BCAAFE Officers

Executive Director

Janine Saw
#20 - 16655 64th Avenue
Surrey, BC V3S 3V1

Executive Committee

Tom Harter
4184 Noble Road
Armstrong, BC V2R 5C7

Who is Tom Harter? Tom Harter is a husband, stepfather and a grandfather. He has a wonderful wife, a stepdaughter, stepson and four grandchildren who are the light of his life.

Tom has been involved in/with fairs since 2004. Tom spent three years as head co-ordinator of the committee and volunteers that put on what was one of the largest educational displays at a fair in Western Canada. Tom was recognized by the company’s board of directors for co-ordinating what they considered to be the best and most educational display that they had ever seen.

Tom has spent the last 8 years as a fair volunteer. He was awarded volunteer of the year when he was a director at large on the board of the Interior Provincial Exhibition. He is now an executive director on the board of the Interior Provincial Exhibition.
Fairs have become Tom’s passion and that is why he stepped forward to become a director on the board of the BC Association of Agricultural Fairs and Exhibitions. Tom’s hobbies include camping, fishing, hiking and snowshoeing. When asked, Tom is always johnny on the spot for lending a helping hand. In short Tom Harter is a family man, passionate about anything to do with fairs, loves the outdoors and is always there to lend a helping hand when needed.

Karen Streeter
1st Vice President
#4 - 2300 Bowen Road
Nanaimo, BC V9T 3K7

Karen is the President of the Vancouver Island Exhibition, Nanaimo. She has been involved with the VIEX for 22 years. She has been an exhibitor with her Emus, Livestock Director, past President, Secretary, chairperson of their 52-bed Community Garden and Vice-President for many years.

Karen has lived on a 5 acre hobby farm for over 21 years in Lantzville, which is a small community located next to Nanaimo. She was born in Edmonton and raised in Nanaimo. She retired 6 years ago after having worked as a Social Worker for 20 years. She has been married for 32 years, has 5 children and 8 grandchildren, which keep her very busy.

The VIEX is currently involved in the planning stages to build a new building which will replace their 7 aging barns which Karen is actively involved in.

Karen believes strongly in the impact and benefits that fairs contribute to all communities. As Nanaimo is a large urban area with very few farms left, the VIEX is needed to reinforce tradition and teach people were their food comes from.

She was very pleased and honored to have the position of 2nd Vice President of BC Fairs and looks forward to being actively involved further in 2016!

Ann Siddall
2nd Vice President
PO Box 32
Port Alberni, BC V9Y 8T9

Ann has been an active volunteer most of her adult life, she was was involved with 4-H for over 28 years, and volunteered at her fair before taking on the role of administrator in 2001.

Ann has lived in Port Alberni for most of her life, her children were brought up there. They are now spread out in Calgary, Alberta and Vancouver Island. She is blessed with 7 grandchildren that range in age from 4 to 22 years of age.

In 2012 Ann hung up her apron and retired her busy catering business, and now spends most of her free time offering administration support for the Alberni District Fall Fair along with her role on the BC Fairs Board of Directors. Ann feels very blessed to have met so many great people in the fair business. She still takes time for herself and continues to actively pursue various crafts and has a great network of friends!

Pamela Brenner
Finance Chair
4306 York Street
Chilliwack, BC V2R 5C7

Pamela has had 25 years of experience in the fair industry with time spent at both the Cloverdale Rodeo and the Abbotsford Agrifair. She was hired by the Abbotsford Agrifair in 1990 to temporarily fill a station and achieved a position as the GM from 2007 until 2015. She has also completed the IAFE Institute of Fair Management program.

Pamela has been involved in all aspects of fair planning and organizing and has seen many changes over the years throughout the industry. After ten years on the BC Fair board, she is still honored to a part of the organization and loves the challenges of working with Ministry of Agriculture and assisting the Executive Director wherever she can to help with Association business.

Pamela resides in Chilliwack with her longtime sweetheart and husband, Jim, of 37 years. She has two children and one grandchild, Ben, who has become an additional heartbeat with her heart and now understands that being a grandparent is the best part of being a parent!


Keith Currie
4955 Thompson Clark Drive
West Bowser, BC V0R 1G0

PASSION is a term that describes Keith in anything he does. You all know how dedicated he is to Comox Valley Exhibition and BC Fairs. Many of you know of his past life as a Canadian Tire Dealer and the other organizations he has volunteered for. But here`s some trivia about Keith that shows how passionate he is about all his pursuits. An avid hiker, backpacker and camper Keith has hiked virtually ever trail on Vancouver Island and adjacent Islands as well as many other Provinces in Canada, States in the U.S. and thru out parts of Mexico. Not what you would consider a seasoned traveler Keith has been on every Continent with the exception of Antarctica (it`s on his Bucket List).

While nowhere near a professional athlete Keith is now or has participated in golf, baseball, hockey, bowling, soccer and several other sports. Did you know Keith had music in his background? If you grew up with Keith in Winnipeg you would have heard him on CBC with CBC`s Youth Choir. What other secrets does Keith have up his sleeve? Probably lots – ask him!

Tarah Hauser
9695 Prest Road
Chilliwack, BC V2P 8E3

With 10 years of experience in the outdoor amusement industry, Tarah Hauser brings considerable knowledge and fresh ideas to BC Fairs. Tarah is quite enthusiastic for her journey as a new director and her optimism to bring forward prosperity to our ever-involving industry is welcomed.

Born in Vancouver and raised in Langley, BC, Tarah Hauser currently resides in Chilliwack with her husband Rob, and two children, Kelly and Kessler. They own and operate First Class Concessions (a mobile food and game operation) that provides fairs and exhibitions with family fun for all ages. From April through October, Tarah travels with her family at West Coast Amusements covering most regions in Western Canada and has had the opportunity to work hand in hand with many fair affiliates in their daily operations.

Tarah welcomes members to share their experiences and ideas with her so she can work towards building a platform to bring commercial members closer to the organization. Tarah’s philosophy is "The best way to predict the future is to create it" (Abraham Lincoln). This is her goal with BC Fairs as Commercial Associate Director.

Shari Paterson
7380 Trans Canada Hwy
Duncan, BC V9L 6B1

Shari Is best known for her positive personality and “get the job done attitude”, a banner that has encompassed a variety of Business organizations.

Her first business venture with her husband Lee was in their Automotive Performance store (Paterson’s Auto-Motion). Known for her 1970 Big Block Corvette Roadster exemplified by her "Mine is faster than yours" ownership of the highway. With a rewarding 26 years in that industry, she still was able to raise two wonderful children daughter Ashley and son Ryan.

What started out as Volunteer work with the local BCJHL team soon rose to a full time Business Managers job. Her personality and drive turned the Hockey club into becoming a roaring success, from off ice to on ice, The “Cowichan Valley Capitals” had become one of the loudest, best supported rinks in the Junior A line up.

After fourteen years with the club it was announced she would be moving to a new position, Executive Director of the “Cowichan Exhibition”. Only as Shari would say, “she has the best job in the World and works with an amazing group of people”. Although Agriculture is not rooted in her background she has become very passionate about the Exhibition and all that it stands for in the community.

Allison Bowers
1237 Pratt Road
Qualicum Beach, BC V9K 1W5

Allison is currently the First Vice-President of the Arrowsmith Agricultural Association (AAA) in Coombs, BC. The AAA is responsible for the running of the Coombs Fair in August each year.

Allison is a highly motivated team player who enjoys problem solving, challenges and working with people. She brings with her a 30 year background in Information Technology and Strategic Planning, both in the private and government sectors. She has recently retired from WorkSafeBC.

Allison is a self-confessed ‘Fair junkie’. I LOVE Fairs as they are such happy places to be!

Sylvia Layzell
329 Beech Crescent,
Prince George, BC
V2N 1K8

Sylvia has lived in Prince George for most of her life; she has one grown daughter and an adorable 1 ½ year old grandson who also live in Prince George. She started in the fair and exhibition industry in 1985 and has worked / volunteered in some capacity on a continuous basis ever since.

Sylvia has been serving on the board of directors of the BCNE for the past four years and is currently vice president. She has been focused on re-engaging the youth and encouraging their participation through the home arts and horticulture divisions at the BCNE.

A dedicated advocate for the promotion of youth in agriculture and preserving the history of the Prince George Agricultural and Historical Association, she believes in actively supporting her community and educating the public in what their fair offers visitors and local residents.

Sylvia considers herself privileged to work with so many other volunteers and gets huge satisfaction from seeing the smiles on their guests faces, both young and old.

With over 30 years of experience, both working and volunteering in many aspects of the fair industry, Sylvia hopes for the opportunity to bring this knowledge and broaden her experience as a director on the provincial association board.

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