Governance and the Board


Camp Artaban Society is incorporated as a Society under the Societies Act of the Province of British Columbia, Canada. The Society is controlled by a general membership and is operated under the auspices of the Synod of the Diocese of New Westminster, Anglican Church of Canada.

The current members of the Board of Directors are as follows:

Sandi Lacharite
David Quinton
Fern Jasper-Fayer
Nancy Ferris
Karen Mc Neilly
Christine Elder

You can read all about them below. If you would like to contact the board, please feel free to do so through the board’s chair, Sandi Lacharite, by sending an e-mail to

who’s who on the board

Sandi LaCharite, Chair/President

Sandi lives in White Rock with her husband and has three adult children.  She is a member of St Cuthbert’s Anglican Church where she has also worked in an accounting and finance role for the past twenty years. With her husband, she also runs a family business. She has been involved with Camp Artaban since 2001, following eight years involvement with Circle R Ranch in Ontario. She has held such roles as Craft Director, Director of Children’s Coed and Chair of Volunteer Management Committee. Sandi also initiated and directed St Cuthbert’s Parish Work Weekend for the past five years, which has involved the restoration of the chapel and various other parts of camp. Sandi brings to the board a great passion for Christian camping, business and financial experience, a good understanding of how Camp Artaban operates, experience working in the Diocese of New Westminster community, and many strong friendships and acquaintances with many of Camp Artaban’s members and supporters.

Nancy Ferris, Secretary

Nancy Ferris is a member of Holy Trinity Church in Vancouver and Crossroads Community Church in Chilliwack and has been involved with the Camp Artaban Society since 1984.  Nancy spent many years volunteering as a counselor, program staff and session director.  She also worked as paid staff in the kitchen for several years and as the Onsite Director for 13 years.  Nancy has served on the Program and Field Administration committees and was a Board Member before a young family made life too busy.  Nancy is committed to sharing the Good News through the context of camping and recognizes how blessed we are to have such an amazing resource through which to carry out this ministry.  Now working as a teacher and with 2 teen-aged children, Nancy continues to be passionate about camp and to help continue the ministry of Camp Artaban.

David Quinton

David belongs to Holy Trinity Vancouver, including sitting on parish council. He has been a board member of Camp Artaban Society for many of the past 20 years, including as Chair of the Board for five years. He has also been Executive Director, On-Site Director in the early 1990s, and Chair of Program Committee. David is a pipe organ tuner by trade and has also been involved as a youth group leader and on Diocesan of youth committees. He offers tremendous passion, skills, and commitment to Camp Artaban.

Fern Jaspers-Fayer

Fern has been a member of Holy Trinity (HT) Vancouver since moving to Vancouver in 2005 for her graduate training in experimental psychology and neuroscience at Simon Fraser Univeristy. At HT Fern served on parish council (2008-2010) as the lay delegate to the Synod of New Westminster and always sings in the choir (2005-present). For the last three years, Fern has rocked being one of the youth group leaders at Artaban’s Family Camp.

Karen McNeilly

Karen lives in Langley with her two teen-aged children, and is a member of the parish of St. George, Fort Langley. Karen has been an avid Artabaner for 10 years, attending Single Parents camp and Family Camp. Her daughter, Rachel, has also attended Children’s Co-ed, Girl’s camp and Fine Arts camp, and is looking forward to being a volunteer staff member and permie. Rachel can often be heard playing her violin at talent nights and Rock the Dock. Karen’s son, Ethan has shared his love of music with Artaban by playing his trumpet at Taps, and is known to rescue wayward canoeists from the bay. Karen is a lawyer practicing in family law with RDM Lawyers in Abbotsford. She brings her skills in business, management, and negotiation to the board in order to move the Camp Artaban Society forward into a new and successful chapter so that children and families can continue to experience the joyfulness that is found at Camp Artaban.

christine elder

Christine joined the Board in 2016 and has loved Camp Artaban since her children and nieces and nephews started attending camp in the early 1990’s.  She is a special education teacher by training and a Certified Child Life Specialist by profession.  She has worked with children and families coping with the challenges of health care experiences for 30 years. She has returned to the parish of St. Cuthbert’s Anglican Church.  She has been at camp as a craft director and involved with work parties and her children have attended as campers and staff.  She is excited to be a part of this new chapter in Camp Artaban’s life.