Volunteer with Us

Volunteer with Community Futures Cowichan

At Community Futures Cowichan, we have supported economic development in the Cowichan Region since 1987. We help businesses start and expand and we get involved in economic and community development projects. As a not-for-profit corporation, our strength comes from our volunteer Board and Committees.

If you have a background or interest in small business development, finance, economic and social development OR if you care about helping create a bright economic future for our community, then we are looking for someone like you!

Board of Directors

Florie Varga

Board Chair

Florie has more than 25 years' professional consulting and entrepreneurial experience. She openly offers her knowledge, skills, and tools to both clients and the organizations she supports.

Florie believes that what makes a creative life, business or career thrive is the passion that drives it - and aligning that passion with your unique style of personal leadership,

Victor Gamble
Matthew Huotari
Janice John-Mitchell
Moira Hauk
Koren Palmer
Shannon Roome

Contact Cathy Robertson, General Manager, at 250-746-1004 to discuss volunteer opportunities.

Committee Members

Business Development Committee

  • Matthew Huotari, Chair
  • Moira Hauk
  •  Kevin Gamble
  •  Shannon Roome
  • Al Jackson
  • Janice John-Mitchell

Finance & Audit Committee


  • Victor Gamble, Chair
  • Florie Varga (Ex-Officio)

Executive Committee


  • Florie Varga, Chair
  • Victor Gamble, Treasurer and Finance & Audit Committee Chair
  • Matthew Huotari, Business Development Committee Chair

Governance Committee

  •  Florie Varga

Community Economic Development (CED) Operational Committee

  • Florie Varga
Florie Varga 2019
Volunteer of the Year 2022

Florie Varga

Florie has been a volunteer with Community Futures since 2019. In that time she has led our Governance Committee and stepped into her current role as Board Chair.

With her background, Florie has shared her professional toolbox of knowledge around strategic planning, HR development, and leadership, which has been a valuable resource for CFC. She is a supporter of community well-being, particularly amongst the youth and community initiatives aimed at improving local quality of life.

Previous Members of the Year

  • 2021: Moira Hauk
  • 2020: Janna Jorgensen
  • 2019: Dana Thorne
  • 2018: Sarah Morden
  • 2017: Ronnie Doman
  • 2016: Mark Marcil
  • 2015: Bob Annis
  • 2014: Sheila Service
  • 2013: Mike Evans
  • 2012: Dave Jackson
  • 2011: Greg Clifford
  • 2010: Gordon Holyer
  • 2009: Geoff Millar
  • 2008: Tek Manhas
  • 2007: Doug Allan