Dot has a long history of volunteerism and community service, starting in leadership roles on the Parent Advisory Councils at her boys’ schools and the District PAC, followed by two terms as a School Trustee for SD68, Nanaimo-Ladysmith Public Schools, as Board Chair and Chair on various standing committees. Dot joined UWCNVI as a volunteer in 2013, becoming President of the Board of Directors in 2017, while she also sits as a municipal Councillor for the District of Lantzville and as a Board member for the Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation. A resident of Lantzville, Dot has lived in the Nanaimo area 27 years and is married with two adult sons and enjoying life with her retired husband.
After retiring from 35 years in federal public service, Jim worked as a self-employed consultant specializing in leadership development and as a part-time sessional instructor at Vancouver Island University teaching a variety of courses in the Faculty of Management. Jim joined UW as Board Secretary in 2016, after previously working with United Way in Prince George for nearly 15 years, first as federal campaign coordinator and later in various executive roles on the Board of Directors. In 2014 Jim fully retired from all paid work to travel extensively, play golf, and work on the hobby farm he and his wife, Dorothy, own.
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 became Treasurer of the Board in 2013 in order to give back to the community through United Way. He moved to the Island in 2008 to raise his children in a better community.
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 and 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 since becoming a Board member in 2012.
Andrea has a keen interest in local, provincial, federal, and global issues and contributes as president of the Campbell River, Courtenay & District Labour Council, President of CUPE 723, Support Staff, and a member of the United Way Board since 2018. She grew up in Victoria then met her partner and settled in Campbell River in 1988 where they have raised three wonderful daughters (and numerous cats and dogs!).
John is “from away” as he has only been in the Central Island area for 40 years. Appointed as the Labour Rep in 2010, he is a past executive member of the United Steelworkers and the local Labour Council. He says quite simply, “The United way has the most effective procedure for doing the greatest good with limited resources, in our communities.” John commonly refers to UWCNVI grant recipients as “miracle workers” and he wants to see his nine grandchildren and great-grandchildren living in healthy communities.
Bill is a partner with the Courtney & Anglin Real Estate Group at REMAX Ocean Pacific Realty, prior to which he served for 25 yrs. in the Royal Canadian Air Force as a Flight Engineer. Since retiring he has been actively involved in both the business, local government and non-profit sectors, including joining the United Way Board of Directors in 2015. Currently, he is the President of the Comox Valley Community Healthcare Foundation, a director on Sid Williams Theatre Society and the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce, as well as Chairman of the Comox Valley Destination Marketing Committee. Bill and his wife, Chris, are fortunate to have their children and grandchildren reside in the Valley as well.
Jeannine moved to Nanaimo in the1980s, and has been employed with the Provincial Government in a variety of positions, began a 'Kids 4 Kids' after-school program, which continues to run at Georgia Avenue Elementary School, and is also currently the co-chair for the Nanaimo Coalition to End Homelessness. She became a member of the Board in 2018; Jeannine has worked with the marginalized population in Nanaimo for many years and is well versed in the current homelessness challenges. She is married and enjoys walking and spending time with her two beautiful miniature dachshunds, Sadie and Annie Mae.
Ranjit worked in the financial industry for 30 years, while always being involved in the community in many ways; from coaching and playing local sports to being the past President of Cowichan Chamber of Commerce and supporting United Way. Ranjit joined the Board in 2019 and he looks forward to working with the United Way, touching the lives of those in need and knowing that sometimes a little can make a big difference. Ranjit also has many interests including hiking, gardening, golfing and community.
Heather White graduated from the University of Saskatchewan Faculty of Law in 2016 and was called to the British Columbia Bar in 2017. She volunteered on the Board of Directors of the Nanaimo Citizens Advocacy Association and is now the Vice President of the Society for Equity, Inclusion, and Advocacy: Central Vancouver Island. When not practicing law, Heather enjoys travelling, being outdoors, hiking, kayaking, archery, and learning jiu-jitsu.