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Board of Directors 2017-2018

Janeane Coutu

Board Chair

Born and raised in Nanaimo, Janeane has been very active in the community. From Woodlands Secondary School PAC Treasurer for 7 yrs, serving on the Nanaimo Executive Association board as a Director, to helping with many community projects since joining Rotary Club of Nanaimo in 1992. Janeane has served as a volunteer on the board of Nanaimo Travellers Lodge Society for over seven years, helping to spearhead the growth, and the Eden Philosophy of Care. Janeane enjoys gardening, reading and travel.

Ken Flannagan

Vice Chair

Ken was born in Burnaby and raised throughout BC with a home base in Esquimalt where he attended school. Working for BC Hydro for 30 years in Human Resources, throughout BC, he has lived in Nanaimo for over 25 years now and has contributed a great wealth of knowledge as a volunteer to our board. Ken is thrilled with the progression of Eden Gardens, and is looking forward to further growth with the Eden Philosophy of Care. Ken enjoys spending time with his many grandchildren (9), and walking along the sea wall in Nanaimo.

Mike Herold

Past Chair

Born in Victoria, Mike is a Vancouver Island native. With a large array of community based experience, he has been an advisory board member to the Nanaimo Foundation, and the Young Professionals of Nanaimo. Mike has been on several local boards, and joined our board as a volunteer in 2010. An engineer by trade, Mike has worked on many community projects, and enjoys playing guitar, old cars, and travel. His best days are spent with his grandchildren (6).

Sheila Anderson

Sheila hails from Scotland, and received her Civil and Common Law degrees in 1980. Sheila joined our board as a volunteer in 1987 and has served on a variety of committees. Still very active within the community, Sheila has recently made the move to Nanaimo, previously residing in Vancouver and commuting back and forth. Very active with the Port Theatre Society, Nanaimo Theatre Group and City of Nanaimo Planning Committee, she has had an impact on Nanaimo for a long while now. Her special times are spent with her family and her granddaughter, and travel and photography a close second.

Dave Connolly

A true BC native, Dave has been a Nanaimo Rotary member since 1984. His background as an owner/operator in the Glass business has helped immensely in his contributions to both the community and as a volunteer on our board. Dave is wholeheartedly behind our Eden Philosophy of Care, and has been a big contributor to making Eden Gardens a reality. Dave enjoys reading non-fiction books, and especially spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Lee Venables

A Manitoba start, with some international destinations in between, Lee has lived in Nanaimo now for over 36 years and joined our board as a volunteer in 2012. Lee's background as a teacher, and a principal has helped Eden Gardens to connect with some of the local schools. Lee is very hard to keep up with as he blazes and builds Mountain Bike trails throughout Nanaimo. Always with a quick wit, Lee is enjoying time with his twins as they travel and camp at some incredible destinations.

Robert Grose

From Toronto to Nanaimo, Robert has been involved everywhere he goes. Having experience with community fundraising through the Vancouver Island Symphony, and the Port Theatre, Robert has been indispensable as a fundraiser for Eden Gardens, and has been a volunteer on the board since 2010. Always willing to lend a hand, Robert has pulled together support from many areas in the community, often as the organizer of special functions. With a background in investment planning, he has helped generate funds from community partners, and is always willing to speak on behalf of Eden Gardens. Robert enjoys spending time travelling and with his family and grandchildren.

Denise Wittkofski

Hailing from Pittsburgh, PA, Denise started with Nanaimo Travellers Lodge Society as a volunteer, helping with events, communication and fund development functions. Denise joined the board as a volunteer in 2017, and continues to help raise funds and champion the Eden Philosophy of Care. Now a full-time resident of Nanaimo, she has joined Rotary, and continues to give to the community. Her love of travel and reading fills her life with new outlets for her unbridled energy.

Ginny York

Starting out in Ontario, Ginny has definitely found her home in Sidney BC. She has joined our board as a volunteer in 2017 with great experience in the health care industry, most recently as an Administrator for a Care Home in Victoria. Ginny brings a great perspective to her role on our board, and her experience with dementia, both personally and professionally, aid her in guiding us through our Eden journey.

How Board Members are Chosen

Individuals are elected to the Board. If a vacancy exists, or is anticipated, the Board will conduct a review to determine the additional skill set that is needed on the Board. Individual Board members will then contact individuals within the community who possess that skill set. Nominations are made to the Annual General Meeting of the NTLS and individuals are elected to fill the vacancy. Between Annual General Meetings, the Board may appoint volunteers to fill vacancies when necessary.

Eden Gardens
1917 Northfield Road, Nanaimo, BC V9S 3B6
Eden Gardens
(250) 758-4676