May 12, 2020
Darlene Thorburn of Victoria, B.C., was first elected to the FCL Board in 2020. She is one of the directors elected by District 2 which is comprised of 21 retails in British Columbia and Alberta. Darlene has primary responsibility for twelve Retail members which are located in the western part of the District.
As an FCL Director, Darlene serves on the Human Resources and Credentials Committees. Additionally, she serves as the Board’s representative liaison to the BC Co-op Association and as a Board representative to The Co-operators.
Darlene was first elected to the Board of Mid Island Consumer Services Co-operative in 2009. She served as Board Chair/President for nine years. She has strong experience in board governance and corporate performance management.
Darlene worked for 26 years in labour relations and human resources and holds the Institute of Corporate Directors Designation (ICD.D) through the Rothman School of Business at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver.
Darlene also serves as a Board member with a local non-profit housing association – Duncan Housing Association. This association provides housing for low-income seniors and people with disabilities. She was elected to the Board in 2018 and is Vice-Chair of the Board and Chair of the Finance committee.
Darlene has five grown children and seven grandchildren.