Thompson Okanagan Community Board in action

Our Thompson Okanagan Community Board has donated $2.5 million since 2011 to 302 grassroots projects, charities and organizations.

How we made a difference in 2019


Budget allocated


Local charities

Sean Pihl (Chair)

Principal, Pihl Law Corporation

A member of the TELUS Thompson Okanagan Community Board since 2011, Sean Pihl was named Chair in 2014. Raised in the Okanagan Valley before moving to Vancouver and later Halifax, Sean attended Dalhousie Law School where he obtained his Bachelor of Laws and was called to the Bar in 1997. He has appeared at the Provincial, Supreme and Appellate Court levels, in addition to his extensive arbitration and mediation experience. Sean practices exclusively in the area of civil litigation, with an emphasis on complex personal injury litigation and employment law. Passionate about giving back, Sean focuses his volunteer efforts primarily on community and professional development. He was previously a board director of the School District #23 Student Assistance Association; President of the Canadian Mental Health Association (Kelowna Branch); Treasurer of the Kelowna Junior Chamber of Commerce; and President of the Kelowna Bar Association. Sean is also Past Chair and founder of the Canadian Bar Association’s Okanagan Civil Litigation Section. He is a volunteer lecturer at the University of British Columbia (Okanagan Campus) and has presented at educational seminars on a variety of legal topics.

Tim Draper (Vice Chair)

Vice President, Sales, Business Solutions West, TELUS

Michael J. Ballingall

Senior Vice President, Big White Ski Resort

Bert Braybrook

Director, Royal Inland Hospital Foundation Board

Jeff Cruickshank

General Manager - Home Team, Okanagan Region,  TELUS

Josh Dueck

Professional Athlete, Coach, Mentor and Motivational Speaker

Wendy Heshka

Director of Communications, City of Kamloops

Ned Hodaly

General Manager, Home Team, Thompson Region,  TELUS

Mark Kay

Senior Counsel, Legal Services, TELUS (Board Secretary)

Anne Kirkpatrick

CFRE, Development 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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