About Us

The LeRoi Foundation began in September of 2005 with a goal – a goal to support charitable endeavours in the Greater Trail area through funds donated to be held in perpetuity. Through fund development, the LeRoi Community Foundation assists donors with their philanthropic goals, and through its grant making function, the foundation supports projects that impact the communities within its geographical area – Rossland, Warfield, Trail, Montrose, Fruitvale, and Areas A and B of the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary.

If you would like to learn more about the LeRoi Community Foundation, please contact us.

Board of Directors:

Janice McGregor – President/Chairperson

Janice has lived in the Kootenays for 26 years and relocated from Invermere to Trail in early 2014.  She was a director of the Columbia Valley Community Foundation for 5 years and served as co-chair.  Janice sat on the Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network (CBEEN) board for 1 year.  Janice has a Master of Business Administration in Executive Management and has worked in the Credit Union system for 25 years. In her current role as Manager Member Experience for Kootenay Savings Credit Union her focus is process improvement and special projects.

Scott Daniels – Vice-President/Vice Chairperson

Scott is a chemist and works with Teck Trail Operations’ Analytical Services.  He originates from Fonthill, Ontario, and has lived in Hamilton, ON; Ottawa, ON; Gent, Belgium; Wolfville, NS; and Regina, SK.  He moved to Trail in 2000.  For Scott, community service began with volunteer ski patrols in Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan and BC (Red Mountain).  Since moving to Trail, he has assumed volunteer roles with the Rotary Club of Trail, the 2006 BC Winter Games, and the Trail Elderly Citizens Housing Society.  In support of children and youth in Trail, he was a founding member of the Society for Friends of the Trail Skatepark.  Scott is grateful for the opportunity to serve a community that has generously welcomed his wife and him.

Colleen Sanders – Treasurer

Colleen was born and raised in Trail, and currently resides in Montrose.  She attended Selkirk College in Castlegar, BC where she studied Business Administration. Colleen worked with an accounting firm before accepting a position as the financial controller at a local law firm. Colleen is active in the Greater Trail community, and is a member of  the Trail Curling Association, Birchbank Golf Club, and more recently, the Beaver Valley Quilters Guild.  The vision and goal of the LeRoi Community Foundation to assist in the betterment of the Greater Trail area and its citizens attracted Colleen to the Board.

Laura Laratta – Secretary

Laura grew up in Pass Creek and moved to Calgary where she pursued training in legal services. While in Calgary, she worked as a judge’s assistant at the  Court of Queen’s Bench and as a legal assistant to the trial coordinator for the province of Alberta. Laura returned to the Kootenays and settled in Trail in 2007, where she was employed as a corporate secretary with a local law firm. Presently, Laura is enjoying her role as mother to two little boys. She became a director because of her interest in building strong, vital communities where all residents thrive.

Louise McEwan – Past President

Born and raised in Trail, Louise returned to the area after completing her post-secondary education at the University of British Columbia, and has held executive positions in  a variety of local organizations, including Rossland-Trail Minor Hockey, Saint Michael’s School Board, and various Catholic Parish Pastoral Councils in Trail.  Louise was also involved with the Trail Centennial Sub-Committee that brought the Canadian National Women’s Hockey team to Trail. In 2010, she began the successful “Skool-Aid” program to provide school supplies to children of local families in need. A former teacher with degrees in English and Theology, she is currently a freelance writer and Troy Media columnist.   Louise has a keen interest in social issues, and  is committed to enhancing the quality of life in the Greater Trail area for all individuals. She and her husband Chris have three adult children and four grandchildren.

Dr. Bruce Fawcett – Director

Bruce is a physician living and working in the  Greater Trail area since 1984. Currently he works part time acting as Medical Consultant to Teck Metals Ltd and doing assessment of elderly people in the community with mental health problems.  He has been involved in a number of volunteer organizations including Trail Rotary Club, Rossland Light Opera Players, Trail Harmony Choir and the Trail Villa Senior Citizens Society. He feels that a well endowed and active Le Roi Community Foundation can make a significant difference to the quality of life for people in our area.

Forrest Drinnan – Director

Throughout the last 28 years Forrest has been very involved in the community. A Past President of Rotary, the Rossland Trail Country Club, the Trail Regional Hospital Foundation and the Director of Promotions for the 2006 Greater Trail BC Winter Games, Forrest continues to meet many new friends and acquaintances for which he is very thankful.

Barb Pistak – Director

A retired nurse, Barbara Pistak was born and raised in Rossland.  With four children and ten grandchildren, Barb still finds time to volunteer. Barb brings a wealth of experience in board governance and social issues.  Barb’s resume includes (among others) the Rotary Club of Trail, the VISAC Gallery, the Trail and District Arts Council, the Rossland Fall Fair Core Committee, the Greater Trail Skills Centre and the Highways Committee of the Lower Columbia Development Team. In addition, Barb has served on the Board of Directors of The Lower Columbia All First Nations, and the Interior Health Authority’s Aboriginal Health Improvement Committee.    She is also a master knitter, a painter and a founding member of the West Kootenay Chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists.  When she is not working on community endeavours, she gives workshops in both drawing and painting.

Sheila Williamson – Director

Sheila was born and raised in Trail. She left the area in 1970 to return in 1983.  Sheila comes to the Board with a background in the medical field, having worked as both a Nursing Unit Assistant and a Licensed Practical Nurse.  She retired from Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital in 2012. Sheila became interested in LCF through her community-minded sorority, Beta Sigma Phi Omicorn Chapter.  Sheila has been involved with the Montrose Community Chest.  Sheila is married and has two adult children and one grand daughter.

Sue Jensen – Director

Now retired, Sue worked as a senior technician in Analytical Services at Teck Trail Operations and as the Quality Officer for the laboratory. She also spent time as an Environmental Technologist with the Applied Research and Technology group. For ten years, Sue  volunteered as a community member on the Trail Lead Task Force. She served as a secretary to the United Steelworkers Local 9705 and was a  member of their Bursary Committee.  Sue is grateful to have been born and raised in the Kootenays where community spirit is strong.   She and her husband Mike have two adult children and one grandson.

Sara Benson – Director

Sarah was born and raised in Trail and returned to the area in 2003 following her post-secondary education.  Sarah has been the Museum and Archives Director for the Trail Historical Society since 2004.  She has a BA in History and a diploma in Cultural Resource Management from the University of Victoria and, naturally, has a keen interest in Trail’s social and cultural history. She is also the Facilitator for Teck Trail Operations’ employee magazine, After Ours.  Her work keeps her thoroughly engaged with the community’s non-profit organizations.  The goals of the LCF align well with the work in which Sarah is involved and she is delighted to be joining the board to help make a difference for others striving to enhance our quality of life.

Directors hail from the communities of Rossland, Warfield, Trail, and Fruitvale.