Meet the Board - 1/3

Posted on : Tuesday, July 06, 2021


Welcome to the first entry of our three-part “Meet the Board'' blog. In this mini-series, we will be highlighting the amazing members of our Board of Directors and getting to know them in a new light! The Board of Directors are responsible for acting in the best long-term interests of the Downtown Lethbridge BRZ and the community, while bringing broad knowledge and inclusive perspectives to the task of informed decision-making. Behind these responsibilities, they are members of the Downtown community who call Lethbridge home. Without further adieu, let’s dive into the first round of our board members!


Today, we will be highlighting Justin Tavernini, Lance Gilchrist, and Cara Draffin: 


Justin (pictured left) was born and raised in Lethbridge, and has been the proud owner of O2 Training Centre alongside his wife, for 10 years. He is in his third year of being on the board of directors, while recently taking up the position as Board Chair. Justin described the most exciting part about being on the board of directors as “feeling like you are able to make a difference in the business community and having a sense of pride in Downtown where you have a voice”. Justin’s favorite things to do in Downtown are enjoying its atmosphere and the camaraderie between business owners. In his spare time, you can bet Justin is enjoying a fitness-related activity such as martial arts. When asked to describe himself in three words, Justin replied “determined, outgoing, and funny”.

Lance (pictured bottom right) was born and raised in Lethbridge and has lived here for 60 years. He is in his second year on the board of directors as the Vice Chair. Lance is a Scribe Bro at the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Lance When asked what the most exciting part about being on board of directors was, Lance replied “Gaining a better understanding about day-to-day activities and what is going on downtown”. Among Lance’s favorite things to do Downtown, he loves to enjoy the diverse food-eating opportunities and go for walks while taking in the daylight and openness of Downtown. He additionally likes to appreciate the stories of the people behind the businesses. Lance likes to spend his spare time outdoors, whether it be biking, camping, or caring for his cattle. When asked to describe himself in three words, he replied “caring, outgoing, and engaged”. 

Cara (pictured top right) has called Lethbridge ‘home’ for her whole life, being born and raised here. Cara is the owner of both Pharmasave Draffins located Downtown. She is in her second year of being on the board of directors and described her favorite part of being involved as “being a part of decision-making for the downtown and striving to be a positive voice”. Her favorite things to do Downtown are spend time at her two businesses and meeting the Downtown community. Cara additionally enjoys spending quality time with friends and family. When asked to describe herself in three words, Cara replied “engaged, caring, and optimistic”.