LVI Board & Coaching Team

The team behind Leadership Vancouver Island is made up of dedicated community leaders and change makers who are passionate about leadership and the vital impacts it has on Island communities.

As an entirely volunteer organization, these Coaches and Board Members combine their wealth of knowledge, expertise and personal networks to support LVI’s mission of inspiring and generating capacity for outstanding leadership, learning and service on Vancouver Island.

Curriculum and Coaching Team:

Randel L. Wright, EPC, CEPC, ACC

Curriculum Chair and Program Coach

Randel L. Wright, EPC, CEPC, ACC

Curriculum Chair and Program Coach

Randel is about increasing communication. He has worked in business for over 30 years both as manager and owner. In the past five years he has focused on Coaching, as well as running a medium sized underwater commercial construction company.

Randel has a small coaching practice that focuses on the clients’ needs; whether that is creating clarity around what they desire in life, what is important and why it is important. After creating clarity, clients can easily move toward the desirable feelings and situations they would like to have in their life. Randel has developed great communication skills through education and experience as a relationship coach. Whether your relationship is with your spouse, your boss, your employees, your kids or yourself, better communication is the key.

Randel has a Bachelor of Arts in business, is certified as a Solution Focused Coach, Family Coach, and NLP Practitioner through Erickson College International.

www.imaginefocus.net

Florie Varga

Program Coach and Curriculum Committee

Florie Varga

Program Coach and Curriculum Committee

Florie Varga is a business consultant and coach who joined the Leadership Vancouver Island team in 2017. Coach Florie applies an outcome based focus to support her clients in their inspired breakthrough to clarity, courage and commitment in business, life and family. In addition to program coaching duties, Florie also serves on LVI’s Curriculum Committee.

Florie is married and has two really cool daughters who keep her hopping in all things. She loves traveling, camping, yoga and is an avid life long learning. She has a keen interest in personal development and fostering how we can thrive in connection with each other.

Tania Walter Gardiner

Program Coach and Curriculum Committee

Tania Walter Gardiner

Program Coach and Curriculum Committee

Tania is a certified professional coach with a specialty in values and solutions focused coaching. She has a passion for leadership, coaching, learning and contribution to community. Tania has volunteered with LVI for 6 years, facilitating team building, coaching participants, Coaches Coach, Curriculum Committee and President of the LVI Board.

She has a coaching practice working in partnership with entrepreneurial business leaders who are seeking a clear path forward, want to learn strategies to achieve their goals and create a focused plan so that you can life your definition of success in business and life. We get clear on your vision and the results you want to create, why it matters and design a purposeful action plan to achieve it. You begin to control the demands on your time, gain increased confidence and create a balanced fulfilled life.

Tania also is an enrollment adviser and facilitator with Erickson Coaching International, providing coaching training. In addition to her professional coach training, Tania has a Masters in Leadership and Bachelors in Recreation Management with a minor in psychology and is a Master Neuro-linguistic Practitioner.

Sheila Leclerc

Coaches Coach

Sheila Leclerc

Coaches Coach

Sheila is a Certified Professional Life Coach, having completed her training in Vancouver in 2011. Sheila works with high-functioning individuals to gain clarity and balance in order to achieve greatness and joy in their lives. She is committed to supporting others to achieve the goals that are truly important to them.

Sheila has a diverse educational background that includes a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management as well as a certificate in Adventure Tourism. In addition to her work as a coach, Sheila works as a Sales and Marketing Manager in the hospitality industry. She keeps busy at as a parent of a one year old daughter, Arlyn and their dog, Boomer.

Maarten van Wamel

Curriculum Committee

Maarten van Wamel

Curriculum Committee

Maarten van Wamel is a Leadership and Organizational Developer who helps organizations, individuals and communities to be successful at creating future added value. He has worked with First Nations, not-for-profits and various levels of government, from small businesses up to multi-nationals.

Maarten supports leaders in generating circumstances that allow our constantly changing and increasingly culturally diverse communities, businesses and organizations to be successful. His experience and firm belief in people’s ability to learn have allowed him to design, manage and deliver action learning leadership and personal development programs that make a difference.

Maarten works as a Consultant and Leadership Developer at Powell River based Alofi! Consultancy. Before moving to Canada, he worked with Van Harte & Lingsma, one of the leading leadership and organizational developers in The Netherlands. He is a certified Leadership Trainer, Core Qualities Trainer and Dynamic Balanced Leadership Scorecard facilitator.

Board Members:

Mark Marcil

Past President

Mark Marcil

Past President

Mark Marcil was raised in Nanaimo/Ladysmith, and attended Malaspina College, graduating with Bachelor of Arts degree. Mark has over a decade of Credit Union experience in various roles, and received a Fellow of the Credit Union Institute through Dalhousie in 2007.

Mark completed the Leadership Ladysmith program in 2008 and also completed the Community Leadership Program at Vancouver Island University the following year. In 2014, Mark was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Leadership Society of Vancouver Island, and is currently Acting President.

Community economic development is important to Mark, and he became a Director for Community Futures Cowichan in 2011. Mark has also served as Chair for CF Cowichan’s Finance and Audit Committee, as well as being appointed to their Executive Committee. In 2016, Mark was appointed Vice Chair of the Community Futures Cowichan Board and also volunteer of the Year.

Given his background in Risk Management, Mark was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Vancouver Island Chapter of the Risk Management Association, and is currently their Vice President.

Mark received his Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation in 2011 and currently is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) in good standing. Mark is employed with Canadian Western Bank as their Senior Manager – Commercial Banking, and leads the commercial lending team from the Nanaimo branch, focusing on mid-market real estate on Vancouver Island.

Mark received the 2014 Canadian Western Bank Award of Excellence, and was again nominated in 2015. He was also a Finalist for the Top 20 under 40 Business and Community Achievement Awards in both 2015 and 2016.

Mark currently resides in beautiful Saltair with his wife Tawni and their amazing Labrador retrievers. In his spare time Mark enjoys spending time with family and travelling to new spots on Vancouver Island.

Russ Burke

Board President and Recruitment & Sponsorship Chair

Russ Burke

Board President and Recruitment & Sponsorship Chair

Russ Burke is a recently retired career banker. Most recently he served as Assistant Vice President and Manager of Canadian Western Bank in Nanaimo, a post he has held for fifteen years.Mr. Burke is also Past President of the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce, where he served as a member of the executive for six years. During that time, the Chamber was recognized as the “2003 B.C. Chamber of the Year”, was a top three finalist in the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Competition for 2004 in Calgary and received honorable mention at the 2005 World Chamber of Commerce annual meeting in Durban, South Africa. Under his leadership the Chamber completed a new $600,000 chamber office building construction program & related fund raising campaign. Other activities included cultural and business exchange visits to the Maples region of Quebec. Mr. Burke was honoured as Business Leader of the Year in 2011 by the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce at the annual Sterling Awards and in January 2015 was granted an honorary Lifetime Membership in the Chamber.

Mr. Burke is Past Chair of the Nanaimo Airport Commission which recently completed a $25 million expansion and reliability improvement project. Mr. Burke was also the Chair of the Friends of Malaspina committee, which was a successful initiative to have Malaspina University Collage upgraded to full university status. It is now known as Vancouver Island University. He was a founding member of the Invest In Yes-New Nanaimo Conference Center committee, which was successful in obtaining voter approval for the $70 million project. Russ is a past president of the Nanaimo Executive Association and served as a councilor with Trinity Catholic Church.

Mr. Burke was a founding member of Leadership B.C Nanaimo now known as Leadership Vancouver Island. This is a community driven, 8 month leadership training course which has graduated more than 250 candidates over the past 10 years. It is recognized by Vancouver Island University as an elective course towards a degree program or as credit for the Certificate in Community Leadership diploma.

Russ is a past director of Vancouver Island Economic Alliance, who’s objectives are to promote a sustainable and diversified economy, regional leadership, strong communities and First Nations development.

Mr. Burke served 9 years as an Honorary Colonel of the 39 Signal Regiment, Canadian Armed Forces and has conducted a goodwill tour of CFB Camp Julien, Kabul, Afghanistan.

Russ is married with three children, all of which are graduates of Vancouver Island University. He is an avid golfer, photographer, fisherman & enjoys mountain biking.

Brenda Krastel

Board Vice-President

Brenda Krastel

Board Vice-President

Brenda has worked for the City of Nanaimo for the last 25 years in various roles that put her organizational and coordination skills to good use.  Relationship building is her priority when fostering a cooperative and productive work environment.

Giving back to the community is important to Brenda.   She is very active in her church, and has served on the Boards of the Autism Society of BC (Nanaimo Branch) and the Little Ferns Early Learning Centre.

As an LVI alumnus (2015-2016) Brenda found a new opportunity to serve and is happy to be a board member. She looks forward to working with a group of dedicated people to keep a great program going and will strive to make it better year after year.

Andrew Crosby

Treasurer

Andrew Crosby

Treasurer

Andrew Crosby is an Assistant Branch Manager with Coastal Community Credit Union.  He has more than 15 years of experience in the service industry, over 10 of those in the financial sector, helping people make sound decisions in all aspects of their personal finances.

Andrew understands firsthand the tremendous value of the LVI program as a past graduate of the program and continues to participate in leadership development opportunities to enhance himself both professionally and personally.  He enjoys giving back to the community through his church, as a board member with Leadership Vancouver Island, and throughout the year by participating in numerous community events. In the past he has also been involved in coaching youth sports alongside his wife Jennifer – something that they look forward to doing again with their own three children.

Joanne Deson

Secretary

Joanne Deson

Secretary

Joanne Deson has been an Insurance Professional for over 35 years. Beginning as a frontline customer service representative, then Personal Lines Manager, Underwriting Manager, and Sales & Operations Manager, Joanne is now Senior Manager, Insurance Operations with Coastal Community Credit Union. Joanne also sits on the Board for Applied Client Network BC.

Joanne is responsible for the development of the policy and procedures for CCCU’s Insurance division, for the development and monitoring of the agency procedural audit and compliance program. She provides leadership to ensure that operational goals, strategies, decisions and actions align with the corporate vision and strategic framework.

In addition to her job responsibilities and continuous learning, Joanne has mentored numerous employees along the way.  She is a believer in sharing knowledge, and is happy to share what she has learned over the years with others.

When Joanne is not working, she likes playing with her two dogs, making jam or pickles or “one of a hundred other things she makes”, or in her sewing room, creating yet another masterpiece!

Joanne completed the LVI program in 2015-2016.

Dirk Heydemann

Marketing Director

Dirk Heydemann

Marketing Director

Dirk is a professional image consultant who assists his fabulous clients with their marketing and promotional needs through digital imagery. Dirk of HA Photography has successfully organized and executed photo shoots for large national corporations, non-profits, and local small businesses. Dirk’s images have been published locally, nationally and internationally in magazines, annual reports, books and billboards as far away as China.

When Dirk is not photographing or assisting as a board member, he can be found being with his family. Dirk and his wife Ronei have vibrant and charming daughter Kaita who continues to be an inspiration to them both. They enjoy long road trips, exploring the world, sleeping in and laughing. Dirk loves playing music and jamming with friends and playing Ultimate Frisbee.

Dirk has continually given back to the community over his 25 years of shooting professionally. He has donated his expertise and professionalism to The Vancouver Island Symphony. The Child Development Centre and Run for the Cure and the BC Summer Games, just to name a few. Dirk was a participant of the Leadership Vancouver Island curriculum 2016 -17, an invaluable experience that has been beneficial to his personal and family life as well has his business. Dirk believes leadership plays an important roll in advancing one’s own personal goals and making our community a more vibrant and inclusive community for all. It was a natural progression for Dirk to join the board of Leadership Vancouver Island. He is excited about the opportunities LVI has to play a more prominent roll in our community

Caleb McIntyre

Marketing & Communications Committee

Caleb McIntyre

Marketing & Communications Committee

While living life to the fullest with an unquenchable passion for people, his community, and the natural environment, Caleb loves to help others bring great ideas to fruition. He gets excited about building relationships, solving problems, and inspiring his fellow community members to leadership through thoughtful conversation, adventure recreation, and music.

As a multitalented professional with strong roots on Vancouver Island and a diverse background in marketing, community relations and adventure recreation, Caleb believes that authenticity is key in all aspects of business, especially when it comes to building relationships. Backed by a diverse network of fellow creators, thinkers and innovators, Caleb works directly with founders and owners to help develop resounding branding and tailored marketing and communications solutions for a wide variety of industries in all stages of a business’s lifecycle.

Outside of business, Caleb can often be found riding bikes down mountains, running wild in the woods, or playing guitar ’till two in the morning. He loves healthy local food, strong coffee, intelligent conversation and all of the wild adventures that the beautiful West Coast has to offer. If you’d like to spend some time with Caleb to enjoy any one of these, feel free to track him down through LinkedIn or email.

John Surtees

Alumni Chair

John Surtees

Alumni Chair

John Surtees is a lifelong learner who has experienced meaningful personal development and business benefits from his participation in the Leadership BC Ladysmith 2007/2008program.

Within the first year of launching his real estate business John committed to participate in the Leadership BC Ladysmith program, now known as Leadership Vancouver Island (LVI), and in 2016 celebrated 10 successful years as a Real Estate Professional with RE/MAX.   As a certified REALTOR® actively assisting clients in the communities of Ladysmith, Chemainus, Saltair, Yellow Point, Lantzville and Nanaimo, he takes pride in his work ethic, knowledge and skills, and continually builds on them to keep sharp.  John’s goal is for clients to enjoy success in their real estate matters and to then share those positive experiences of working with him.

As a small business owner, John is also an active member of his community. He channels his passion for entrepreneurship into volunteering, event participation, and business networking with a goal of supporting community organizations and local businesses.  John assisted Leadership BC Ladysmith at the board level and in 2010 he completed courses at Vancouver Island University (VIU) to receive a Certificate in Community Leadership.  Within a year of graduating from the Leadership Program he became president of the Ladysmith Downtown Business Association (LDBA), a role he chaired for four years. He currently assists the LDBA on the event and marketing committees, as well as being actively involved in the community volunteering with a variety of other service organizations.

John is married with a daughter and is excited about the arrival of another child in November 2016. He enjoys kitchen dancing with his family, board sports (snow/skate/surf), practicing yoga, running through nature trails, and has recently completed running the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon.

He is honored to be working alongside the LVI Board of Directors, building community and leadership development while practicing extraordinary learning, leadership and service.

Kait Burgan

Volunteer Relations Chair

Kait Burgan

Volunteer Relations Chair

Kait Burgan’s career in media on Vancouver Island spans nearly two-decades and three mediums. From radio news, to newspaper columns and features, and a well-established place in the heart of Island television viewers, Kait knows that none of it means anything without genuine curiosity, empathy as well as an ability and desire to get behind the headline.

“For me,” she says, “I love peeking into someone’s passion and interpreting their story for them so that others can be inspired by it.”

Recently, Kait’s career trajectory took an unexpected turn when she stepped into the newly created role of Director of Media Relations for Cristina Mittermeier, one of the world’s most influential conservation photographers. Through Cristina, Kait is also works with renowned National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen, and SeaLegacy, the NGO he and Cristina co-founded in 2014. SeaLegacy is a collective of some of the planet’s most well respected photographers, videographers and storytellers who are on a create healthy and abundant oceans.

Kait Burgan is the Host and Co-Producer of PowHER TV’s First Season, a 13-part television series for women, about women, by women, that aired on Shaw TV in British Columbia and Alberta, as well as on line and Shaw Video on Demand. She stays connected to the local community through various Emcee engagements, short feature writing for the arts community and by serving on the Leadership Vancouver Island Board of Directors.  Kait is also a 2015-2016 program Alum.

Carrie White

Program Coodinator, East Coast

Carrie White

Program Coodinator, East Coast

As Administrative Coordinator for Community Futures Cowichan, Carrie and the CF team provide Program Coordination to Leadership Vancouver Island. Throughout her career, Carrie has been honoured to work with passionate leaders who helped identify and develop her core values and unique leadership style. She is a proud graduate of the Alberta Public Service Leadership Program.

Carrie grew up on central Vancouver Island and attended Malaspina College, then pursued careers in the Okanagan, the Northwest Territories, and central Alberta before returning home and settling in the Cowichan. She’s enjoyed a variety of volunteer and paid roles with such organizations as the Alberta Public Service, BCSPCA, Boys & Girls Club, Expo 86, International Stage Lines, Neighbourhood Watch, Northwest Territories Power Corporation, and United Way.  With a career background in hospitality, marketing, and senior administration, Carrie seeks opportunities to share her skills and talents with community enriching organizations.

Carrie extends loving kindness (to herself and to others) in order to achieve harmony, connection, and capably contribute. In addition to her yoga practice, Carrie enjoys hiking and camping with her partner and their yellow Labrador, a retired tracking dog. She is passionate about companion animal welfare and supports the BCSPCA by serving on the Cowichan Community Council.

Ricardo Manmahon

Program Coordinator, West Coast

Ricardo Manmahon

Program Coordinator, West Coast

Previously a branch manager and consultant in the financial industry, Ricardo applies his Executive Coach Certification at the organizational level to create collaboration tools and deliver team facilitation of leadership development programs. Currently a facilitator for the Pacific Rim Leadership Centre, Leadership Vancouver Island, and Simon Fraser University’s Leadership for Localism course, Ricardo develops leaders from across Canada and the United States.

As a Captain in the Canadian Armed Forces, Ricardo is a company commander with The Royal Westminster Regiment, where he has developed a coaching culture that engages emerging leaders. Ricardo is scholar-practitioner in the field of leadership development, combining his leadership expertise from a diversity of circles for the professional development of emerging leaders in the military, community and corporate worlds.

Ricardo is completing his Doctor of Social Sciences degree at Royal Roads University, focusing on how traditional leadership is expressed in the contemporary world.

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