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Board of Directors


Ed Poli - Board President
Ed Poli

Ed came to Nanaimo from Ottawa in 1993 after a 25-year career in the Federal Government as a Director of various national programs. He then served as Manager of Nanaimo's Canada Employment Centre for 5 years before pursuing a consulting practice in economic development that has encompassed work in the oil and gas field, education, film and fisheries sectors. Ed has also served in the cultural sector as Manager of the Nanaimo Art Gallery and as President of the Nanaimo Blues Society and as an organizer of five Nanaimo Blues Festivals. A relatively recent member of the NLSF Board, Ed has significant past experience with nonprofit boards and currently serves on the Boards of the Community Futures Development Corporation and the Nanaimo North Rotary Club, which has twice recognized him as Rotarian of the Year.

Dan Morris - Vice President
Dan Morris

Born in Nanaimo, Dan has spent the majority of his life here and attended school at Mountain View Elementary and John Barsby Secondary. He learned about the important work of the Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation through his past involvement in Rotary and, in early 2013, he decided to join the Schools Foundation Board. Through his work as a Realtor with REMAX of Nanaimo, he has the opportunity to interact with businesses and individuals and letting people know of the needs of Nanaimo school children, and how NLSF is a much needed and integral part of many students' lives. Dan looks forward to helping the Foundation succeed in its mission. When not selling homes and helping with the Foundation, he is enjoying time with his family and raising 3 young boys.

Sylvia Wilson, Board Recorder 
Sylvia Wilson

Sylvia joined the Schools Foundation Board in 2015. She moved to Nanaimo in 1994 to raise her family and quickly discovered how diverse and inviting this community is. Her first experience volunteering for the community was as an original board member of the Neck Point Park Society, and she is proud how a small group of citizens with a clear objective can make a difference. Active with the Nanaimo Riptides Swim Team as Events Chair and Board member for 8 years, she became the Sports Chair-Swimming for the 2014 BC Summer Games. She has been involved with Nanaimo Dry Grad as a committee chair and ongoing volunteer. She is currently working as a Mortgage Specialist and loves to meet new people. She strongly believes that each encounter enriches your life and that everybody has an interesting story to tell. Her motto in life is 'Give a little, gain a lot'.

Paul Bains, Treasurer



John Blain

Curt Duddy

Deb Marshall

Greg Phillips

Dot Neary
Dot Neary

Dot is a District of Lantzville Council Member. For six years she was a Trustee on the Nanaimo-Ladysmith Board of Education where she served as Board Chair and Chair of many Standing Committees. For 16 years she provided leadership on Parent Advisory Councils at her two sons’ schools and the District PAC. She also served on the BC Trustees Association Legislative Committee, the City of Nanaimo Social Planning and Advisory Committee, and she volunteered with the United Way and 2014 BC Summer Games. Born and raised in the UK, Dot has lived in Canada for 25 years. In the UK she enjoyed a career in training supervision and administration; in Canada she was a small business owner-operator for 9 years and worked in the retail sector prior to being elected to the School District 68 Board of Education. Dot is passionate about improving the learning and life chances of students.

 Steve Rae

Kim Strynadka
Kim Strynadka

A leader in the mortgage industry for 18 years, Kim has as big of a passion for giving back to her community as she does helping people find money to buy real estate. She especially likes helping teens and young adults learn about money and credit. Knowing that education is a key ingredient to our children’s success, she created an award in honour of her late mother and joined the Board of NLSF. She also donates her time, money and talent to students and youth groups, mentoring kids with her no-nonsense money and credit workshops. In her spare time she likes to play monopoly with Nanaimo real estate and to do stand-up comedy.

Pat Cox
Dale Burgos, Ex-Officio Director

Bill Robinson, Ex-Officio Director
Bill Robinson

Bill is serving his third term as a School District 68 Trustee and has been a liaison with NLSF since 2013. His extensive knowledge and experience in public relations, marketing and board relations are valuable assets to the Schools Foundation. He has served on multiple boards including the BC Association for Community Education, Volunteer Nanaimo, Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Vancouver Island, Tourism Nanaimo, and Rotary Club of Nanaimo North. Bill's involvements in the media, through various radio and television projects and print publications as a feature columnist, have raised funds and promoted public awareness for many community-based initiatives such as Toronto's Robinson Connection radio show, Kin Cystic Fibrosis Radiothon, Our Hidden Heroes education program, and Sihlengeni School Project in Zimbabwe. He self-published a book Our Hidden Heroes: Life Lessons from the Everyday Folks Who Lived Them .

Past Board Members 

George Anderson; Sharon Althouse; Carol Baird-Krul; Jamie Brennan, ex-officio; Meryl Chahley; Ron Dale; Joan Ethier; Dave Hammond; Steve Hancock; Rob Hutchins; Harold Kamikawaji; Dave Lobay; Signy Madden; Noreen Martin; Jim McIvor; Gord McNaughton; Pattie Mitchell; Dawn Morrow; Susan Muirhead; Trevor Muise; Duck Patterson; Roger Prior; Sharon Richmond; Terry-Lynn Saunders; Greg Scott; Omar Sirri; Kathy Smith; Ron Dale; Karen Stant; Sharon Richmond; Sharon Welch; Gill Campbell; Jim Cram; Fred Kolobdubsky; Patrick Ross; Cara Light

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