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Our Team


The men and women who form the task force represent citizens from all walks of life. They are our neighbours, our friends and our customers. They also provide a significant talent pool of expertise. While the group recognizes that it isn't our job to build the highway or determine the new route, members who have been involved in such projects in the past consider a bypass feasible. Over the lifespan of the group much research has been done highlighting engineering challenges, environmental and social impact, population and traffic projections.
 
Team Member

John Abernethy, P.Eng.

 

Director

 

abernetj@telus.net

John is the principal of JW Abernethy Management & Consulting Ltd, a personal services consultancy established in 1984. John has provided planning and operational advice to an international clientele of open pit mine and resource project developers. John has provided hands on management of all phases of major civil construction projects and open pit mines including feasibility and detailed planning studies and physical operations. Project venues include many remote locations in Canada, Australia and South America. John is semi-retired at present.
Team Member

Carol Brown

 

Director

 

ccjbrown@shaw.ca

Carol Brown's professional career in the Banking business has spanned some 35 years working in both the chartered Banks and Credit Union systems. Starting as a front line customer service representative, Carol soon worked her way through supervisory and instructor positions to participating in program conversion projects at the Corporate level.

Carol's personal, or second career, has focused on raising a family and travelling the country in support of her husband Craig's Air Traffic Control profession. Now settling in beautiful Peachland for their retirement, Carol devotes her time to family, gardening, community support and participating in Craig's musical projects.
Team Member

Ted Cave

 

Director

 

tdcave@hotmail.com

Ted Cave, along with his wife Donna, was amongst the original members of the HYW 97 Task Force. A native British Columbian Ted grew up and worked in the Lower Mainland moving to West Kelowna in 1985. As a self employed business operator, he ran a manufacturing concern until he retired in 2007.

Ted and Donna moved to Peachland in 1999, designed and renovated their Beach Avenue house and settled in to the community. Ted and Donna are both very involved with the Legion and both partake of other community activities. Neither Ted nor Donna have every been as settled as they are in our little town.
Team Member

Marilyn Dodd

 

Director

 

jimnsam@shaw.ca

Marilyn Dodd was raised in central Alberta. She graduated with Honors in Merchandising Administration from SAIT and went to work for The Bay, first as a management trainee and then as a Buyer/Department Manager. Marilyn and her husband, Jim, started travelling in 1971, and have continued to do so whenever possible ever since. She sold RVs in Calgary for many years. They moved to Peachland in 1979 and became very involved in the community. Marilyn served two terms as an Alderman, from 1983 through 1987. Her main efforts during her time on Council included expanded telephone service in Peachland, a new Community Hall, and pushing for a Highway 97 bypass above Peachland. Marilyn sold Real Estate in Westbank and Peachland until she retired. Since then, the Dodd's have travelled extensively, but she has always maintained an interest in the Community and especially in the promotion of the Bypass Concept.
Team Member

Ken Janes

 

Director

 

kjanes@shaw.ca

Ken Janes is an 11-year resident of Peachland having arrived to the Okanagan with his family for the first time from 30 years in Winnipeg. Appreciating the natural beauty and serenity of the vaIley from the unique viewpoint of Peachland on the lake, is the experience that compelled the decision to move west in 2003. As a civil engineering technologist and an architectural software developer, Ken works from his home office on Desert Pines Avenue, within sight and sound of Highway 97. One of the earliest members of the Task Force, he wanted to be involved in shaping the future of the highway and mitigating its effect on the aesthetics of the community. Knowing that the status quo was, and is, insufficient for projected traffic volumes, and that a four-lane swath cut through our community is disquieting, Ken actively supports "A Better Way for the Highway".
Team Member

Ken Klein

 

Director

 

kgklein@shaw.ca

Additional information coming soon.
Team Member

Gordon Pope

 

Director

 

willslocations@gmail.com

Additional information coming soon.
Team Member

Berend (Bert) Put

 

Director

 

berendput@gmail.com

Bert is a power engineer, who graduated Marine Engineering College in the Netherlands, and completed further education in BC and Quebec. His specialties include energy conservation, waste to energy technologies, energy auditing, job safety, sales and marketing. Fluent in English, Dutch, German, and with a working knowledge of Spanish, French and Portuguese, Bert has lectured at conferences and worked on projects throughout the world.

Bert brings to our Society extensive experience in engineering, environmental science, planning, negotiating and marketing. His duties have included heavy industrial facility construction, soil contamination investigation and remediation, environmental agency consulting, heat recovery boiler work and industrial maintenance contract work. The list of companies Bert has served over the decades is too lengthy to list here.
 

 

 

Team Member

Gus Richardson

 

Director

 

majar@shaw.ca

Gus is a social worker by profession, a graduate of Concordia University and the University of Calgary. Gus has spent 40 years of his career working in the fields of corrections, addictions, mental and forensic health. He has served on the boards of many organizations, including BCACL, the lookout Emergency Services Society, the Semihamoo Housing Society, the Kindale Development Society, the BC Criminal justice Society and the John Howard Society.

Gus and his wife Mavis moved to Peachland in 1999.
 

 
Team Member

Peter Warner, Q.C.

 

Director

 

peterwarner444@gmail.com

Peter has practiced law for 37 years as a general business lawyer, and is now semi-retired. Following education at SFU and UBC, Peter practiced at the Prince George law firm of Heather Sadler Jenkins then moved to Peachland in 2008. Specialties include corporate, commercial, industrial, employment and administrative law.

Peter has served the legal profession over many years as an elected official with the Law Society of BC, Canadian Bar Association, Caribou Bar Association, Prince George Bar Association, Law Foundation of BC and was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1997.

Peter has served the community at large as a director of the College of New Caledonia, and on the Mental Health Review Panel Board.
Our newest Directors: Jeff McDougall, Wylli Seip, Craig Bitcon and Brady Ives. Bios and photos to follow soon