Board of Directors
CBAL's Board of Directors demonstrates leadership and commitment to literacy and lifelong learning. It represents the vast geographical region CBAL services and the complex partnerships that allow CBAL to work efficiently and effectively in Columbia Basin and Boundary communities.
Allison Alder- Chair
Chair, School of Academic Upgrading and Development
Allison is currently living and working in Nelson. She enjoys her work and the opportunity to pursue her favourite passions: service, learning, leadership and her first love, biology. She is in awe every day of the courage, tenacity and appreciation for learning that is apparent in the learners, instructors and volunteers she works with. She finds her work both humbling and inspiring.
Allison spends her time away from work playing, cooking, exploring, reading and engaging in conversation with family and friends. She has participated in many community initiatives - youth movements, literacy, community development and sports.
Allison came to the Kootenays in 1990 moving to Nakusp and teaching at Selkirk College as an ABE instructor. She became a literacy tutor in 1993 working at that time with Project Literacy West Kootenay, a precursor to CBAL. She thoroughly enjoyed every opportunity to work with literacy learners and relished the chance to work further with the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy.
Barb Morris, Treasurer
Retired Assistant Superintendent
School District #6, Rocky Mountain
Barb Morris recently retired from a teaching career which began in 1971 in Edmonton, Alberta. In 1982, she joined the Windermere School District, where she taught elementary students as classroom teacher, Learning Assistance teacher, FSL and Art itinerant teacher, and Teacher Librarian. In 1990 Barb received recognition for Excellence in Teaching from the Ministry of Education, for her innovative teaching practices with primary students. In 1998 she became vice-principal, and then principal of Radium and Edgewater Schools. Over the years, Barb has volunteered as a Brownie leader, Sunday school teacher, library board member, and member of the Windermere Valley Community Literacy Committee. Barb joined the senior management team of SD6 as Assistant Superintendent, Learning Leadership and Student Services in 2005. One of her responsibilities was the District Literacy Plan, which gave her a good understanding of the positive impact of CBAL initiatives and programs, and a deep appreciation of the CBAL team's dedication to community literacy.
Creston Valley Public Library
Aaron has served as Chief Librarian at Creston Valley Public Library since 2012. Prior, he worked at Vancouver Public Library in various capacities, most recently as a Community Librarian. He holds a Master of Library and Information Studies degree and a Master of Arts in Musicology degree. In addition to joining the CBAL board in 2015, he serves on the board of the BC Council for Families and is an active member of the BC Library Association, Kootenay Library Federation, and a number of local community roundtables. In his free time, Aaron enjoys music and spending time with family.
Principal, Laurie Middle School
David Standing has spent 18 years as an educator, teacher and administrator at all levels from Kindergarten to Grade 12. David has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction. He was a literacy coordinator while teaching in Fort Vermillion, Alberta where he established an interest in this area early on. David also has experience in the area of Special Education which provides a unique perspective to the challenges many learners face.
David currently lives in Cranbrook with his wife and three children ages 6, 11, and 17. He has kept his allegiance to the Edmonton Oilers.
Dean of Trades and Technology
College of the Rockies
Jack Moes joined College of the Rockies in Sept 2015 as Dean of Trades & Technology. Prior to that, he spent 15 years in instruction and administrative roles at Assiniboine Community College in Brandon Manitoba and 10 years as a crop production specialist and researcher with Manitoba Agriculture & Food. Jack and his wife Catherine have been eagerly settling into their new life and community in the East Kootenays.
Retired, last as Manager of Community Reinvestment and Corporate Responsibility
Current preoccupation: Farming
Kathleen Gabelmann’s work life included stints at the following: forest fire suppression; planting trees and silviculture contract management; commercial fishing; research, writing, editing and teaching at UVic; developing, directing and managing projects at UVic’s Institute for Co-op Studies; developing and managing a community reinvestment initiative at Northern Savings Credit Union (headquartered in northwest BC). The latter included establishing a range of community and regional partnerships, some committed to building and promoting opportunities for increasing literacy, especially financial literacy, and others focused on encouraging and supporting early years learning. Since retiring from gainful employment in 2010, Kathleen has been renovating her home in rural Grand Forks, rehabilitating her small orchard, establishing gardens, and learning how to shepherd her flock of sheep. Kathleen qualified as a CBAL tutor in early 2012 and has volunteered as a tutor since then. She is a director on the board of the Kettle Valley Food Co-op and on the Grand Forks Credit Union board. She loves to read, eat good food, and finds time to do other things too.
Revelstoke Child Care Society Executive Director and
Child Care Resource and Referral Coordinator
Linda’s background in working with children with special needs and in the field of early learning and child care has led to her extensive involvement with a number of community initiatives. She currently chairs the Okanagan College Early Childhood Development Program Advisory Committee, Okanagan College Revelstoke Advisory Committee and the Revelstoke Early Childhood Development Committee. She is a member of the Revelstoke Social Development Committee and is proud to serve on the CBAL Board of Directors. Linda believes strongly in community volunteering and spends immeasurable hours in support of community activities and initiatives for children and youth.
Much of Linda’s free time is spent enjoying time with her four grandchildren.