About our Directors


 Mike Balahura – President 

Mike is our chief fundraiser and primary spokesperson for the organization.  He makes presentations to Rotary Clubs in the Kootenays, the Okanagan region and on Vancouver Island, even travelling to clubs in Washington state.  He oversees the operations of the Board of Directors.

Mike is a retired School Principal currently working as a curriculum consultant to the Department of Education and the University of British Columbia.  He  is past-president and member of the  Castlegar Sunrise Rotary Club.  He is seen here with one of the “market kids”.

Gwen Telling – Vice President                                      

Gwen coordinates our programs in Santa Barbara and has been working  closely with members of the Santa Barbara Rotary Club for more than 12 years.

She is a CGA and retired manger of JH Huscroft, a Cresotn Valley sawmill started by her grandfather in 1927.

She is owner/manager of Piper Farm, and is a member of the Creston Rotary Club.

Chris Dysart – Treasurer 

Chris is a retired business owner and member and past-president of the Harbourside Victoria Rotary Club.  She has been involved in our projects in Honduras since 2011 and has a keen interest in the Business & Skills Training program and the School Gardens program.  She maintains the website, receives donations, prepares the financial statements and issues tax receipts.