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Board

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Dot Neary 
President

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Jeannine Bousquet
Vice-President

 

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Travis Bryson
Treasurer

 

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Heather White 
Secretary

 

Directors

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Bonnie Bergeron

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Andrea Craddock

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John Little

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Bill Anglin

 

Deborah Hopper

Ben Olsson

Stephen Gale

 

Bios

Dot Neary

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 United Way British Columbia – working with communities in BC’s Interior, Lower Mainland and Central & Northern Vancouver Island (UWBC) 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. 

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 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 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 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 Craddock

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 Little

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 UWBC grant recipients as “miracle workers” and he wants to see his nine grandchildren and great-grandchildren living in healthy communities.

Bill Anglin

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 Bousquet

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.

Heather White

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.

Deborah Hopper

Deborah is a fourth-generation Nanaimo resident with roots in the mining and business communities-- she was raised to believe in the importance of hard work, lifelong learning, social justice and service. Ms. Hopper has a Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees from UBC and did graduate work at UVic before starting her career with VIU, then Malaspina University-College. Ms. Hopper was elected into the Executive of her union and within two years she was elected President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 1858; she was in this position until 2019.  In 2015, she accepted as a delegate in the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference (GGCLC), one of the only Conference delegates to ever receive simultaneous nominations from two distinct sectors - a labour organization (CUPE) and a public sector organization (VIU). With a strong commitment to community service, Ms. Hopper has been a dedicated volunteer since her childhood with organizations like St. John Ambulance, the Royal Canadian Legion, the United Way, and the Leadership Society of Vancouver Island.

Ben Olsson

Ben lives Campbell River with his family where he works with the community at Island Health as a Mental Health and Addictions Counsellor as well as a casual Social Worker at Campbell River Hospital.  He is a member of the BCGEU, Health Sciences Association, and Vice President of the Campbell River, Courtenay and District Labour Council. Ben has served on several boards and Labour Council Executives in BC and Saskatchewan for almost 20 years including on the Advisory Committee for the North Central Saskatchewan United Way. Ben's knowledge and experience of human services will serve the UWBC Board well and he plans to advance a perspective of anti-poverty and social justice advocacy. 

Stephen Gale