Our Board of Directors

The Board of Directors represents the diversity and professionalism of the Trail Association for Community Living.

Please feel free to contact Board Members care of our general office; 250-368-3503 or contact@taclkootenays.com.

Tina Ihas: Board President –  My name is Tina Ihas, I was born in Trail and lived here until I was 15, returning just after I turned 30 in 2003. I have been work with the Greater Trail Hospice Society as the Coordinator since November 2014. It is a role I came into through a contact made while Volunteering on the Board of the Trail & District Public Library, where I held my seat from 2010 to 2016. I am currently enrolled in a grief support provider program through Georgian College in Ontario and plan to begin studies toward a BSW in September.

From a personal perspective, I deeply enjoy working with people and have a strong commitment to the betterment of this community and the lives of those who live here. I have two amazing children (15 and 12) who I strive to set a good example for. I am friendly, approachable, and love to learn and be challenged. I would appreciate the opportunity to become a member of your Board.

Peter Thiessen: Vice President - Peter Thiessen has been a resident of Trail for 44 years. He and wife of 45 years, Mary-Jane, have 2 daughters and 6 grandchildren. Peter has served 4 years regular Military Service + 2 years Reserves in Trail with 44 Field Engineers. He Retired from Teck Fire Department after 42 years of service.

Peter's participation in Canadian and community endeavors include:

  • 25 years Naval Reserves as a Cadet Officer
  • Former Sea Cadet Commanding Officer of RCSCC Kootenay (Trail) and RCSCC Hampton Gray Nelson
  • Area Sea Cadet Commanding Officer 15 years
  • Past President Navy League of Canada (Trail Branch)
  • Past President and Past LT. Governor (nine times) of the Trail Kiwanis Club
  • Past V/Pres of the Kiwanis Foundation of Canada
  • Held various Chairs in local sporting events (Disabled Games, Winter and Summer games, Babe Ruth World Series)
  • Involved in USWA Local 480 (executive and three bargaining committees)
  • Trail Senior Smoke Eaters (trainer 7 seasons and 1 year on the executive)

Wendy Hackett: Treasurer/Recording Secretary – I joined the board of directors in 2013 because I wanted to give back to the wonderful community I grew up in. I have recently retired and enjoy my time gardening, golfing and camping. Since joining the board I have grown to understand the vital role Trail Association for Community Living plays in our community and how the services we provide benefit not only the individuals and their families we provide services to but our extended community. I participate on the Finance, Housing, Public Relations and Fundraising Committees. I am looking forward to another successful year with TACL!

Tess Fillmore: Director – My husband and I moved back to this area 14 years ago from the coast. I owned my own hair salon for 12 years. I have spent 2 decades involved and interested in the Healing Arts. I have sat on both the VISAC and Chamber of Commerce Boards and like to keep my ears and heart open to the needs of the community. I hope to gain more understanding of the scope of TACL so that I can be an ambassador for a greater community understanding. I believe in inclusivity for our world.

Danielle Armstrong: Director –  My name is Danielle Armstrong, I have over ten years experience working with vulnerable individuals in the West Kootenay region. I am currently employed with the West Kootenay Brain Injury Association as Executive Director and feel I have many skills that would be transferable to your Board. I am very aware of the great work that TACL provides to the community, as I provide respite to some of the families that access this wonderful resource

Tricia Bell: Director – I was born & raised in Trail. I moved back to the area 2 years ago to be closer to family. Currently, I volunteer at the Iona Coffee Stop and my church. I enjoy travelling and spending time with family & friends. I love to learn new things and I am eager to participate and serve my community.

Eleanor Gattafoni-Robinson: Director – Born, raised and educated in Trail Eleanor Gattafoni Robinson is currently serving her fourth term on Trail City Council. Prior to being elected, Eleanor was a longtime employee with Teck Metals Ltd. Community Service has been a major part of her life and in 1992 she was honoured as a recipient of the "Canada 125" Commemorative Medal and in 2009 received the Trail-Warfield "Citizen of the Year" designation for Community Service. Currently, Eleanor serves as the City Council appointee to the Trail Historical Society, Twinning Committee and Ambassador Program.

Eleanor's participation in community endeavors include:

  • Trail Family and Individual Resource Centre Board Member
  • Trail and District United Way Board Member
  • Trail Youth Justice Board Member
  • Michael's Catholic School Board Member
  • Kidsport-Trail Chapter Member
  • Trail & District Arts Council Board Member
  • West Kootenay Take a Hike Advisory Committee Member
  • Trail Smoke Eater Junior "A" Hockey Club Volunteer
  • Canadian Cancer Society Volunteer
  • Kootenay Columbia Learning Centre Volunteer
  • Salvation Army Volunteer

Christette Cromarty: Parent Advocate – My name is Christette Cromarty and I am a parent of a person served. My experience began with my daughter's diagnosis at the age of 18 months. From that moment on, I knew that in order to give my daughter the best life possible, and to give her endless opportunities, I had to be part of her team, which meant advocating for her to have the best life and support as possible.

In my role as parent advocate/advisory, I am honored to advocate on behalf of persons served and their families. Please don't hesitate to contact me if I can be of service to you or your family.

"Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much." Helen Keller.

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