Board of Directors
Regular Board of Directors meetings are held on the first Monday of each month, at 6:00 p.m. at the SDBA office – all SDBA members are welcome to attend. If planning to attend a board meeting, please contact the SDBA office by the day before the meeting.
Members of the Board
Katharine Trueman – President, SDBA
For 26 years I have been employed by the Salvation Army working in the retail Thrift Stores beginning in Gibsons and transferring to Sechelt 16 years ago until the present.
My journey with the Sechelt Business Association began approximately 10 years ago when I felt that our Thrift Store needed to be involved in the community. Working with local businesses has inspired me to help build a strong business community with friendly people, great service and a warm environment
Alton Toth – 1st Vice President, SDBA
Alton was born in Sechelt, and grew up enjoying the natural beauty of the Sunshine Coast through participation in Scouts Canada. After graduating from Chatelech in 2004, he moved to Vancouver to pursue other opportunities, completing an electrical apprenticeship through BCIT and the IBEW Local 213. During the slow periods that construction can face, he started a small home-based business to help Scout groups on tight budgets get crests for their events.
In the spring of 2014, Alton moved back into his childhood home in Sechelt with his wife and young daughter and took over Sew Easy, a sewing and fibre craft business that has been a part of the downtown community since 1973. He is still involved with Scouts Canada as an events coordinator, and is currently serving his first term on the SDBA Board to help shape and direct the future of Sechelt’s Downtown.
Dennis Olson – 2nd Vice President, SDBA
Owner/Manager of Olson Electric in Sechelt for 25 years. Dennis has been on the Board of the SDBA for 19 years. He has participated on various OCP’s, the Downtown Revitalization Committee and Village Residence Associations. He has lived in downtown Sechelt since 1986 and is a strong supporter of the B.I.A. His goal for the downtown is more people living downtown and pedestrian accessibility.
Liana Leskie – Secretary, SDBA
Liana was born in Mission and spent her childhood on the Lower Mainland, until she and her mom moved to Alberta. Liana had a lifelong desire to move back to the coast and, after spending a winter in San Diego, she realized she’d had enough of Alberta winters and came to the Sunshine Coast.
In February 2010 Liana, her husband Ric and their 3 children moved to Sechelt. They LOVE being by the ocean.
Liana and her husband own Trail Bay Cafe (referred to by locals as “the hot dog stand”) across from the lotto booth in Trail Bay center. They welcome hearing people’s memories of the little lunch counter, as many residents remember stopping in for a hot dog or coffee back when it was originally called, “Drinks and Links.” Liana loves the creativity that she brings to her cooking, especially homemade soups and has enjoyed sharing this with her customers.
Kristine Toynbee – Treasurer, SDBA
Kristine and her husband, Mark, both grew up on the Sunshine Coast. They left the Sunshine Coast to travel and study at the University of Northern BC.
After Kristine completed University with a Bachelor of Commerce and worked for a few years, she returned to the Sunshine Coast with her husband in 2005. At that time she began working for the TCG Chartered Professional Accountants LLP and obtained her accounting designation in 2009.
Kristine and her husband are now raising 2 children in this wonderful community. She joined the SDBA to become involved in the future of this community and contribute to making it the best place it can be for residents and business owners.
Cindy Buis – SDBA Director
Cindy was born on the Lower Mainland and raised in the Interior of BC. She studied at the Alberta College of Art in Calgary and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax.
Cindy is a 35 year resident and business owner on the Sunshine Coast, previously involved in arts and cultural and tourism projects such as the Sunshine Coast Travel Ambassadors Program, the Gibsons Landing Arts Co-op, and the Gibsons Landing Business Association. Cindy relocated her picture framing business to Sechelt in 2012 and feels strongly that it is important to be involved in making the community a better place to live and do business.
Lauri Paul – SDBA Director
Born in Vancouver and has lived over 10 years on the Sunshine Coast.
My husband Dean and I are new owners of Sechelt Fish Market. We have been married for 24 years and proud parents of Quinn and Marin. I have worked extensively in the food and hospitality industry. I also have passion and experience in the recreational and educational fields. I have been working for Sunshine Coast school district as an early childhood StrongStart Facilitator for the past 9 years. You may have seen the Wonder Wheels Bookmobile! I love the Sunshine Coast and the people that make up the Sechelt community. I am looking forward to working at supporting local businesses. I want Sechelt to be a friendly, welcoming, thriving, creative and fun village by the sea. A place where locals want to be.
Jennifer Stapleton – SDBA Director
Jennifer realized at a young age that she wanted to be involved in the shaping of business on the Sunshine Coast. At age 21, she purchased the Rainbow Hair Salon, and has worked tirelessly since then to grow the business. Her team of five have made great strides in increasing productivity. Jennifer is a mother of two who keeps busy between home and work, but still makes time to volunteer in the community. Jennifer has been a SDBA board member since 2013, and has been instrumental with her creativity.
Jason Day – SDBA Director
I have personally been living in Sechelt since June of 2009, but have visited family on the Coast since I was born.
I have been working at The Sunshine Coast Credit Union since February 2010 and become a director for the SDBA at the 2012 AGM.
I enjoy volunteering on the coast to help our communities become a more fun and prosperous place to live in.
I have personally been living in Sechelt since June of 2009, but have visited family on the Coast since I was born. I have been working at The Sunshine Coast Credit Union since February 2010 and become a director for the SDBA at the 2012 AGM. I enjoy volunteering on the coast to help our communities become a more fun and prosperous place to live in.
David Richardson – SDBA Director
Born in Ontario in the 1950’s, Dave journeyed with his wife and two children to the Sunshine Coast in 1999. In 2000, Dave began his career at the local meat market now known as Butcher Dave’s Meat Market. Today, Dave runs a very well organized service-oriented business supported by four loyal employees. Dave is passionate about the downtown core of Sechelt, and has served as a director since 2003. Business is part and parcel of the Richardson family, with his wife and daughter owning and operating Fibre Expressions Quilt Shop, while his son works at the meat market.
Jeanene Krake – SDBA Director
Jeanene and her husband Kevin Krake have owned Connected Electronics since 2009 and became independently operated in 2012 as Connected Electronics.
Jeanene and Kevin moved to the Sunshine Coast in 1999 from Calgary Ab for Kevin to start his career in the Golf industry. Jeanene worked at IGA in Gibsons for a year before working for the Sunshine Coast Credit Union for 7 years as a teller and member Service rep. After 8 years taking care of their 2 children, Jeanene has embarked on expanding their business at Connected Electronics to offer Office supplies to their customers with the ability to purchase online at lower than Staples pricing and delivery included. Jeanene enjoys being at the beach, reading, gardening and walking in her spare time.
Ric Leskie – SDBA Trustee
Ric moved from his lifelong home in Alberta to the Sunshine Coast, with his family, in 2010. Although, he misses family and friends, he definitely does not miss the freezing cold winters. He is now enjoying spending his free-time by the ocean, rather than shoveling mountains of snow.
Three years ago, Ric and his wife, Liana, took over the well-known “hot dog stand” in Trail Bay Center and re-named it Trail Bay Cafe. They have kept some popular items and added their own touches to the little cafe.
Dan Fairholm – SDBA Trustee
Dan grew up in Richmond and in 2002 he married Carolyn. They lived in Langley with their 4 children until they moved to the Coast in 2009. Dan purchased the Sweet Shoppe in 2012 and has enjoyed his time as business owner in Sechelt. He became a Trustee with the Sechelt Downtown Business Association in 2016. Dan likes to see tasks move ahead and become completed.
SDBA Office Staff
Matt McLean – Administrator / Ambassador, SDBA
Matt was born and raised in Sechelt. Along with serving as the Administrator/Ambassador for the SDBA, he is the Operations Manager for Coast Car Co-op. He studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Waterloo, but was drawn back to Sechelt after he graduated.
The sense of community and his hometown pride play a big role in his work. He hopes to bring people together to make Sechelt the best that it can be. He is excited to work with the businesses of the SDBA to grow Sechelt together.