Governance

Squamish Partner Board

Margo Dent

Chair

Margo Dent

  • A Squamish resident and Squamish Savings member since 1994, a business leader, community volunteer and Mom to 9, Margo Dent is a no-nonsense, get things done, fair and compassionate community member.
  • Margo believes in strong relationships that are mutually beneficial and is passionate about giving back.
  • Having served on the Squamish Partner Board from 2010-2013, Margo is familiar with the IGMA/partnership agreement with Vancity and understands the balance of moving forward and being financially viable while holding on strong to the roots and values of Squamish Savings.
  • Her Grandfather was a founding member of Squamish Savings when contracts were signed with a handshake. Margo holds true to that integrity and pride.

Victoria Rigdon

Vice-Chair

Victoria Rigdon

  • I am proudly serving my first term on the Squamish Savings Partner Board - A division of Vancity.
  • Squamish has been my home for the past 6 years since re locating from Vancouver.
  • I am eager to contribute to the profile of Squamish savings and inform residents that there is an alternative to traditional banking available in Squamish that benefits our community.
  • As a previous Manager of the Squamish Chamber of Commerce I am an advocate for local Business and passionate about supporting economic and tourism development in the corridor.
  • I have been actively volunteering with Squamish Helping Hands for the last year, I have served with various committees & contributed countless hours to community events.

Maureen Mackell

Secretary/Tresurer

Maureen mackell

  • Maureen has lived and worked in Squamish for 25 years and feels there is no better place on the planet.
  • Born in Boston and raised in Montreal, one of eight children, Maureen has always been interested in social justice.
  • Maureen graduated from the University of California where she received her BA in Psychology and Literature. She is passionate about inspiring justice for those in need, encouraging leadership at all levels, and looks for innovation and collaboration to problem solve.
  • Maureen has worked in the social services sector in BC since 1991: initially with Income Assistance at MSDSI, then as a Child Protection Social Worker for MCFD; Program Manager for Howe Sound Women’s Centre and currently as the Executive Director for Squamish Helping Hands Society.
  • Maureen strongly believes that Squamish can and must be a community where everyone matters; where good citizenship is just who we are and what we do.

Ann Marie McKenzie

Ann Marie McKenzie

  • Ann Marie has managed Big Brothers Big Sisters for 6 years and joined the Squamish Breakfast Club in 2011.
  • As a former business owner, she renewed her entrepreneurial sense in 2015 and established her own company consulting individuals and businesses to make positive changes and achieve goals.
  • Her passion and dedication to the health of Squamish is apparent in her community development projects and her volunteer work; enhancing and strengthening the well-being of the community in every initiative she undertakes.
  • As a results/purpose driven leader, Ann Marie values authenticity, integrity and accountability. She brings an adaptable leadership style to her work, allowing for a more cohesive and collaborative group dynamic

Jennifer Gibson

Jennifer Gibson

  • Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario, I made my way to Vancouver in 2005 to pursue a career in the publishing industry.
  • In 2010, my career brought me to Squamish and my husband Chris and I have happily made our home here ever since.
  • I am passionate about many causes - literacy, social justice, animal welfare, and the environment are just a few which drive me.
  • In my current role as Sales and Marketing Manager at the Squamish Chief, I continually seek out ways in which I can contribute in meaningful ways to this amazing place I am proud to call home.

Megan Reynolds

Megan Reynolds

  • Megan Reynolds is a proven management professional and community leader in the corporate and non-profit sectors. She has served in leadership positions in the areas of marketing, strategic partnerships, event planning, non-profit management, resource development, social enterprise development, and corporate finance.
  • As the Executive Director of Howe Sound Women’s Centre Society, Megan is responsible for the effective leadership, management and program delivery for services throughout the Sea to Sky Corridor, including crisis interventions, transitional housing, homeless prevention, emotional support and referrals for women and children experiencing violence and abuse.
  • Prior to transitioning into the non-profit sector, Megan enjoyed a fifteen year tenure at Whistler Blackcomb, most notably as the Manager of Strategic Alliances and Partner Marketing.
  • Megan holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurial Management from Royal Roads University, and has been a proud resident of the Sea to Sky Corridor for 19 years. She currently resides in Brackendale, BC with her husband and 6 year old son.

David Thomson

David Thomson

  • I am a long-time Squamish resident and Squamish Savings member. I am involved with many local community organization and are passionate my town.
  • People, team play, and leadership are all aspects of my daily regiment that excite me. The act of leading a group of people on a difficult challenge, collaborating for solutions that yield measurable results is core to my character.
  • Working in the not for profit sector for the past five years has opened my eyes to a different way of approaching business. I like to inject ‘capitalistic urgency’ into the non-profit world providing unique business solutions and strategy.
  • I am passionate and high energy with a good sense of humor. I have had a long career involved in Crown corporations and government agencies. These organizations, though large, have taught me process and governance, allowing me to lead by example in any professional setting. Being results oriented and analytical in my approach to thinking have proven valuable on a number of occasions where I have been dropped into challenging situations to help realign team dynamics in an efficient and effective manner.

Michael Jenson

Michael Jenson

  • Mike is a long-term resident of the Squamish community having raised his family here.
  • Mike likes to be involved and supports community service.
  • He was a Councillor for the District of Squamish, 2005-08.
  • He has many years of credit union experience dating back to his membership with Vancity in the 1970’s and working for the Vernon, Castlegar and Squamish Credit Unions. Mike retired from Squamish Savings in 2007 after a credit union career of 28 years.
  • Mike believes in the co-operative philosophy of “people helping people” and supports Squamish Saving’s commitment to giving back to our community.

Urszula Lipsztajn

Urszula Lipsztajn

  • I believe good money and value-based business has a positive impact for our community
  • I am a certified mindful leadership coach with a people-centred approach to organizational development
  • I have 10+ years experience supporting non-profits, entrepreneurs, First Nations, cooperatives and higher education
  • I live in Valleycliffe with my husband and four cats
  • I am excited and honoured to be serving my first term on the Squamish Savings Partner Board