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Board Members

United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island

President  Travis Bryson

Past President Don Bonner

Vice President John Little

Treasurer Travis Bryson


Bill Anglin

Bonnie Bergeron

Corrine Thompson

Lucy Oxman

Jim Brown

Dot Neary

Micki McCartney

Phyllis Horn 

Board Nominations

Executive Director Biography

Signy Madden

Signy is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) with over twenty-seven years' of experience managing non-profit agencies and running successful communications and fundraising campaigns. Prior to joining United Way she had her own consulting practice on Vancouver Island and was involved in many successful campaigns such as saving the Kinsol Trestle and Bethlehem Retreat Centre and securing new facilities for St. John Ambulance and Nanaimo Community Hospice. Prior to consulting, Ms. Madden worked in Vancouver as Executive Director of the Option Youth Society and at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre. 

Board Biographies

Don Bonner

Don has lived in just about every province in Canada, however he has spent most of his time on Vancouver Island. He is married with five children and two grandchildren. Don is presently on the Grants advisory board for the City of Nanaimo and also a member of the steering committee for the Successful Cities initiative with the Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce, VIU and the City of Nanaimo. He is a Rotarian and has travelled to Africa on National Immunization campaigns against Polio. He is a member of the Nanaimo Executive Association and sits as a board member for the International Executive Association. Don is an Algonquin member of the Shabot Ogaadjiwan First Nation. In his spare time he renovates an old farmstead in Lantzville.


Bonnie Bergeron

Bonnie has a love for people and relationship building. Her travels all over the world have given her a better understanding of other cultures and sparked an interest in her own French Canadian culture. She went on to relearn French and learn sign language. She now works with the deaf or hard of hearing in the community. She believes in giving back to the community by sharing her skills through the United Way. Travis Bryson Travis is a Chartered Accountant with over 15 years of experience working with non-profit organizations and small and medium sized business to help them improve their bottom line. He moved to the Island in 2008 to raise his children in a better community and is now looking forward to giving back to the community through United Way.


Corrine Thompson 

Corrine was born and raised in the Cowichan Valley, and after living away for 20 years, in 2010 she returned to settle in Duncan. Corrine started in banking in 1978 and has had a varied career with RBC in Personal Banking, Small Business and Branch Management. It is important for her to be involved in the community, and while raising her four children, she volunteered her time sitting on PACs and fundraising. Through work she also helped with fundraising for BC Children’s Hospital, United Way, MS, and the Alzheimer’s to name a few.In 2007, Corrine lost her youngest son to suicide and shortly after she joined Needs Crisis in Victoria, and became a speaker for SAY (Suicide Awareness for Youth). She gave presentations in high schools around Victoria working to raise awareness of this important issue and finding ways to give back and be involved with community became even more important.Corrine is also a Rotarian with Rotary Club of Duncan (President 2015/2016). She has been working at RBC (Duncan Branch) since 2010, and has been on the board of United Way Cowichan for the past five years.  Corrine and her husband, Tim, live in Cowichan Bay, with family in Victoria and Cowichan, and three lovely granddaughters who are the highlight of their lives.


John Little

John has been in the central Island area for 34 years. He is married with four children and nine grandchildren. John is also on the board of the Mid-Island Coop. His hobbies are gourmet cooking, brewing fine reds and volunteering for local events. He is currently an executive of the Nanaimo, Duncan & District Labour Council and the Local Steelworkers (USW 1-1937). One of John's main focuses is that, "I would like to see greater workplace participation in our local United Way."


Lucy Oxman

Lucy is the Vice President of the Nanaimo Duncan and District Labour Council. She has planned and volunteered at countless community events. Lucy enjoys volunteering and engaging with the community.Lucy is also the Nanaimo - North Island Rep for the BCNDP Women’s Rights Committee, the Women’s Rep for the Nanaimo NDP Constituency and a Member-at-Large for the Nanaimo-Ladysmith NDP Constituency.Aside from volunteer work, Lucy is a full-time third year student at Vancouver Island University (Philosophy Major) with hopes to continue her education after graduating.   

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