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

Matthew Huotari

Board Chair

With over 10 years of business development experience, Matthew has a reputation for accelerating company growth and exceeding operational goals. He owns two local  Panago Pizza locations - Duncan and Mill Bay.

Simultaneously, Matthew became a fixture in the Cowichan Valley through his generous donations, fundraisers and community involvement. He is committed to creating positive change and believes in a prosperous and sustainable community.

In addition to his CFC role Matthew is a weekly volunteer at Nourish Cowichan, a grass-roots organization dedicated to providing nutritious meals to school children in the Cowichan Valley.

Victor Gamble
Janice John-Mitchell
Koren Palmer
Shannon Roome
Graeme Service
Kate Tremills
Jean Cardno
Derek Gullmes

Contact Cathy Robertson, General Manager, at 250-746-1004 or crobertson@cfcowichan.ca to discuss volunteer opportunities.

Committee Members

Business Development Committee - (BDC)

  • Matthew Huotari, Chair
  •  Kevin Gamble
  •  Shannon Roome
  • Al Jackson
  • Janice John-Mitchell
  • Koran Palmer
  • Graeme Service
  • Derek Gullmes

Finance & Audit Committee

  • Victor Gamble, Chair

Executive Committee

  • Matthew Huotari, Board and BDC Chair
  • Victor Gamble, Treasurer and Finance & Audit Committee Chair

Governance Committee

  • Victor Gamble
  • Matthew Huotari
Victor Gamble
Volunteer of the Year 2022 - 2023

Victor Gamble

Victor joined the Community Futures Cowichan Board in 2016 and became the Treasurer in 2020.

Victor was born in Winnipeg and raised in the Cowichan Valley where he graduated from Cowichan Secondary. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant and owns an accounting firm in Duncan with his son. He is an effective team builder and is known for mentoring juniors and small businesses. Victor has previously volunteered his accounting services at the Duncan Curling Club and Cowichan Golf and Country Club.

When not behind the desk helping clients, you can find him behind a curling rock competing in major curling events.

Previous Members of the Year

  • 2022: Florie Varga
  • 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