CIF Board Members


The Community Initiatives Fund (CIF) is governed by up to eight appointed board members, all with extensive volunteer experience. CIF board members make all granting decisions.


Ian Rea (Chair) | Regina

Ian's career spanned 34 years as a finance, management and governance professional serving credit unions, cooperatives and government in Saskatchewan. In 2011, Ian retired from his role as CEO of Conexus Credit Union, Canada’s sixth largest credit union. Early retirement provided Ian with the opportunity to pursue interests in community service and teaching and led him to the Community Initiatives Fund.

Gaston de la Sablonnière | Regina

Gaston's experience as a volunteer goes back many years, as a Board Member of the Regina & District Chamber of Commerce, the Prairie Implement Manufacturer Association (now known as Agricultural Manufacturers of Canada), le Conseil de la Cooperation de la Saskatchewan and many other Boards and Committees. Gaston enjoys being involved with the community and meeting new people.

Steve Jeffers  | Prince Albert

Steve has spent the last 32 years in small business management and the prior 7 years in the banking industry. Steve has a long history of volunteerism. He is currently Board chair of Prince Albert Community Futures, and President of the Prince Albert Pistol and Rifle Club. Steve values connecting with others, spending family time at the lake and various outdoor sporting endeavours.

Scott Osmachenko | Moose Jaw

Scott grew up in Sonningdale and currently lives in Moose Jaw working as the Recreation Services Manager with the City of Moose Jaw. His previous experience include Health Promotion and Community Recreation with the Canadian Armed Forces at 15 Wing Moose Jaw. Scott takes pride in volunteering for the Canadian Red Cross, South West District for Culture, Recreation & Sport, his children's School Community Council and coaching. He values community development, facilitating, spending time with his family and active living.

Cheryl Cook | Saskatoon

Cheryl retired from the Saskatoon Public School Division in 2012 after working as an Educational Assistant for 28 years. Cheryl is now involved with a curling program, encouraging and teaching grade 6 to 8 students the wonderful sport of curling. Cheryl and her husband have raised 3 beautiful children who live and work in Saskatoon and are also proud grandparents of 5 grandchildren. Cheryl is very excited to be a member of the CIF Board, connecting and being a part of the many initiatives happening in our province.


Trevor Miller | Shellbrook

Trevor worked for 19 years as a teacher in Prince Albert before joining Sun Life Financial in 2014. He has volunteered his time over the years on various community boards as well as coaching and managing various fastball and hockey teams. He enjoys spending times in the outdoors fishing and hunting as well as quality time spent with family and friends. 


Tim Taylor | Wolseley

Tim Taylor is a teacher with a career that spanned 41 years. He was principal in Wolseley for the last 26 years until his retirement in 2016. He is currently vice president of the Horizon Credit Union, a member of Wolseley Town Council, treasurer of the Mainline Music Festival committee for Wolseley, an elder on the board of his local church, and also a member of the local Lions Club. Tim enjoys spending time with his wife and high school aged son. Curling and golfing are just a couple of activities he enjoys when he finds time from his busy schedule.