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

Tania Walter Gardiner

Program Coach

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:

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.

Laraine Ashpole

Member-at-Large

Laraine Ashpole

Member-at-Large

Laraine Ashpole has been a Nanaimo resident for over 20 years. She is looking forward to making Courtenay her home in the coming year.
Laraine has a diverse background that includes working in public service, private business and non-profit organizations. She has an undergraduate degree in psychology and a Master of Arts in Leadership & Training from Royal Roads University. Laraine has completed certification in Mediation and Negotiation at the Justice Institute of BC. She currently works as an Employers’ Adviser with the Ministry of Labour and Qualified Civil Mediator with the ADR Institute of Canada/BC and MediateBC.
During her public service career Laraine has experienced many leadership roles including Program Coordinator, District Supervisor for BC Income Assistance, and Acting Executive Director & Acting Regional Manager for the Employers’ Advisers Office. She participated in executive coaching and has been a mentor and coach to aspiring leaders. She has a passion for supporting businesses and organizations to create cultures that promote professional & personal development and enrich our communities.
Laraine was the Program Coordinator and a Coach with Leadership BC – Ladysmith from 2007-2010. When the programs joined to create Leadership Vancouver Island, she took on the roles of Coaches Coach and Curriculum Committee member until 2012. She is very excited to return to Leadership Vancouver Island as a volunteer Board Member.

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

Anita Sundberg

Member-at-Large

Anita Sundberg

Member-at-Large

Originally from Powell River, Anita Sundberg has called Nanaimo home for 30 years.  She moved to Nanaimo to attend Malaspina College (now VIU) and graduated with a Commercial Accounting Certificate. Hired by the City of Nanaimo in May 1991, Anita worked in the Finance Department for over 26 years.  She held a temporary position with the Legislative Services Department as Acting FOI and Records Supervisor, and recently accepted a new role as Project Budget Accounting Clerk with the Engineering and Public Works Department.

Much of Anita’s down time is spent with her family or volunteering with such organizations as the Nanaimo Judo Club, Badminton Nanaimo and the Wave Babes.  The Wave Babes raise funds for the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation and were recently recognized on their River of Life Donor Wall as Philanthropists, where their contributions have exceeded $150,000 over the past ten years!

Anita has one son, Braxton, and four step-daughters.  Anita and her partner, Rodney, have hosted international students with School District 68 since 2008, being home stay parents for 16 children over the years.  In her spare time, Anita enjoys walking, running and coffee with “the ladies” and with Rod enjoys hiking, kayaking, camping and travelling.

Anita graduated from the LVI Program in June 2018 and was appointed to the LVI Board in December 2018.

Jesse Kemp

Member-at-Large

Jesse Kemp

Member-at-Large

Jesse Kemp has travelled the world educating diverse groups of people: new professors, experienced teachers, corporate trainers, as well as inmates and the homeless. Now living in Nanaimo, he works as a Career and Work Integrated Learning Coordinator at Vancouver Island University.
When facilitating, Jesse’s specialty is active engagement; he fights for the participant’s attention in all of his sessions. He helps people develop their performance, all with one goal: IMPROVE. We all have the capacity to learn and get better, and Jesse likes to help people do it!
Jesse was referred to the LVI Program by David Gouthro and has facilitated sessions on team-building and goal-setting. Jesse was appointed to LVI’s Board in December 2018 and will lend his knowledge to the program curriculum.

Anne-Marie Koeppen

Volunteer Relations

Anne-Marie Koeppen

Volunteer Relations

Anne-Marie Koeppen is a lifelong volunteer and believes you have to be a volunteer to know a volunteer. Anne-Marie co-facilitates the Networking for Non-Profits group in Cowichan and feels fortunate to engage colleagues and mentors, calling on their voices of experience.
Born and raised in a large city, Anne-Marie moved into a rural farming community with her family, until relocating to her home on Thetis Island. She believes in the importance of family, place, and community.
Valued past experience includes: Graduate and Advisory for the MacEwan University Volunteer Management Program; Board Member with Volunteer Alberta and VMGroup of Edmonton. Anne-Marie also values her board membership with Volunteer BC, as an AVRBC regional rep, and National certification with CAVR. Anne-Marie was honored to receive the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and Caring Canadian awards for volunteer contributions to her communities.
Part of Anne-Marie’s lifelong learning includes the LVI program (alum of 2012-2013) and past board membership (serving as Secretary). She has recently stepped up to share her vast knowledge and assist with LVI Volunteer Relations.

Carrie White

Program Coordinator

Carrie White

Program Coordinator

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.

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