Ian Cooper / Board Chair
Ian was fortunate enough to move to Cumberland five years ago after a decade in Victoria. The mix of people from all backgrounds calling the Valley home, has further cemented his belief in finally having found his home. Ian has fond memories of the many canoe trips he took with his family growing up, and splashing around the local lakes and swimming docks. These times proved formative to his environmental ethic and deep appreciation for the natural world. Ian has spent the past 15 years working with adjudicated youths in Wilderness settings throughout Alberta and British Columbia. For the past 10 years he has been employed as a Wilderness Youth Worker at Coastline Challenges; a month long, expedition based program, for youth on probation. When not at work, Ian can be found skiing, paddling, and surfing as much as possible in order to avoid home renovations! Ian is excited about being part of the CLWS team and building on the park's tradition as a gathering place for families, and people of all ages and backgrounds to connect with each other and the natural world.
Nancy Silverstein / Director
Nancy and her husband, Adam, came to Cumberland six years ago in search of a small town with access to all their favorite outdoor pursuits: canoeing, skiing, biking, hiking, surfing, etc. While initially it was the forests, mountains and waters that drew them to our village, it was certainly the community that made them set down their roots. Nancy comes to the board with over 15 years of experience in the outdoor industry: guiding, ski patrolling and teaching outdoor education & environmental science to primary and secondary students in ON, QB and BC. Nancy also volunteered with the Comox Valley Search & Rescue team before becoming a full-time mother. Now, if she is not working on a landscape design project, then she is busy playing with her boys and striving to connect them to their natural surroundings as often as possible. Nancy is excited to serve the Cumberland community by helping others to forge their own connections to nature at the lake - for the sake of our health and, naturally, the health of our environment.
Maaike Pen / Director
After several holidays spent in the Comox Valley, Maaike made this paradise her home in 2002. Having grown up in the Netherlands she truly appreciates having mountains, forests, lakes, rivers and the ocean as her playground. Maaike is an avid sailor and dabbles in lots of other outdoor activities the valley and island have to offer. Over the years she has been involved with several non-profits in the Valley, both as volunteer, board member and paid employee. Joining the 2017 CLWS board, she brings a wealth of project and budget management experience as well as a jolly, down to earth, get ‘r done attitude. She is hoping to help CLWS further develop their mandate and build a solid foundation for future endeavours.