Volunteers are the driving force behind the What Really Matters Capital Campaign in Chilliwack. With $713,500 already raised, the Chilliwack Capital Campaign Volunteer Cabinet is working hard so that all children and families can benefit from transformational YMCA programs. Led by cabinet Chair Wayne McAlpine and Vice Chair Jason Arnold, we are now pleased to introduce you to the rest of the team of inspiring leaders:
WAYNE MCALPINE, CHAIR CHILLIWACK CAMPAIGN CABINET
Wayne McAlpine has a long history with the Chilliwack community. A resident since 1985, Wayne has supported numerous community organizations as a volunteer, donor and member. Wayne has been a member of the Chilliwack Curling Club since 1985, a volunteer on the distribution committee for the Chilliwack Foundation, served as Past President of the Chilliwack Rotary Club and is a member, long term volunteer and donor at the Chilliwack YMCA. A retired banker, Wayne now enjoys travelling, golfing, curling, YMCA Aquafit classes and spending time with his wife Judy and two sons.
What Really Matters to Wayne? “There is a higher number of children in our area entering kindergarten who are developmentally vulnerable compared to the provincial average, and I think that is unacceptable. We need to do something about that––and a whole lot more.”
JASON ARNOLD, VICE-CHAIR CHILLIWACK CAMPAIGN CABINET
Jason Arnold is a Managing Partner of the Mertin Auto Group in Chilliwack, BC. Born and raised in Oshawa, Ontario, Jason received his Bachelor of Commerce degree from McMaster University before beginning his career at General Motors. Over the next nine years he had several management positions that took him to Sudbury, Edmonton, Toronto, Moncton and Oshawa. In 2007, Jason and his family moved to Chilliwack, BC, where he began working at Mertin Auto Group. In his spare time, Jason enjoys nothing more than spending time with his family, exercising and taking part in many outdoor activities.
What Really Matters to Jason? “Family matters more than anything else. My wife and two sons will always be at the top of my list. My health and the health of others is very important to me which is one of the main reasons I am supporting the YMCA. Chilliwack has so many great outdoor activities available and all of them can be enjoyed longer, more fully and with fewer injuries by using YMCA facilities and programs as part of our daily routines.”
Scott has been a member of the senior management team at the Mertin Auto Group since 1991.
He and his family are proud supporters of many Chilliwack non-profits such as Chilliwack Community Services, Chilliwack School of Performing Arts, and of course the YMCA, where his father was a founding director.
Scott enjoys spending time with his wife Valerie and daughters, Jessica and Hailey. Other interests are Real Estate development, classic cars and boating.
What Really Matters to Scott? “As a young person my parents instilled in me the importance of health, education, and social equality. I believe that it is important to give back if we are able, be it volunteering or financial support. It is important to me that the YMCA is able to continue to improve the lives of many, by developing confident and healthy children, youth, families, and seniors, regardless of means.”
DR. KEN HARDER, MD, CCFP, FCFP
Ken has been a physician in Chilliwack since 1992 and the Site Director of the Chilliwack UBC Family Practice Residency program for the past 11 years.
He is married to Kim and they have a son, Samuel, and daughter, Kathryn. “We are all Y “RATS” and proud of it!” says Ken.
What Really Matters to Ken? “The Y family. Our family have been members of the Chilliwack YMCA since our arrival in Chilliwack 25 years ago. When my children worked as lifeguards and camp counselors they met other young people who had been associated with the Y for many years and I was exposed to their Y stories and they were interested to hear our Y stories. I realized that being a Y member is like being a member of a very large family. I miss my Y family now that our Y is closed for construction. My days are made better when I reunite with one of my Y friends at the leisure center, on a local hiking trail, or at a grocery store, restaurant or pub. They are just as pleased to see me as I them and we commiserate on how much we miss the Y. This is why I agreed to be part of the Chilliwack Y cabinet. Our family needs a new home and I want to do my part to help this happen.”
Ed is a lawyer and partner of Waterstone Law Group, practicing primarily in the area of Wills, Estates, Trusts and Estate Disputes.
He was born in Pennsylvania and moved with his family to British Columbia in 1974. Ed received his BSc degree in Microbiology from UBC before moving east to obtain his law degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax. He returned to BC in 1989 and articled and practiced with a Chilliwack law firm before joining Waterstone in 1997.
He is a member of the Estate Planning Council of Abbotsford and a frequent lecturer on many topics related to Wills, Estates and Elder Law.
Outside of the office, Ed is very active in community affairs, having been Past- President of the Chilliwack-Fraser Rotary Club and Director of the Chilliwack Family YMCA, YMCA Endowment Foundation, Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce and Chilliwack Hospice Society respectively. Ed has a busy family life and fills any spare time participating in basketball, golf and traveling.
What Really Matters to Ed? “Family, health and community matter to me. Giving back to community is important for us all to feel connected.”
CASEY LANGBROEK, FCPA, FCGA
Casey Langbroek is privileged to have forty-seven years of experience in the accounting profession; building, growing and nurturing the accounting firm he is Senior Partner of LLT LLP.
Casey’s commitment to his profession, his community, to Canada and to International endeavors was recognized when he received the prestigious Fellowship designation from the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada.
Casey is a proven active leader within his community; he has served sixteen years on Chilliwack City Council and eighteen years in local and regional hospital governance, in addition to positions with numerous other community, municipal, provincial and federal boards and committees, including, most recently, the Chair of the BC Broiler Hatching Egg Commission.
He has been married to Jane for forty-three years. Together, they have three children and six grandchildren, yet Casey still claims he is too young to be a grandfather. Casey and Jane have encouraged their children and grandchildren to live a life filled with commitment, love for family, service to others and lots of fun! When not at the office, Casey enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking, road-cycling, working out at the gym and actively travelling with 109 countries visited so far.
What Really Matters to Casey? “Health and wellness is very important to families, individuals and community. A vital ingredient to any community is the availability of recreation facilities and programs. The YMCA has provided recreational opportunities in Chilliwack for many years. To assist the YMCA as a member of the Chilliwack Campaign Cabinet was a natural match to one of my core values: ‘Serve Community to Promote Health and Wellness’.”
EDDY MEJLHOLM, CFP, CIM, FCSI
Eddy Mejlholm is a Wealth Advisor and Associate Portfolio Manager with RBC Dominion Securities in Chilliwack. After several years working in the telecommunications industry, Eddy began working in the financial services industry in 2005 before obtaining his Certified Financial Planner designation in 2007. In addition to many financial industry qualifications and training, including the Chartered Investment Manager and Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute designations, he holds a Bachelor of General Studies and an Advanced Certificate in Management Studies from Thompson Rivers University.
Eddy has made Chilliwack home since 2008 after growing up in nearby Surrey. He is married with three sons. They are very involved in their church, the local Chilliwack YMCA and other charities. The Mejlholms also love the outdoors so can often be found biking, hiking, running, canoeing and camping around BC.
What really matters to Eddy? “The YMCA is the ideal organization to help more families in Chilliwack reach their potential. Whether it’s recovering from injury, illness or getting and staying healthy together as a family, the YMCA offers a variety of programs and a new facility that will serve our community for a long time to come. I’m excited about what the future has in store.”
Maureen moved to British Columbia in 2012 where she joined the University of the Fraser Valley as its Legal Counsel and subsequently became a member of the Law Society of British Columbia. Prior to her move west, Maureen lived in Ontario where she practiced corporate commercial law from 2003 to 2005 and then joined Brock University in St. Catharines as its Legal Manager.
Maureen studied Kinesiology (BHK 1997) and Law (LLB 2001) at the University of Windsor. She is passionate about the importance and role of physical activity for healthy citizens and a thriving society. We are therefore privileged to also have her serve as a member of the YMCA of Greater Vancouver Board of Directors. She lives in Chilliwack, BC with her long-time partner and two canines.
What Really Matters to Maureen? “What Really Matters to me is the health and well-being of our community members, in spirit, mind and body. It is also having a space where every community member feels that they can be their best self.”
Scott was born in Chilliwack and has been a member of the Chilliwack Family YMCA for more than 35 years. Scott is a Notary Public and partner with Simpson Notaries, a family business that has served the Fraser Valley for close to 50 years.
Scott is active in supporting many community initiatives having been a past president of the Chilliwack Mt. Cheam Rotary Club, a Director of the Society of Notaries Public of British Columbia and currently sits on the board of the Chilliwack Crime Prevention Society.
When not working or volunteering, Scott enjoys spending time with his wife Jacqueline and two children, Lucas and Olivia. Scott is also an avid mountain biker and trail builder, spending as much time as possible in the local mountains.
What really matters to Scott? “My family instilled in me a duty to give back to the community whenever possible, whether that means volunteering my time or by supporting charities financially. Physical activity and sports have been a big part of my life. Having a strong and vibrant YMCA in my community is very important to me as it supports the recreational needs for all and provides a tremendous service to those in need from children to seniors.”