Waskesiu Foundation - Enhancing the Waskesiu Experience
Derwin Arnstead, Chair
Derwin became Chair, effective January 1, 2016. He has served previously as Vice Chair and Director since 2012. Derwin brings to this role over 35 years of leadership, marketing, project management and credit experience at a national financial institution. He co-managed the Bears on the Beach playground project with his spouse, Chris. He is actively involved with the Foundation’s web presence and social media. Derwin lives in Regina and is a cabin owner at Waskesiu.
Jim Kerby, Past Chair
Jim is currently the Past Chair of the Waskesiu Foundation. He has been involved with the Foundation as a Director since 2002, and served as Chair for approximately three years. Jim stepped down as Chair of the Waskesiu Foundation in late 2015, after being elected as the Chair of the Waskesiu Community Council. He is a lawyer with over 30 years experience practising commercial law in Saskatchewan and Alberta, and is involved in a number of non-profit organizations. Jim has a passion and a vision for Waskesiu that is second to none. He and his wife Simone are cottage owners in Waskesiu.
Greg Thorimbert, Treasurer
Greg is the Treasurer of the Waskesiu Foundation and has been on the Board since 2010. He has also been a Director of the Lobstick Golf Club since 2011, serving as Club President and Board Chair from 2014 to 2016. Greg and his family are regular visitors to Waskesiu. Greg has over 37 years of financial and human resource management experience and is currently employed as a Financial Analyst in Saskatoon.
Maxine joined the Board in 2020. She started coming to Waskesiu as a visitor with her parents in the 1960’s. She and her family have had a seasonal residence in Waskesiu since 1999 when their children were toddlers. Volunteer experience has been with her children’s schools, and at the local hospitals. Maxine recently semi-retired as a Radiologist in Saskatoon. She is putting her new found time, social skills, and imagination to work with the Waskesiu Foundation Board.
Randy retired in 2016 from a senior executive role with Federated Co-operatives Limited. He joined the Waskesiu Foundation Board in 2019 and brings with him over 30 years of experience in finance, risk management and strategic planning. He has served on a number of not for profit and corporate boards over his career, ranging from the Rochdale Toastmasters Club to the Co-operative Superannuation Society. Randy and his family are annual visitors to the park and have enjoyed all that Waskesiu has to offer for many years! He and his wife Marlene live in Saskatoon.
Barb Jones joined the Board in 2017. She has been an artist and educator of the Performing and Visual Arts for the past 30 years, serving on such boards as Dance Saskatchewan and Artistic Director of The National Modern Dance Theatre. Barb currently resides in Prince Albert, choreographing/teaching at the Performing Arts Warehouse and working as an independent artist. She and her husband, Ron, are cabin owners in Waskesiu. Prior to joining the Board, Barb co-chaired the 2017 Waskesiu Foundation Fundraising and Donor Recognition Dinner as a volunteer with Gord Thompson.
Rita joined the Board in 2018 and is a retired senior executive from Cameco and has nearly 30 years experience in strategic planning, communications, government relations, investor relations and human resources. She also has been on of a number of charitable boards, most recently with the Royal University Hospital Foundation. She previously served on the boards of City Hospital Foundation, the Women’s Mid-Life Health Centre and the Saskatchewan branch of the Institute of Corporate Directors. Rita is a member of the Order of Canada for her work in advancing the employment of First Nations peoples in the workplace as well as initiatives that supported women in non-traditional roles.
Diane joined the Board in 2020. Waskesiu has been part of her life for almost 35 years. She admires the community and its passion for the preservation and responsible development of all it has to offer. She has held leadership positions on the council and committees of her church in Saskatoon and volunteers with the Saskatoon Public School Foundation. Diane is a board member of Up With People Canada, a non-profit organization that works with youth. She has volunteered with the Waskesiu Seasonal Residents Association, coordinating the Grey Owl Howl Family Dance. She and her husband, Rob, are cabin owners at Waskesiu.
Don joined the Board in 2017. He has a wide variety of experiences in business, public and volunteer sectors. In the past 20 years he has gained significant governance experience as a director with Habitat for Humanity, and chairing Saskatoon Community Foundation, Waskesiu Community Council, Leadership Saskatoon and Saskatoon Auditorium & Convention Centre. He served on the Saskatoon Regional Health Authority and is a facilitator in Health Care Governance Training with the Canadian Patient Safety Institute. Don also served as a parliamentarian in the House of Commons. Don was recently appointed to the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency Board and chairs the Governance and Human Resources Committee. Don is a cottage owner with his wife Marj at Waskesiu and is on the Board of the Waskesiu Heritage Museum.
Gord became a Director in 2015. He spent 29 years in family business as a Case-IH farm equipment dealer with stores in Prince Albert and Melfort. He is also on the board of the Prince Albert SPCA and owns a cottage with his wife Donna in Waskesiu.
Chris volunteers as the Recording Secretary for Board meetings. She co-managed the Bears on the Beach playground project and is currently the Curator of the Waskesiu Heritage Museum. She is a cabin owner in Waskesiu. Her ties to Waskesiu date back to her youth and the family business, Brayford Boats.
Raylene has enjoyed visiting Waskesiu for over 16 years. As the part time Administrator, Raylene is the keeper of the confidential database, handles receipting for donations, and donor communications. Raylene has held this position for many years and her accuracy, promptness and creative communications are appreciated by the Board. Volunteering for the Bears on the Beach playground build was a highlight for Raylene, and she has spent many hours enjoying the new equipment with her family.
A registered charity supporting recreational, social, cultural and environmental activities that enhance the Waskesiu experience