Caraleen relocated from the Northwest Territories to the Okanagan in 2004, and just recently joined the Ranch as Financial Director in 2018. She has a background in Finance, Marketing, Information Technology and Business Management that will be a definite asset in keeping the Ranch running smoothly. Caraleen has a long history within the tourism industry in the NWT working for and with different agencies to implement community projects and events.
After moving to the Okanagan, Caraleen has volunteered with different organizations and local initiatives to create awareness regarding non GMO and organic farming practices like Okanagan Greens Society and Blue Dot Movement. In turn, she has completed her Wild Dynamic Permaculture Design Certification. Caraleen is a forward thinker and thrives when she is applying those skills to preserve history, educate people and support local initiatives. All three of which are inline with the mission and values of the O’Keefe Ranch community and the Interior Heritage Society.
Cliff Jamieson, CD, BMASc, CHRP
Cliff Jamieson is a Certified Human Resource Professional, with an expertise in the areas of human resource management, leadership development, security, emergency management and the military. He is an infantry officer and paratrooper, who has spent 40 years in the Canadian Army – 25 of those years in Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (Regular Force) and the past 15 years as a member of the Reserve Force. He currently holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Reserve Force, is a former Commanding Officer of the British Columbia Dragoons and has served on operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, the former Yugoslavia, Cyprus and Germany. In his civilian life, over the past 15 years, he has worked extensively in human resource and business development positions in a wide variety of business settings, including government, retail, manufacturing and education. Cliff holds a Bachelor of Military Arts and Science degree from the Royal Military College of Canada and is a graduate of two Canadian Armed Forces command and staff colleges. He is avid runner, who likes to skiing and golf. He is also an amateur astronomer and a military history buff.
Carla-Jean Stokes received her Masters of History at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2011 and went on to receive a Masters of Photographic Preservation and Collections Management at Ryerson University in 2015. In the same year, she won the Photographic Historical Society of Canada thesis prize for her paper, "British Official First World War Photographs, 1916-1918: Arranging and Contextualizing a Collection of Prints at the Art Gallery of Ontario." Carla-Jean has written articles for the Laurier Centre for Military and Strategic Disarmament Studies, Espirit de Corps magazine and Legion magazine.
Marketing and Events Specialist
Kerry MacLeod has lived in Vernon since 2009 and is a Momma to three boys. She graduated from Fine Arts at the University of Western Ontario in 1994. Since she has worked everywhere from the RCMP to galleries and garden centres. She had a successful artisan business for over ten years and also had a store in Kelowna which she later sold. She has visuals, loss prevention and merchandising training and is a huge believer in customer experience. In Whistler she published a children's book and worked with the municipality on various family events and arts contracts. Her blog that launched in 2007 opened up many social media and sponsorship opportunities and she continues to do social media consulting and writing for local businesses on a contract basis. Kerry passionately supports non-profits, has been a board member locally, volunteers on various committees as well as for community events and groups when possible. Recently she founded the first chapter of 100 Kids Who Care in the North Okanagan.
When she isn't working you will find her working on her home, erding her pets, or playing outside especially on the lake as she is a certified Paddle Canada instructor for SUP.