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Northwest Community College Board Members

Herb Pond, Community Member - Prince Rupert - Chair

Herb Pond is a former Administrator of Lax KwÂalaams Band. Previously, Mr. Pond was the Mayor of Prince Rupert and prior to that, Chief Executive Officer of Port Edward Historical Society. Active in his community, Mr. Pond was a member of the North West Regional Hospital District Board, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the Northwest Corridor Development Corporation, and the Northern Development Trust. Mr. Pond studied Forestry at the University of British Columbia.


Paul Bjorn, Community Member-  Terrace

Paul Bjorn is presently the Branch Manager of McElhanney Consulting Services Limited, an engineering and land surveying field. Previously he was a Plant Civil Engineer of Alcan Primary Metal BC and Owner of Bjorn Consulting. Mr. Bjorn is presently a Director for the Northwest Science and Innovation Society and Treasurer for the Rotary Club of Terrace-Skeena Valley. He is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC. He holds his Certificate in Sustainability from Simon Fraser University and his Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Victoria.


Tom Euverman, Community Member - Houston

Tom Euverman is the President and Owner of Country Wide Printing and Stationary store. Previously, he was the Assistant Manager at H & W Press. Active in his community, Mr. Euverman is a past Mayor of District of Houston and past Director of Houston Health Boards, the Chamber of Commerce, and Municipal Finance Authority.


Lucy Praught, Community Member- Terrace - Vice - Chair

Lucy Praught is currently Principal and CEO of Spirit Strategies Limited, a community engagement and economic development firm. She has over 20 years of experience experienced living and working in rural British Columbia and First Nations communities. Her family worked extensively with the Wet’suwet’en, Tsimshian, and Nisga’a Nations. In the past, she was the Community and Business Development Liaison for Ellisdon Industrial, the Assistant Regional Office Manager for Enbridge and past Owner of Out Spoke’N Bike and Sport. Ms. Praught holds her Masters in Business Administration from University of Northern British Columbia and her Associate of Arts degree from Northwest Community College.


Devrie Sanghera, Community Member - Kitimat

Devrie Sanghera is currently the Co-ordinator of Regional Economic Development for the Kitimat Modernization Project. In the past, she was the Assistant Branch Manager for the Bank of Montreal, Regional Business Development Manager for BC for Viewpoint Medical Assessment Services Incorporated and Assistant Spa Director at the Fairmont Southampton in Bermuda and the Fairmount Empress in Victoria. She is presently a board member of the Kitimat Rotary Club. She completed her degree in Esthiology from the Paul Da Costa Institute in Victoria.


Donny van Dyk, Community Member - Kitimat - Chair, Finance and Audit Committee

Donny van Dyk is the Manager of Coastal Aboriginal and Community Relations for Enbridge Northern Gateway. Previously, he was the Chief Administrative Officer of the District of New Hazelton, a post he held for four years. He also serves on the Board of Governors of Northwest Community College and Chairs the Finance and Audit Committee. Mr. van Dyk holds a Diploma in Business Administration from Northwest Community College, a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Northern British Columbia, a Master of Public Administration from the University of Victoria and is also a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA-CMA).


Ernie Dusdal, Community Member - Terrace

Ernie Dusdal has been with Carlyle Shepard & Co., Chartered Professional Accountants, since 1982 and became a partner in the firm in 1992. Ernie received his diploma in Business Administration from Camosun College in 1982. He is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of BC. He has also been on the Boards for Northwest Airport Society and the Dr. R.E.M. Lee Hospital Foundation.


William Parmar, Community Member - Prince Rupert

Bill was born and raised in a small village in northern Punjab, India. In 1970 he immigrated to Prince Rupert, Canada at the age of 21. He moved to Canada while attending his 3rd year Punjab University, where he was trained in (CTED) Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design. After 33 years in business Bill decided to change his career and joined RCMP Victim Services Unit. He is presently the Assistant Manager for Prince Rupert Victim Services. Bill's love for Community Service is incontestable; he is a member of the Rotary Club of Prince Rupert for 20 years and International projects Chair. Bill's previous roles include: Assistant District Governor, Chair of the Community Future of the Pacific Northwest, Past President of Prince Rupert and District Chamber of Commerce, area representative for the BC Transport Society and several other organizations.


Desiree Louis, Student Representative

Desiree Louis is from the Stellaten First Nation in the Wet'Suweten Territory of British Columbia. She was previously a Canadian Federation of Students director and is the new student representative from the Prince Rupert Campus. Also in conjunction with the CFS she is a National Aboriginal Caucus member and works across the country with Indigenous leaders at various universities and colleges. First and fore-most an Applied Coastal Ecology student, in her second year. In pursuit to achieve her degree in applied sciences field and build a career in the Northwest.


Alexa Ruiz, Student Representative

I am an international student born in Mexico, raised in the United States. Family and education are my main priorities. With the values I was raised with, I like to make sure everyone gets treated equally and equally heard. I enjoy learning about new ways to improve a learning environment, to make it more efficient for students like myself. My favorite hobbies include recreating Mexican cuisine, community work and reading.


Christine Speidel, Elected Support Member

Christine has been involved in the education field for over 20 years.  She worked in multiple capacities with School District 82 providing service to students, to schools and to the district as a whole.  She is currently employed as Facilities Assistant at NWCC, but in the past two years has worked in a number of other roles at the college.  Christine has significant experience working with non-profit boards and locally has been involved at the executive or committee level for Terrace Minor Lacrosse Association, Terrace and District Arts Council and the Terrace Community Band Society.  Christine holds a Diploma in Justice Administration from Mount Royal University as well as significant training in software applications.  


Vacant, Elected Faculty Member


Dave McKeever, Chair - Education Council

Employed at the Northwest Community College in various capacities for nearly 20 years, Dave McKeever is currently the Business Administration Program Coordinator and Instructor as well as the Chair of Education Council. Prior to his experience in education, Dave worked in the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) industry at various levels including national safety and training initiatives. Dave is originally from Edmonton, Alberta but has travelled extensively in North and South America. Fluent in Spanish, he has taught industry courses in Mexico, Peru, and the U.S.A.; primarily in the Liquefied Gas (LPG) industry. In addition to a Master of Education degree (M.Ed.), Dave has a number of industry trade certifications and is the recipient of industry management and writing awards. He has sat on numerous committees and organizations over the years including Toastmasters International and the Board of Directors for Prince Rupert & District Chamber of Commerce.


Barbara McRae, Chair - First Nations Council


Board meetings are held approximately every six to eight weeks from September through to June of the school year.

Please refer to the meeting schedule section for the current meeting dates and locations.

Information can be obtained by emailing:

Students, staff and the general public are welcome to attend public portion of the meetings.