Thompson Okanagan Community Board in action

Our Thompson Okanagan Community Board has donated $2.8 million since 2011 to 336 grassroots projects, charities and organizations.

How we made a difference in 2020


Budget allocated


Local charities

Michael J. Ballingall (Chair)

Senior Vice President, Big White Ski Resort

Michael J. Ballingall is a well-known figure in the Okanagan Valley through his position as the Senior Vice President of Big White Ski Resort Ltd., British Columbia’s second most popular winter resort. Ballingall has worked in tourism and hospitality in the Okanagan Valley since 1982. He is well regarded as an innovative thinker and leader within the ski and snowboard industry. Under Ballingall’s leadership, Big White has grown to become Canada’s Favorite Family Resort and has been honoured with many awards including top 5 Children’s Ski School in the world.

Active in the Thompson Okanagan, he is currently the Chair of the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association, Director of the Canadian Ski Council, member of Destination Canada USA Marketing Committee, member of the YLW Air Service Development team, Director Tourism Kelowna, Director Tourism Industry of British Columbia, and President of the Tourism Big White Society. Michael J. has been an integral member of the TELUS Thompson Okanagan Community board since its inception in 2011.

Ned Hodaly (Vice Chair)

General Manager, Home Team, Thompson Region,  TELUS

Bert Braybrook

Director, Royal Inland Hospital Foundation Board

Melanie Collins

President, TELUS Okanagan Ambassadors

Jeff Cruickshank

General Manager - Home Team, Okanagan Region,  TELUS

Tim Draper

Management Consultant, TBD Consulting

Josh Dueck

Professional Athlete, Coach, Mentor and Motivational Speaker

Katy Gottfriedson

Councillor, Tk’emlups te Secwepemc

Mark Kay

Senior Counsel, Legal Services, TELUS (Board Secretary)

Anne Kirkpatrick

Retired Major Gifts Officer, Okanagan College Foundation

Alison Moscrop

Board Chair, Colin and Lois Pritchard Foundation

Jennifer Park

Senior Community Affairs Manager, TELUS

Diane Paterson

Retired Manager, Gift Planning, KGH Foundation

Doug Rankmore

CEO, Kelowna General Hospital Foundation

Ashley Robinson

Youth Representative and Student, Okanagan College

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