Our Board of Directors

Laurie Vance

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Contact: lauriem.vance@gmail.com

I grew up in West Vancouver and started visiting the Sunshine Coast when as a teenager my family purchased their first hotel (Lord Jim’s, currently known as the Rockwater Resort). I worked there every summer during High School and University. 

Moved to Southern Ontario to graduate with a Degree in Environmental Studies (Urban Planning) at the University of Waterloo. Upon returning to BC my family had purchased a small hotel in Whistler and asked my husband and I to take over management of it for the summer as they were into their high season at Lord Jim’s.  

At the same time, Whistler was forming the Resort Municipality of Whistler and was about to hire a Director of Planning, which my husband was the successful candidate.  I stayed in the hotel business as my family then bid on and were successful applicants for two of the first hotels to open in Whistler Village.  We opened the Blackcomb Lodge in 1979 and the Mountainside Lodge in 1980.  We also managed numerous other properties including 1500 units, which we managed until the early 2000’s.

At the same time, we raised 3 children, became a school trustee for many years and also volunteered as a Board member for many organizations, including Tourism Whistler, Chamber of Commerce, Whistler Museum and Archives, Whistler Arts Council and Whistler Public Art Committee. 

I joined the Board of Habitat for Humanity Sunshine Coast in December 2015.  As  Chair I have enjoyed supporting the development of a long range plan for the organization through our strategic planning and the ongoing development at our Wilson Creek Village which is close to completion.  As we prepare for our next projects I am excited to see the potential development of a new Sea to Sky Chapter for Habitat for Humanity Sunshine Coast.

Mat Sadler


Vice Chair

Contact: matsadler@hotmail.com

Norman Wright



Ed Hawkins

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Honourary Member


After working as a Sr. Executive for the Bay in Calgary for 19 years, Ed managed a building supply store for 2 years before starting a career in Real Estate, working both in Calgary and in Sechelt (while building a home on property purchased at Ruby Lake in 1982.) A person of many careers and interests, he once installed those large satellite dishes throughout the Sunshine Coast and on Vancouver Island while operating a TV store in Sechelt. In his active years, Ed was an avid downhill skier, serving on a volunteer ski patrol for many years, rebuilt sports cars and built and flew model airplanes. However, he was and is most passionate about Habitat for Humanity.

Brad Ferguson

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Contact: publisher@homeonthecoast.ca

Previous to relocating to the coast, Brad was a long time resident of the North Shore and is a third generation Vancouverite.

As founder and publisher of the local architectural magazine @ Home on the Coast, he brings the benefit of several years experience in the media business as well as an in depth understanding of advertising and strategic marketing to his newly appointed position of board member at Habitat for Humanity.

Brad is also the owner and managing director of Emerald Forest Homes Ltd. a custom prefab home business with a focus on energy efficient west coast designed homes.

Rachel Dempster

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Contact: rachelonthecoast@gmail.com

I moved to the Sunshine Coast with my husband and two beautiful children 7 years ago. Now our extended family in Gibson’s consists of 6 horses, 3 dogs and a great amount of sincere welcoming friends.

My career path initially began in marketing and sales – however I’ve been a real estate investor and watcher for many years. Leveraging my keen eye for design, I’ve managed many house flips and renovations, transforming them into comfortable and stylish homes, all while increasing market value.

I graduated from Brunel University in London, UK. Having worked in advertising and sales for over 20 years handling client needs, I now happily follow my passion for real estate as a certified RE/MAX City realtor here on the Sunshine Coast.

Latest achievements include:-

Medallion Award winning Real Estate Agent at REMAX City Realty on the Sunshine Coast.

Board of Directors for Gibsons Public Market.

Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity Sunshine Coast. 

This could be you!


We are looking to add new members to our Board of Directors! If you are passionate about our mission with prior board experience in the charitable sector, we would love to hear from you. While all accomplished career individuals will be considered, of particular interest will be those whose resumes include finance, banking and mortgages, retail experience,construction/land development, human resources and those with a law degree and CA/CPA designation.

Interested in applying?

To apply, email your resume to info@habitatsc.ca or click below to apply online. To drop off a resume in person, come to the ReStore located at 5605 Sunshine Coast Highway.

Need to know more?

Habitat for Humanity Sunshine Coast board members hold oversight accountability for the organization’s mandate, brand strength, fundraising, health and safety and more. The Board guides the strategic direction; hires and evaluates the CEO and provides governance oversight to the day to day operations. This includes monitoring the organization’s effectiveness and service outcomes through a range of performance indicators.

The board monitors the use of resources and evaluates and improves its own governance effectiveness. In addition, Board members may act in an advocacy capacity and subject matter experts in the various operating areas as needed.