The Art Farm Board

Joanne Norris – President

Joanne has spent her career working across cultures, disciplines and industries developing and leading innovative collaborations among business, government and civil society organizations. Joanne has a track record of creating viable economic development initiatives for under- represented groups that strategically align with business objectives. She thrives in leading the charge of engaging people and organizations to create innovative business and service models that benefit society and economies. Understanding, reporting and communicating the socio-economic value of this work is a predominant thread throughout Joanne’s career.

Joanne has worked domestically and internationally with government, civil society and private sector organizations such as Canadian Youth Business Foundation, Social Capital Partners, Vancity credit union, Status of Women Canada, Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and World Literacy of Canada. Joanne has also worked as a business consultant and trainer for startup entrepreneurs and worked in a family business.

Jeremy Valeriote – Secretary

Jeremy is a professional engineer and project manager who has built a career in environmental impact assessment and environmental remediation, focused on water resources.  He has a passion for nature and the outdoors and its capacity to inspire imagination and happiness.  Jeremy is convinced that great communication, science, art and education are the keys to finding a balance between human development and environmental integrity. Jeremy moved to the Sunshine Coast in 2008, and is excited to be involved in creative, innovative community-building and broadening of perspectives in this spectacular part of the world.

Terrence van der Woude – Director

Terence van der Woude is passionate about giving individuals what they need to succeed and ultimately help better civilization through contribution of information and opportunities.  His core values are respect for all living things; the earth belongs to no one; it is better to give than receive; speak from the heart; there IS a solution and, lastly, with love & patience, anything is possible. He spent his previous career of 18 years working in the performing arts, though not on stage. Now he is in his 4th year as a successful financial consultant with a vision to be the GVRD’s authority on financial education and to provide each individual, who is interested, the opportunity to find the financial balance we all want. Terence is also a sustainability enthusiast, a suburban farmer and a very proud papa!

Darren Franko – Treasurer

Darren is a CPA (Chartered Professional Accountant) and has spent the majority of his career working in the business systems side of organizations, which include the tourism, forestry, and utility sectors. Outside of work, Darren is passionate about most endurance sports and any manner of non-powered transportation methods. He may be the only Ironman who also owns an electric bicycle. Darren’s previous work with not-for-profit organizations was with a United Church on the north shore where he served as treasurer for over 15 years. He resides in North Vancouver with his wife and son.

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