State Officers

State Deputy, Arcie Lim:

Arcie J. Lim joined the Knights in 1982 as a member of Council 4615. Arcie LimHe subsequently transferred to St. Joseph Council 9479 where he served as Financial Secretary and eventually Grand Knight and was instrumental in achieving the council’s first STAR Council Award. He served as District Deputy from 2002 to 2004 and earned Star District for both years. After his term as DD, he was appointed as the State New Council Development Director and served in that position for three years. He was elected as State Warden in 2008 and has served two terms as State Advocate in 2009-2010. He was elected as State Treasurer in 2011 and 2012 and as State Secretary in 2013 and 2014. For two years, Arcie also served in the capacity of State Membership Director when the State garnered the coveted Circle of Honour Award from Supreme in 2009 and 2010. He was also the State Bursary Chairman during his term as Treasurer. He was elected in his current position as State Deputy at the 104th BC and Yukon State Annual General Meeting and Convention held in Richmond in April 2015. He is presently a member of St. Mary’s Council 13072 in Vancouver.

Arcie also served as Faithful Navigator of Simon Fraser Assembly 0029 and became the Chartered Faithful Navigator of St. Lorenzo Ruiz Assembly 2944. He was honored on separate occasions by both his Council and Assembly as Family of the Year.

Arcie is an Accountant by profession and holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Administration with a CPA designation. He is very active and involved in various movements and committees in his parish, school, local community and Archdiocesan activities. He was the Chairperson of the St. Joseph’s Pastoral Council for many years and is currently a member of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council of the Archdiocese of Vancouver. Arcie served as PEC Chairman of St. Joseph Elementary School for eight years and Treasurer of the Regional Parish Education Committee at St. Patrick Secondary School for five years. He was appointed as member of the Special Task Force (the forerunner of Forum) of the Catholic Independent School of Vancouver Archdiocese and served for a term of three years. He was elected representative to CISVA andserved as member of the Policy and Procedures Committee for two years. He sits on the Board of two local NFP organizations and was a recipient of the Papal Award “Benemerenti Medal”.

Arcie is also active in the community at large. He was past president of Circulo Pampangueno in BC, a non-profit organization extending financial aid to the needy and offering scholarships to poor but deserving students in the Philippines. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the United Filipino Canadian Associations in BC.


State Chaplain, Most Reverend Ken Nowakowski:

Ken Nowakowski was born on 16 May 1958 in North Battleford, Saskatchewan. He held several Bishop Ken Nowakowskisecular positions in the private and government sectors before commencing a formation program for priestly ordination leading to graduation from St Michael’s College at the University of Toronto in 1984 with a Bachelor of Religious Studies and Philosophy degree. His formation continued in Rome, gaining his Bachelor of Sacred Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in 1989.

He was ordained to the priesthood on 19 August 1989 at Saint George’s Cathedral, for the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, by Bishop Basil Filevich. Then Fr. Ken returned to Rome to study Eastern Canon Law and in 1990 was appointed vice chancellor and chief of staff to His Beatitude Myroslav Ivan Cardinal Lubachivsky, Father and Head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church and Major Archbishop of Lviv of the Ukraine.

In 1991, Fr. Ken accompanied His Beatitude Myroslav Ivan to his Archepiscopal See in Lviv, Ukraine where he served as chief-of-staff until 1995. He was the founder and president of the Church’s official charities organization Caritas Ukraine until October 2001. He also served as the press officer for the Roman Catholic & Ukrainian Catholic Churches in Ukraine for the historic visit of Blessed John Paul II to Kyiv and Lviv, Ukraine.

Fr. Nowakowski was appointed rector of Holy Spirit Ukrainian Catholic Seminary in Ottawa, Canada in November 2001, and in October 2002, was also appointed Press Officer/Spokesperson of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canada. During this period, he also served on the CCCB Committee on Adult Catechesis.

In July 2006, Fr. Ken was appointed Chancellor of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saskatoon, and his appointment as third Eparch of New Westminster for Ukrainian Catholics in BC was announced by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI on 1 June 2007. Bishop Ken was ordained a bishop and enthroned as Eparch of New Westminster, BC, on 24 July that year, by Most Rev. Lawrence Huculak OSBM, Metropolitan for Ukrainian Catholics in Canada and Archbishop of Winnipeg, Most Rev. Severian Yakymyshyn OSBM, Bishop Emeritus of New Westminster and Most Rev. Peter Stasiuk CSsR, Bishop of Ss. Peter & Paul Eparchy for Ukrainian Catholics in Australia and New Zealand at St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in Vancouver.

Bishop Ken is the head of the Ukrainian Catholic Patriarchal Commission for Clergy and is one of four bishops to serve as a member of the Permanent Synod of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. He was elected to direct the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church’s world-wide Pastoral Program known as the “Vibrant Parish a place to Encounter the Living Christ”.

Bishop Ken has been a Knight of Columbus since 1989.


State Secretary, Ming Lau, PEng, CEng:

Koon Ming Lau joined the Knights of Columbus Coquitlam Council 5540 in 2001.Ming

When his home parish, St. Francis Xavier, established a new council in Feb. 2006, he transferred to St. Francis Xavier Council 10500 as a Charter member. He has been an active member serving as the Treasurer for one and a half years at the Council 10500. He was then elected as the Grand Knight and was awarded double star council in three consecutive years during his terms. Ming was awarded the Grand Knight of the Year from the State of British Columbia and Yukon in 2010.  

He continued to serve as the District Deputy from 2010 – 2013 and earned Star District in 2012. In the same year, he was awarded the District Deputy of the Year. In 2013, Ming was elected as the State Advocate and appointed as the State Membership Director, and was re-elected as the State Advocate and appointed as State New Council Development and Round Table Chairman in 2014. After a year in the position of State Treasurer in the fraternal year 2015-16, Ming was most recently elected as State Secretary.

Ming joined St. Lorenzo Ruiz Assembly 2944 in 2007 and was appointed as the Deputy Commander. In late 2011, he established a new Assembly at St. Francis Xavier Parish successfully and became the Charter Faithful Navigator of St. Francis Xavier Assembly 3315. In 2013, he was recognized as the Faithful Navigator of the Year from the District of BC/Yukon. He was honoured with other awards on behalf of the Council and himself from the State Council at different occasions. Ming graduated in England and is a Professional Engineer and a Charter Engineer with other professional designations. He is also active at church serving various parish committees, joining the sodalities, leading many fundraising events and parish activities.


State Treasurer, Dale Hofer:

Dale Hofer joined the Knights of Columbus in 2005 with Council 12202 in Coldstream, BC. Dale HoferDale was elected Deputy Grand Knight at the next election and retained that position for 3 years before becoming Grand Knight. He was Grand Knight for the next 3 years and during that tenure, his council earned Double Star Council in the first year and Star Council in the 2nd and 3rd years. Council 12202 earned Most Meritorious Council 2 out of the 3 years, as well as a State Community award for the Keep Christ in Christmas Program.

After the 3 year term as Grand Knight, Dale was appointed District Deputy for District 11. During this time, a 2nd degree team was created in District 11 of which Dale is a member, as well being a member of as the Vernon/Coldstream 1st degree team. Dale has also served as State Warden, State Advocate and State Program Director.

Since buying a business and moving to Vernon with his wife Dianne and 3 children in 2004, Dale has been involved with Our Lady of the Valley Church as a lector, the Youth Club and St. James School in various capacities. Dale and his family have been selected as Family of the year twice during their time in Vernon.


State Advocate, Edgardo Panes:

Ed Panes

Brother Edgardo Panes joined Knights of Columbus Council 10681, Christoper Columbus, at St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Richmond, in 2007. He was elected Grand Knight of the council in 2009 and served two years in that role.

Under his leadership, the council gained Double Star council awards for two consecutive years with phenomenal growth in Insurance and Membership and Recognition for Service Programs, which included helping the needy at the Richmond Food bank with the Coats for Kids program. Brother Edgardo earned the Grand Knight of the Year Award in 2010-2011.

Appointment as District Deputy for District #23 followed, and during Brother Edgardo’s term in office from 2012 to 2014, the district gained Star District status for two consecutive years. 2014 saw Brother Ed appointed State Convention and Conference Chairman for the British Columbia and Yukon State Council.

Brother Ed was elected State Warden in 2015, and to the position of State Advocate for the 2016-2017 fraternal year.


State Warden, Denis Faucher:

Brother Denis Faucher joined the Knights of Columbus in 2009 and started as Recorder Denis Faucherwith Holy Rosary Cathedral Council #14652 from 2009-2011. Moving quickly through the degrees, Denis completed his 4th Degree Exemplification at St Augustine’s Parish along with many others which also included Archbishop Michael Miller. Two years later, Denis became Grand Knight of Holy Rosary Cathedral Council #14652 earning his Council the Star Council in his first year as Grand Knight 2011-2013.

After two years as Grand Knight Denis was appointed District Deputy for District #5 from 2013-2016. For three years, Denis held the District Deputy #5 position and at the same time was elected Faithful Navigator of Simon Fraser Assembly #0029 from 2014-2016. During these three years Brother Denis earned the District Deputy of the Year Award 2013-2014 as well as the Faithful Navigator of the Year Award 2015-2016. Denis helped the Councils in his District earn the Double Star Award in 2014-2015 and this earned him the highly coveted All Star District Award.

In 2014-2015 and 2015-2016, as District Deputy #5, Brother Denis was instrumental in establishing two new Councils – Blessed Scalabrini Council #16257 at Our Lady of Fatima in Vancouver and Saint Alphonsus Liguori Council #3821 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Vancouver.

Denis was elected State Warden for the 2016-2017 Fraternal Year and concurrently holds the position of State General Program Director.


Immediate Past State Deputy, Ed Shawchuk, MS (Tax), CGA:

Edward became a member of Council 4949 of the Knights of Columbus in Vernon in December Edward Shawchuk1978. Edward and his wife Sandra have moved several times and Edward has been an active member holding several positions on the executives of Council 7938 in Calgary, Councils 1081, 8535 and 13288 in Vancouver, and in 1995 became Charter Grand Knight of Council 11239 in New Westminster. Edward is currently a member of Thomas Haney Council 5566 in Maple Ridge.

As District Deputy, Edward earned Star District in three consecutive terms from 2001 to 2004 and has been recognized as the BC/Yukon District Deputy of the Year and the BC/Yukon Faithful Navigator of the Year. He also served the State Council as State Membership Director from 2005 to 2009 working to help earn Circle of Honour in each of his last two years. Edward was elected State Warden in 2007, State Advocate in 2008 and State Treasurer in 2009 and 2010, State Secretary in 2011 and 2012 and State Deputy in 2013.

Edward is a Knight Commander in the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem and in August of 2011 he was awarded the Benemerenti Medal by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI for his service to the church. In January 2015, Edward was invested as a Knight in the Papal Order of St. Gregory the Great. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Accounting with Honours from BCIT and a Masters Degree in US Taxation from Golden Gate University. Edward is a CPA-CGA and is currently a Senior Manager at BDO LLP where he oversees and manages the US Tax Group in Vancouver.