BC Wood Welcomes New Additions to Board of Directors

BC Wood has two new faces on its board of directors.

Kelly Marciniw, vice-president at Pan-Abode International, and Donna Shaw, director of marketing and sales at Live Edge Design, were welcomed into the fold last month.

“Kelly and Donna bring a wealth of knowledge and experience in their respective sectors and are eager to share their understanding of the industry with members,” says Brian Hawrysh, CEO of BC Wood, a not-for-profit trade association that has represented the province’s value-added wood products industry for 30 years. “We expect (them) to be proactive in supporting industry initiatives that will benefit the industry as a whole, as well as their specific sectors.”

Both accomplished in their respective fields, with successful track records that will contribute to the quality of BC Wood’s activities, dedication to innovation and industry growth, Marciniw will represent the pre-fabricated housing sector from the Lower Mainland, while Shaw will represent the furniture sector from Vancouver Island.

The organization recently said goodbye to Brent Comber, who represented the furniture sector for nearly 15 years. His valuable insight and guidance made large, positive impacts on the industry, says the association. While he will no longer guide BC Wood as a board member, Comber continues to be a strong voice for value-added wood products manufacturers.

Marciniw joined Pan-Abode in March 2019. A division of the AP Group, the Canadian-owned company is a long-standing manufacturer of milled log homes. It was founded in 1948 by Aage Jensen, a Danish master carpenter who wanted to provide his clients with a “cabin in the woods” experience. As in the early days, Pan-Abode’s houses are built from four-by-six Western red cedar logs with a double tongue and groove profile. Log cabin kits are custom designed and delivered with everything needed for construction – subfloor, exterior and interior log walls, framing, siding (depending on the model), windows, doors, roofing system and roof – as well as a detailed construction manual and drawings.

Shaw has been with Live Edge Design for over 15 years. She is touted as the creative genius behind the company’s website and some of its product designs. Live Edge Design creates custom wood furniture from locally salvaged trees. In 2015, the company partnered with the Robert Bateman Foundation to celebrate the life and value of a Bigleaf Maple from the Cowichan Valley that had to be cut down for health and safety reasons. Multiple artists were invited to create as much beauty from it as possible, demonstrating the vast potential of salvaging wood. Since then, there have been two other exhibits, in 2017 and 2019, each celebrating the life of a different tree.

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