University of Denver, and a B.A. in psychology from Saint Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. He and his wife, Susan Wells, are employed by the University of British Columbia and have lived in Kelowna for the past 8 years.

Peter Boyd, Director

KCR Community Resources - Board of Directors - Peter BoydOwner, Peter’s Your Independent Grocer

Professional & Community Development:
Owner of Peter’s Your Independent Grocer. 27 years in the retail food industry in Kelowna.

Reason & Role on the KCR Board:
I have followed KCR through my years in Kelowna and I am so impressed with the support it provides for our community and being asked to be a Board member is a true honour.

Personal Info:
Peter was born in Whiterock, BC, but moved to Kelowna in 1989. He enjoys golfing, baseball and spending time with his family.

Bill Thompson, Director

KCR Community Resources - Board of Directors - Bill ThompsonCPA, CA – Manager, Grant Thornton LLP

Professional & Community Development:
Bill is a Chartered Professional Accountant with experience in working with small business clients, personal tax clients and providing assurance services.

Reason & Role on the KCR Board:
KCR provides an opportunity to be involved with an organization that strives to provide information and services to the people of the Okanagan region with intent of creating a better community for everyone.

Personal Info:
Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Bill has slowly transitioned westward before settling in Kelowna with his family full-time in 2010. He enjoys spending time with his family, golfing and staying active outdoors.

Nelson Eziekwu, Director

KCR Community Resources - Board of Directors - Nelson EziekwuS.O., MD, PH.D

Professional & Community Development:
Nelson worked extensively in the Department of Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgery and Liver Transplantation at the National Scientific Centre of Surgery Kazakhstan, where, as a senior scientific staff, taught medical related disciplines to students, and conducted researches on endoscopic treatment of hydatid cysts of the liver, improvement of surgical tactics in non-parasitic cysts of the liver, and surgical treatment of congenital choledochal cysts (common bile ducts). He has published more than 20 articles on surgical treatments and 3 medical patents.

Presently, Nelson is one of the Case-Based Learning (CBL) tutors at UBC Southern Medical Program, and also works as a community support worker at Thompson Community Services.

Reason & Role on the KCR Board:
Nelson was highly impressed by the enormous support rendered to him and his family as new-comers, here in Kelowna by KCR. His volunteering for the KCR Board is his little way of showing appreciation and giving back to the community.

Secondly, he would like to initiate discussions surrounding how the government could work closely with employers or professional boards to better utilize new immigrants’ skills.

Personal Info:
Born in Nigeria, Nelson was awarded a scholarship to study medicine in the then Soviet Union in 1987. He studied and lived in different cities of the former Soviet Union, particularly Almaty, Kazakhstan. He then moved to Canada in 2012 with his family.
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