Community Futures Southwest

#4-240 Central Ave North, Swift Current, SK - Phone: (306) 778-4242

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.


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


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

Secretary Treasurer - Region 7 - Raylene Packet - Municipal Work - Swift Current, Sask. 


Nathan Gill - Region 6  - Financial Advisor - Swift Current, Sask.     


Raylene Packet - Region 5   - Municipal Work -  Webb, Sask.     


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


Norman Fiss - Region 4 - Small Business Owner - Maple Creek, Sask.


Michael Klein - Region 4 - Business Owner; Marketing - Maple Creek, Sask.


Randy Morris - Region 8 - Agriculture - Eastend, Sask.


Region 1 - VACANT - Waldeck, Morse, Hodgeville Saskatchewan

Region 2 - VACANT - Cabri, Hazlet, Kyle Saskatchewan

Aboriginal - VACANT 

Youth - VACANT


If you are interested in becoming a CF Southwest Board Member, please fill out the application: Board_Member_Application_Form_2021-22.pdf  and return to our office or email:

To view the Roles and Responsibilities for Board terms and volunteer expectations: Role_of_Directors_2021-22.pdf


Hours of Operation are as follows:

Monday to Friday - 8:00 until 4:00

Closed for Lunch - 12:00 until 1:00