BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Tom
Kirstein

Chair

Tom graduated from SFU in 1969, received his CA in 1972 and in 1973, founded the accounting firm now known as KNV Chartered Accountants. He was awarded his FCA by the BC Institute of Chartered Accountants in 2002. Aside from being a member of the KNV management team, Tom was responsible for providing accounting, auditing, tax and business advisory services to KNV's clientele, 1973-2007. Born and raised in Vancouver, Tom is married with four adult children, and enjoys travel, golf and his ten grandchildren.

Professional and public appointments or elected positions:

  • Board Member of Coast Capital Savings and Surrey Metro Savings (SMS) Credit Unions from 1988 to 2000 and from 2001 to 2004 (SMS Board Chair 1992–1995 and 2001-2002), including numerous years as Chair of the Audit Committee
  • Board Member of Peace Arch Hospital Society 1975–1980, Chair 1978–1980
  • Mayor of the City of White Rock, 1979 – 1983
  • Director, Greater Vancouver Regional District 1980–1983, including chair of GVRD Planning Committee in 1982 and membership on the GVRD’s Hospital Committee, 1981–1983
  • Alderman of the City of White Rock, 1978–1979
  • Co-Chairman and Founder of the Canadian Open Sandcastle Competition, 1979–1987, an event that attracted 1 million people to the 8 days of competition
  • Board Member of the Peace Arch Curling Club, 1975–1979, President 1978-1979
  • A founding Board Member of the CA School of Business, 2000-2005
  • President of the DFK Accountancy Group (Canada), 1997–2000
  • Member of the Education Advisory Board, BC Institute of Chartered Accountants, 1997–2000
  • Member of the Board, CA Education Foundation, 1999–2004
  • Chair of the Peace Arch Hospital Foundation Campaign Cabinet, 2006-2011. This campaign raised $25 million for 4 major capital projects at Peace Arch Hospital.

Gareth
Abreo

Director

Gareth has lived in the Township of Langley for over thirty years, and has strong ties to Fort Langley. Gareth, his wife Kaitlyn, and their son Owen can often be seen strolling through the village with a gelato in hand. Gareth has worked with Wendel’s for over thirteen years, and is responsible for the operation of Wendel’s True Foods, their retail grocery division which sells bakery items made in Langley across Canada and the United States.

Gareth has served as a director of The Fort Langley Legacy Foundation, The Fort Langley Community Improvement Society, Tourism Langley and is currently serving as the chair of the Fort Langley Business Improvement Association. He also served on the Township of Langley Community Input Group Task Force as a representative of the Fort Langley business community.

Frank
Cox

Director

Frank Cox was born in Miles City, Montana, and since immigrating to Canada in 1965 has enjoyed various vocations including: work in the forest industry, owning and operating various fishing vessels, work in international community development with CUSO, fishing industry union rep and contract negotiator, and Co-manager of a fishing industry adjustment and re-training program. Currently, Frank works as a landscape designer and installer, as well as conducting coastal marine adventure tours on his retired fishing vessel.

Frank brings a wealth of organizational experience to the board, having served as chair for the board of the Georgia Strait Alliance, board member of the False Creek Harbour Authority, chair of the Fort Langley Community Association, and co-chair of the Fort Langley Community Improvement Society. Frank has lived in Fort Langley since 2007 with his wife and fellow community activist Toni Henderson at 9385 Casimir Street. Both Frank and Toni share with others the commitment to building a vibrant, walk-able , environmentally progressive village.

Barry
Dashner

Director

Having lived in and around Vancouver for 66 years, the most recent 14 years in Fort Langley, Barry appreciate all that this area of the world has to offer. He is happily married with 3 daughters, 3 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. With a technical degree (1974) and significant work experience started a ‘high technology’ industrial controls company (1978), and focusing on staff, customers and technology grew it into a leading vision systems company throughout North America and Europe. The company was successfully acquired in 2012. Time with family and friends, rowing on the Bedford channel, travel and business consulting keeps Barry active and looking towards the future with enthusiasm.

Kelly
Holmes

Director

Kelly Holmes has lived in Langley since moving to Walnut Grove in 1988. Later she then moved with her family to Fort Langley and has stayed there for the last twenty years. She has been an active member of the community volunteering at local community events and local charities.

Kelly is a docent at the Langley Centennial Museum and currently sits on the Museum Advisory Committee for the Township of Langley, and has sat on the Heritage Advisory Committee for the Township. Kelly has worked with galleries in the local area, displaying her fused glass. Kelly is focused on helping to keep Fort Langley and the Township growing and the sense of community that can be found here.

Shona
De Guzman

Director

Originally immigrating from Scotland to Vancouver in 1967, Shona have now been living in Fort Langley since 1971. She attended both Fort Langley elementary and Fort Junior High schools finishing off with grades 11 & 12 at Langley Senior Secondary. She worked as an MOA for the 4 original founding physicians of the Fort Medical Practice and most recently as an Executive assistant for a High Tech Co. Shona is happily married with two daughters. Fort Langley has been my home for 47 years and she feels fortunate to have raised my own children here in this quaint and bustling village.

Maureen
Rose

Director

Maureen Rose moved to Fort Langley in 2015 and lives on Bedford Trail on the river with her husband Rob along with a dog and two cats. She has degrees in Anthropology, History, and Horticulture and is a retired horticulturist and garden designer. She's an avid gardener, a foodie, and a passionate hockey player. Maureen was born in Toronto and has lived in Ottawa since she was a child. Her family includes two adult daughters, their husbands and one grandson in Ontario.

Rob
Rose

Director

Rob Rose moved to Fort Langley in 2015 and lives on Bedford Trail on the river with his wife Maureen along with a dog and two cats. He has been a senior software executive for some of Canada's largest software companies. Today, he advises many software businesses on a variety of topics. He's a foodie and an avid musician. Rob was born in The United States and has lived in Ottawa since he was a child. His family includes two adult daughters, their husbands and one grandson in Ontario.

Eric
Woodward

Director

Eric started investing in Fort Langley in 2005. Since that time Statewood Properties Ltd has greatly improved overall tenant mix management, completed multiple façade improvements and extensive renovations, and, more recently, completed new construction with the high-end LEED Gold Coulter Berry Building at the corner of Glover Road and Mavis Avenue.

Eric was previously a software technologist founding or co-founding multiple Internet-based startups, such as Internet Direct, at one time the largest internet service provider (ISP) in Western Canada, Mail.com, which completed a NASDAQ IPO in 1998, and DomainWorks, which sold privately in 2008.

Growing up in Langley, Eric lives in Fort Langley. He was the President of the Fort Langley Business Improvement Association for 5 years from 2012-2017, now currently serving his 6th year as a Director. He also serves as a Director of the Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation.