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Meet The Yellowhead East Board Of Directors

The Community Futures Yellowhead East team is powered by its Board of Directors. Our board members really care about the community and understand the challenges of owning a business. Meet our Board of Directors:

Nick Gelych

Deputy Reeve, Lac Ste. Anne County

A farm boy at heart, Nick started a career with Alberta Power Ltd, later to become ATCO Electric.  After responding to a multitude of after-hours calls, climbing countless poles restoring power to customers, living in ten different rural communities he retired, after 38 years of service, as the South East Regional Manager responsible for Distribution Operations.

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Nick is serving his first term as county Councillor and has been on the CFYE Board for three years.  He is astounded to see the entrepreneurial spirit still flourishing and the patrons who have come to depend on the service provided by Community Futures. From existing business that see a need to expand or the new start up with a desire to see their dreams come to fruition, CFYE has been supporting economic growth within the province.

With a background in Utility Economics, Human Resource Management and a previous Principal of a private business, he has an appreciation for the need of private business and the importance that small business owners play in the economic strength of any community.  These business owners and their businesses are a vital component to a region's sustainability, growth and prosperity and he considers it a pleasure to serve on the Community Futures Yellowhead East Board of Directors.

To Nick, entrepreneurship is the creation and the building of a business from the ground up or the acquisition of existing commercial potential.  The willingness to take risks and to make personal sacrifices, along with the devotion of endless amounts of time and energy to make sure your business is profitable and grows into an enterprise you are proud of.

Aside from council and committee obligations, he serves on the board for the Onoway & District Chamber of Commerce, Executive member with Northeast Rural Crime watch, active member of the Onoway Fish & Game Association and a member with the Lac Ste. Anne Community Choir.  When you don’t find him doing any of these, he is usually cursing the loss of a golf ball, enjoying time at the lake cooking the perfect marshmallow, or just spending time at their acreage enjoying family & friends and especially if it is with any, or all, of their 18 grandchildren.

Daryl Weber

Vice Chairperson
Councilor, Village of Alberta Beach

Daryl attended NAIT before beginning a 45 year career with Xerox. Numerous roles in that time included Technician, Specialist and Project Manager. In recent years he has been involved in horizontal directional drilling.

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In his 4th year as Councillor with the Village of Alberta Beach, during which time Daryl has been a Director with Community Futures Yellowhead East and now serves as Vice Chairperson.

"Entrepreneurship means the possibility of more jobs, and taking financial and emotional risks for Community Futures clients. Entrepreneurs are more resourceful, more creative, energetic and driven".

Liz Krawiec

Councilor, Town of Swan Hills

Liz is in her third term as a councilor for the Town of Swan Hills.  Although this is her first time on the Community Futures Yellowhead East board, she has worked with CFYE through the Swan Hills Economic Development committee (EDC). 

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Liz's background has been in contractor services to the energy sector around Swan Hills as well as various areas in Alberta.

As the chairperson for Swan HIlls' Economic Development committee and the local Communities in Bloom program, Liz does believe that we each need to take a part in the ownership of what we want our communities to be in the future.

Serena Lapointe

Councilor, Town of Whitecourt

Jim Hailes

Town of Fox Creek

Jim Hailes, BEd, Grad Diploma Ed Admin. Long time resident of Fox Creek. Retired after serving as a Teacher and Administrator at Fox Creek School for 34 years.

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Very active in the community having been on numerous Boards and Committees, coached innumerable teams both at the school level and in the community, as well as, over the years participating in many sporting activities. Served on Fox Creek Town Council for 14 years and is currently the Mayor.

A member of the Board of Community Futures Yellowhead East for 3 years.

Marvin Schatz

Councilor, County of Barrhead

Marvin is a partner in a multi-generational family farm south of Barrhead. His is married and raised 3 kids in Barrhead. He is fortunate that the kids are all grown and married and now he has the privilege of being a grandparent.

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He has been a Barrhead County Councilor since 2013. Marvin was on the Pembina West Co-op board for 18 years in which he was board secretary, vice-president and president. He enjoys doing committee work and working with other people. He is on the Barrhead Seed Cleaning Plant board, Shepard’s Care Foundation Governance committee, County Policy committee and the Ag Service Board. He’s also been part of the Ag Society and FCSS.

Being a small business owner / farmer himself, Marvin is diverse in all aspects of what it takes to own and operate a business and hopes he can put that knowledge to use with CFYE.

Marvin has been on the CFYE board since October 2019. He thinks Community Futures is a good way to get not only young people, but people from all walks of life, the opportunity to become entrepreneurs. It’s important for our community to have an organization like CFYE that offers a wide range of business loan options, training courses, personal business coaching and networking events.

Dave Kusch

Councilor, Woodlands County


Ty Assaf

Councilor, Town of Barrhead

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Anna Greenwood

Councilor, Town of Mayerthorpe

I am excited to be appointed as the Town of Mayerthorpe representative on the Board for Community Futures Yellowhead East. I'm looking forward to the challenges that this position will bring and I recognize that my learning curve will be steep.

I was born and raised on a multigenerational family farm north of Sangudo. I am proud to be the third generation of my family involved in politics at various levels. This is my second term serving on Mayerthorpe Town Council.

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I moved to Mayerthorpe in 1983 to begin my teaching career. I remained at Elmer Elson Elementary for over 35 years, until my retirement in 2018. During that time, I taught multiple grades and served as assistant principal and principal.

My work at the school instilled in me the importance of strong community connections. When the community is growing and doing well, so too, does the school. In order to grow we need a strong business community and employment opportunities for community members. Community Futures is an avenue to help us with this growth.

Mayerthorpe is my home and I want to make it the best place to live, not only for myself but for everyone in the community. I want our town to be sustainable and grow by becoming the community of choice for new families and businesses.

Robin Murray

Councilor, Town of Onoway

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Board Composition


Community Futures Yellowhead East is governed by a 10 member Board of Directors appointed on an annual basis from our 10 Shareholder communities. All Directors are restricted to a maximum 8 year term on the Board to ensure periodic, if not annual Board renewal.  These appointed Directors bring extensive knowledge and experience about the local and regional economy and the area’s social composition.

Directors are appointed by the individual Shareholder communities based on the assessment of the locally elected municipal representatives as to who would best represent their community interests in the context of a regional economic development organization. As the 10 Shareholder communities are disbursed throughout the region there is satisfactory geographic representation.

The skills required to serve on this Board would include engagement in their own community, willingness to participate in Board discussion and initiatives for the region as a whole and a common sense approach to advocating and action for Community Futures Yellowhead East.

The Community Futures Yellowhead East Board of Directors does not have specific age or gender requirements for Board composition but historically there has been as good balance based on the diversity achieved when drawing from 10 Shareholder communities.

All Board and Staff members are bound by a Code of Conduct and Confidentiality Agreement including Conflict of Interest and Privacy regulations.


Contact Us

Unit #1, 5023 - 50 Ave.
Box 2185
Whitecourt, AB  T7S 1P8
P: (780) 971-0966


Communities Served

Alberta Beach, Barrhead, Benbow, Birch Cove, Bloomsbury, Blue Ridge, Camp Creek, Castle Island, Cherhill, Darwell, Fallis, Fort Assiniboine, Fox Creek, Glenevis, Greencourt, Gunn, Hurdy, Kaybob, Knight, Lake Isle, Lisburn, Lombell, Lone Pine, Manola, Mayerthorpe, Neerlandia, Onoway, Pass Creek, Rich Valley, Rochfort Bridge, Ross Haven, Sandy Beach, Sangudo, Silver Creek, Silver Sands, Southview, Sunrise Beach, Sunset Point, Swan Hills, Tiger Lily, Val Quentin, Vega, West Cove, Whitecourt, Windfall Junction, and Yellowstone