Board of Directors

Cowichan Lake Community Forest Co-operative Board

To learn more about our members and their key roles see the ‘About Us’ section of this website or, contact us.


2023 Board of Directors

Lorne Scheffer​


Born April 2 1950 Amsterdam Netherlands; married 52 years to my wife Elaine.

Have two adult children, five grand children, and three great grand children.

Worked as a logger for 52 years, joined the forest co-op in 2000 as the IWA Representative.  Served the CLCFC as Vice Chair and Chairman of the Board as well as Chairman of QalaYit Community Forest Board.

Tim McGonigle​

Vice Chair

Tim McGonigle, current Mayor for The Town of Lake Cowichan and Vice Chair of CLCFC; I have been the Town’s representative on the board for 16 years. Worked on the organizing committee to host the AGM for the Community Forest Association alongside other directors. Happy to be reappointed for this term as well. 

Ed James​

Independent Director

Ed James is a retired forest worker with over 50 years of experience. He was an owner of a scaling company and after retirement, he continued to consult to forest companies to scale timber.

He has been with CLCFCo-Op since 2015.

In retirement he has many hobbies including woodworking and gardening.

Richard Weir

Independent Director

Richard Weir joined CLCF Co-op in 2001.  Worked over 50 years in forest industry, starting with tree planting, then on to sawmill where I operated forklift for many years. I was a safety instructor for forklift operator’s, a volunteer fireman  in Mesachie Lake for 25 yrs and a director on Lake Cowichan Credit Union board for 15 yrs.

Patrick Hrushowy


Retired business consultant and resident of the Cowichan Valley for 35 years.  Married and we share our home with two cats and a wonderful puppy.

Ross Forrest

Independent Director

Ross is a lifetime Laker who served as the Mayor of Lake Cowichan from 2008-2018. During this time, he was an alternate on the CLCFC Board prior to becoming a Director in 2019. Part of his work history included twenty-seven years in the Forest industry. The love for his family and community has kept him actively involved as a volunteer.

George Donnelly

Director – Sunset Improvement District

Ian Morrison

Director Area F, Cowichan Lake South/Skutz Falls, Cowichan Valley Regional District

-Chair, Committee of the Whole Electoral Area Representative, Union of BC Municipalities Executive (UBCM)

-Chair, Environment Committee,

– Member, Indigenous Relation Committee Past President, Association of Vancouver Island & Coastal Communities(AVICC)

Elected to serve in 2008, I’m passionate about the West Cowichan area, and committed to working hard, and smart, to improve the lives and experiences of those we serve.

Dick Orman

Independent Director

Walter Richard (Dick) Orman, born in Orillia, Ontario in 1944. 

Joined the Canadian Armed Forces in July 1962 and retired as Chief Warrant Officer, Physician Assistant after serving in Ontario, BC, Alberta, Labrador, Europe and 9 years on HMCS ships. 

After retiring in 1991 I began my second career for the Department of National Defense developing and teaching First Aid Courses and Disaster programs. 

I became heavily involved in various organizations – Goldstream Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, and St. John Ambulance.  In 2004, after moving to Honeymoon Bay, I joined the Honeymoon Bay Community Society, Cowichan Lake Chamber of Commerce, carpet bowling, both local, Vancouver Island and BC 55+ Seniors Games. 

I am very proud to be a member of the Cowichan Lake Community Forest Co-operative.

Pat Weaver

Secretary - Elks Lodge #293

Jada Forrest

Independent Director

Jada Forrest was born and raised in Lake Cowichan. After graduating high school, Jada started University and moved to Vancouver to complete training in Physio and Occupational Therapy. After returning home to Lake Cowichan Jada purchased, sold, renovated, and upgraded numerous homes in and she soon realized that her deep interest in the real estate industry was something she wanted to pursue as more than a hobby. In early 2021, Jada and her business partner purchased Countrywide Village Realty. 

Jada is currently raising her 2 children with her husband here in Lake Cowichan. She enjoys biking, camping, exploring the Cowichan Valley, anything design-related, spending time with her family and friends and is an active member in the community.

Rod Peters

Independent Director

Born in Victoria, moved to Lake Cowichan in 1978 and started Lake Cowichan Home Centre. I was a counselor for 2 terms in the 1980s. I am very involved in the community, fire department, Arena Commission, Kinsmen, Kraken Jr B hockey. I retired in 2019 and stepped down from Mayor of Lake Cowichan. I am still volunteering in our community. 

Brent Clancy

Chamber of Commerce Rep

Brent was Born in Alberta, raised in Chemainus, BC and graduated from Vancouver Island University with a Bachelor of Business Administration. 

After working for 6 years in S. Korea he moved to Lake Cowichan, BC with his wife and daughter in 2014 and founded the business, V.I. Labour Services Inc. 

He joined the Cowichan Lake District Chamber of Commerce in 2015 and was nominated President in 2017, a role he still occupies today.

Joe Allan

Independent Director

I have worked in the forest industry for my entire career, retired in 2018. Was primarily employed as a Stationary steam engineer and Millwright in the sawmill and pulp and paper industry.

I served as an elected Director on the Cowichan Valley Regional District board for 22 years, 4 years as Chairperson.

Currently do contract supervision during boiler maintenance shutdowns.


Carolyne Austin

Bob Berrow

Jean Brown

Jack Cassey

Morreen Coulter

Tara Daly

Dave Darling

George DeLure

Rita Dustow

Mike Eckert

Pat Foster

Gary Gunderson

Tom Hedley

Brooke Hodson

Jim Humphrey

Dorothy Hunt

Bruce Ingram

David Kidd

Pat Kinney

Wendy Klien 

Klaus Kuhn

Dennis LaForge

Sue Lindstrom

Mike MacDonald

Alex Marshall

Ron McKenzie

Eric Nott

Rick Nott

Jack Peake

George Pohn

Carman Rocco

Bill Routley

Jim Scholey

Sheila Service

Sandy Stinson

Roger Wiles

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