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Board of Directors 


Amy Carter, President 

“I was looking for another aspect to my life,” explains Amy Carter, the Community General Manager at CIBC. “I work full time, I’m a mom, and I wanted to add another element where I can have that process of giving back.”


Amy moved to Creston in 2015.  She knew that the community, with its robust support networks, was a good fit not just professionally but also for her family. Her daughter Gigi, who has profound cognitive disabilities, just turned 16 and Amy is ready to explore new personal directions. She was ultimately drawn to the CKF’s broad focus on community needs.


In her time on the board, Amy hopes to work on bridging the gap between organizations and donors. “I want more people to know what the foundation does,” she adds. “From both a grant side and from the donor side.”


I was born and raised in Creston. I graduated from PCSS and then went on to university for 3 years. I returned home to take over the family business with the sudden passing of my father.


During my business career I have run a number of businesses in the Creston Valley. During those years I served on a number of community boards; Creston Museum Society, Economic Development, the Creston Chamber of Commerce and the Community Policing Committee. 


As a Rotarian, a core value we practice is: “Will it be Beneficial to all concerned?” Building a community should benefit all. The Creston Valley Community Foundation plays a big role in creating a culture where all people can thrive.

Casey Messinger 


I was born and raised in Cranbrook BC, and pursued a career in finance, which after graduation has taken me through British Columbia and Alberta over the last 25 years. I have had a chance to explore many different roles within the banking industry and now have a job I love, as a Financial Planner with RBC and hold my Personal Financial Planning designation.

I relocated to Creston in 2014, to be closer to immediate family. I love spending spare time with family, camping, fishing, and hiking with my husband and two children.

In the past I have been actively involved in organizations and donated my time, as a treasurer for local organizations, a fellowship organization and a Girl Guide leader for several years.  As I grow and explore this wonderful community and surrounding area, I want to be able to give back in ways that matter, and build prosperity for the Creston Valley. Being a board member for CVCF has provided me this amazing opportunity.

Christina Giles

Alex Gesheva

I am a former journalist, and worked as a policy analyst for Yukon Government, in education and health and social services. During that time, I also had a chance to finish my MA in Strategic Communication with the University of Missouri. I moved to Creston in 2015 when my husband Jeremy started his family medicine practice here, and I now manage our small clinic, Sunrise Sunset Medical.

My previous non-profit background has been with groups who provide direct services, including in immigrant literacy in the US, and employment supports for people with disabilities. Since I joined the CVCF board in 2017, I’ve gained a profound appreciation for the quieter, behind-the-scenes work of our community foundation.

My family chose this wonderful valley to call home, so I am grateful for the local focus of the CVCF and our small, friendly board’s ability to pivot, support a variety of causes and respond to our community’s changing needs over the past few years.

My late husband and I retired to the Creston valley 25 years ago,  from Calgary. Originally living in Lister, I now live in the town of Creston.

My professional background was in Social Services and Outdoor Leisure. I served many years on boards connected with children’s social services in Calgary. In Creston, I served over 5 years on the Board of PAWS both as Treasurer and President along with interests in other charities in the valley including the Creston Community Seed Bank Society.

Currently with The Creston Valley Community Foundation and a founding member of the Creston and District Community CO-OP, I am eager to see this community grow and continue to expand its unique and friendly environment.

Carol Freeman 

Jason Truscott 

Community service resonates with Jason Truscott. For the last 110 years, members of his family have lived, worked and contributed to building community in the Creston Valley. In that time, he says, “Truscotts have also received so much from the valley it’s almost impossible to find a way to pay it back.”

Jason spent 10 years in Vancouver, 7 in London and additional time in the Kootenays in his career, and looks forward to further building the CKF endowment.

“I want to help ensure we’re distributing funds according to our donors’ wishes and coming up with new ideas,” he says. “What I do in my career (Financial Advisor) is to be a broker of sorts, build bridges from services to people, people to services.”


I moved to the Creston Valley over 42 years ago to become a partner in a local insurance brokerage. Prior to moving to Creston I was a Chief Underwriter with an International Insurance Company. After 30 years in the brokerage the business was sold and I retired.

While in business I served on the Boards or Advisory Boards of four multinational corporations,  was a volunteer firefighter for 21 years and an Auxiliary RCMP Constable for 10 years. In 1997 I was deeply honored to receive the Citizen of the Year award.

My wife Teresa and I have been married over 50 years with 3 children and 4 grandchildren.

Jim Elford

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Ted Hutchinson 

My wife Avis and I moved to Creston in 2009 in search of a better climate than Northern Alberta could provide as well as a smaller community in which to enjoy our retirement. We have been very happy with our decision and have enjoyed our time here very much.

My career was spent in retail operations, the last 14 years with Staples where I enjoyed filling a number of roles from Store Manager to District Manager to Director of Sales and Operations for Western Canada (Regional VP). Some claim that retail is all about detail, but my experience has been that it's really all about people.

I have been fortunate to find an organization such as the Creston Valley Community Foundation where I can add my experience to those of the other Board Members in a collaborative effort to further the Foundation's cause.


Dina Bambrick

I have lived in and benefited from the beautiful, pristine Creston Valley most of my life. After graduating, I came back for one year in 1979 with my husband Terry. That year became decades, as we immersed ourselves in the community. Working with others to explore, develop and partner in small business enterprises allowed us to remain in the valley, successfully raise our children, and enjoy the enviable environment and high quality of life offered here.

I retired as an Executive Director in the not-for-profit social sector, served two terms as a School Trustee and now advocate for senior issues, as a volunteer with the Office of the Senior Advocate of BC.

It is a privilege to give back to the place that is my home, by working with the Foundation to inspire donors and support the needs of the community.

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