Community Futures Southwest

600 Chaplin Street East, Swift Current, SK - Phone: (306) 773-0900

Image Credit: Tourism Saskatchewan/Greg Huszar Photography

About Community Futures Southwest

John H. Parker, General Manager
Phone: 306.778.4242  

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John brings 25 years of CFDC to Community Futures Southwest, which he gained working in the communities of The Pas, MB, Dryden, ON, Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, and High River, AB. He also has 19 years banking experience and is a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers. As well John is a Fellow of the Institute of Business Consultants - an international designation from Harrogate UK. He is an advocate for community volunteer work and has been actively involved with: Chamber of Commerce, Jaycees, Junior Achievement Program and acted as the Chairman for Tourism North in Northern Manitoba; Action Southwest as Operations Steward, and as past-president of the Saskatchewan Economic Development Association.



Kara Thompson, General Manager
Phone: 306.778.4242


Kara Thompson      

Kara Thompson brings knowledge and experience in the financial sector to her role as General Manager for Community Futures Southwest. She has been with the organization for 9 years with the last 3 years, as the General Manager. Her passion for helping communities in our region; giving back with numerous volunteer hours and working with partnering organizations; provide a benefit for our office and our city. 

Her compassion for helping our clients provides a warm and caring client service experience. Kara enjoys her role as General Manager and values the initiative and direction that the Community Futures organization has been striving to achieve. Loans, Advice and support for small business owners, entrepreneurs and the community economic development work are all contibuting factors that keeps her engaged. 

Please feel free to contact Kara or Community Futures Southwest to answer all your questions. The staff are willing and ready to help you achieve your goals and dreams!


The volunteer board members provide invaluable guidance and direction to the Community Futures Southwest organization.

Board of Directors - 

Chairperson - Region 3 - Michael Laevens - Leader, Sask.                                                                                                                                    

Vice Chairperson - Region 6 - Dan Martens   - Swift Current, Sask.                                                                                                                                

Secretary Treasurer - Region 7 - Teresa Richards - Vanguard, Sask.                                                                                                                      

Nathan Gill - Region 6  - Swift Current, Sask.                                                                                                                                                              

Raylene Packet - Region 5   - Webb, Sask.                                                                                                                                                        

Floyd Carefoot - Region 6 - RM of Swift Current, Sask. 


Region 1 - VACANT - Waldeck, Morse, Hodgeville Saskatchewan

Region 2 - VACANT - Cabri, Hazlet, Kyle Saskatchewan

Region 4 - VACANT - Maple Creek, Piapot, Cypress Hills Saskatchewan

Aboriginal - VACANT 

Youth - VACANT

If you are interested in becoming a CF Southwest Board Member, find out how to apply by contacting our office: 306.778.4242 or

Or to view an overview of the Board Member application process, Board terms and volunteer expectations: Role_of_Board_Members_and_officers.doc

Hours of Operation are as follows:

Monday to Friday - 8:00 until 4:00

Closed for Lunch - 12:00 until 1:00