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Our Current Board - 2016/2017
PRESIDENT: Cornelis (Cees - "Case") van Oosten
In his application to the NACL Board of Directors in September 2014, Cees noted that "NACL was an important part of my late son, Bart van Oosten. I want to acknowledge that by making myself available to serve on the Board." Cees is also currently on the Board of Directors for the Poplar and Willow Council of Canada. His career spanned over 40 years in the forest industry, with the last 18 years as an independent consultant involved in fast-growing hardwood plantations in BC and Washington State. As of July 2015, Cees joined the ranks of the retired. Cees was elected to serve on our Board at NACL's Annual General Meeting on September 25, 2014.
VICE PRESIDENT: Phyllis Horn
As a parent of a daughter with Down Syndrome, Phyllis has been involved with the community of persons with developmental disabilities for over 30 years. Phyllis strongly believes that every individual can be productive in the life of the community. She supports and hopes to contribute to NACL's efforts to personalize productive plans for each of the people it serves. Phyllis has served on the Board of Directors for the United Way as both Treasurer and Vice President, and as the Treasurer for Nanaimo Citizen Advocacy Association. Phyllis was elected to NACL's Board of Directors on April 29, 2008.
TREASURER: M. Lynn Rolko
Lynn is a long-time advocate for individuals with developmental disabilities, families, caregivers, and service providers. She is a Past President of the BC Association for Community Living (now inclusionBC) and Victoria Association for Community Living (now Community Living Victoria), and has served on several other boards in Victoria and the Lower Mainland, as well as the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL). Through her work with the Provincial Monitoring Group, Lynn has become well-connected with individuals, families, and caregivers throughout the province. Lynn served as a member of the Community Living Transition Steering Committee, which developed the report "A New Vision for Community Living - A Vision of Choice and Change." She was a board member of the Interim Authority for Community Living BC, and served three years on the first CLBC Board of Directors. Lynn has over 20 years' experience working in financial institutions across BC. Lynn has been married to Oskar for over 40 years. Their daughter, Nicole, who lived with a developmental disability, passed away in September 2003. Lynn and Oskar continue to be inspired by Nicole's courageous spirit. Lynn was elected to NACL's Board of Directors at the meeting of February 23, 2015. NACL appreciates the wealth of experience she brings from the community living sector to our organization.
SECRETARY: Sandra Hamel
Sandra Hamel feels privileged to be on the NACL Board and, in following those prior, wants to continue to advocate for inclusive communities for the individuals served. She hopes her past experience in her government career, particularly in the capacity of public policy for adults with developmental disabilities, will provide value to the organization. Sandra has public, private, and non-profit managerial experience, but also brings her experience as a mother of three young children, one of whom has special needs, to the organization. Sandra believes that being involved today will create a great future for her daughter tomorrow. She has a private wealth management practice in Nanaimo, and holds a Masters in Public Administration. Sandra was elected to NACL’s Board of Directors on November 24, 2015.
DIRECTOR: Julie Stevens
Julie is a mother of four – two of whom have special needs, and one of whom attends NACL's Actions Day Program. Along with her children, Julie also supports her husband who has had two strokes as well. She is also a grandmother of four. Julie strongly believes in helping people see the ability – not the disability – in everyone. She has learned and gained so much by having had the pleasure of being involved in many special people's lives. Julie is experienced as a Community Support Worker, Home Support Worker, Long-Term Care Worker, and in private care. She is the founder and President of the Santa Club, who along with support from the community provides Christmas dinner and gifts through an annual social event for persons with special needs. Julie also owns and operates Maple Lane Café and Catering in Chemainus, which also serves as a therapeutic environment for people with special needs, supporting those who may otherwise find it difficult to integrate into society on their own. She is a Board member of both the Business Improvement Association (BIA) and the Chemainus and District Chamber of Commerce. She also helped the Ontario Red Cross obtain food donations from large corporations to help fill their community food bank. Julie has also taught cooking classes for people with special needs through Nanaimo Parks and Rec, and has done a lot of special event planning. She is also the former owner of two local businesses. While working for Newfoundland to Nanaimo, she was nominated for a Sterling Award for customer service. Julie was also a Sterling Award nominee/finalist in 2015 for Best Customer Service and Food Service Business of the Year. Julie was elected to the NACL Board of Directors at our Annual General Meeting on June 25, 2009.
DIRECTOR: Paul Best
Paul Best retired in 2008 as the Coordinator of the Community Support Worker (CSW) Program and professor at Vancouver Island University (formerly Malaspina University-College). He has previously been involved with BCACL (now inclusionBC), and has played an active role in fundraising with the United Way in Victoria and as the Executive Director of Victoria Association for Community Living (now Community Living Victoria). Paul served on the Board of the Pandora Arts Collective Society from 2008-2010 and currently sits on the Progressive Recovery Group as a volunteer. Both of these organizations are peer support groups in the mental health field. Paul was also a founder of SWAN (Start With Art Nanaimo) in 2006. In January 2004, Paul joined NACL's Board of Directors, completing his term in June 2010. During that time, Paul served as NACL's Vice President from 2005 to 2007, and President from 2007 to 2009. Paul and his wife Barb support and advocate for their adult granddaughter, who attends a day program in Victoria. Paul believes he can contribute during these times of profound change, and his depth of knowledge on Community Living issues make Paul a much-appreciated member. He was re-elected to NACL's Board of Directors as of January 23, 2012.
DIRECTOR: Daniel (Dan) Johnston
Daniel (Dan) Johnston was elected to the NACL Board of Directors at their meeting held on April 27, 2015. Dan's daughter currently attends our Actions Day Program. Along with his wife Trish, Dan is very involved with the COCO Cafe, a social enterprise they co-created with three other families in Cedar with the objective of providing employment and social integration opportunities for persons with developmental disabilities within their community. Dan is a lawyer with over 30 years of experience. While Dan's initial practice focused on corporate/commercial matters, it has evolved over the years. Dan now practices primarily as a mediator, dealing with a wide range of environmental, corporate/commercial, public policy, and labour issues across Canada, with a specialty in large, multi-party conflicts. With Dan's extensive legal background and social enterprise experience, we have been extremely pleased to have him on our Board.
DIRECTOR: Timothy (Tim) Tessier
Tim Tessier is a business professional with excellent communication skills, good judgment, and is a critical thinker. Tim has trained and consulted with corporations across Canada. Most recently, Tim was a candidate in the 2015 federal election for Nanaimo/Ladysmith. Tim spoke at the NACL public forum last year, and was sincerely touched by the people, both staff and persons served, who attended the event. Following that, he felt a need to get involved with NACL. Tim is currently a licensed realtor, and with his wife Nattalle has three adult children, two grandchildren – and in their spare time, they have renovated 27 residential properties. Tim’s background includes years of coaching youth sports and representing community interests. Honoured to join the NACL Board, Tim is passionate about Nanaimo and is committed to using his experiences to help NACL achieve the goals and objectives of helping those with different abilities. Tim was elected to NACL’s Board of Directors on September 25, 2014.