It takes special people to make such a great organization.
DWC board members have all volunteered abroad to transforms lives – they have seen the difference it can make and they generously give their time and energy so that others can have that same travel experience. We want you to meet the Developing World Connections board of directors
They are committed to our principles and mission to connect people and resources through international community development. It’s what our organization was founded on and what we will always work to achieve.
LISA LAKE – Chair / Secretary
Lisa joined the Developing World Connections board of directors in 2011. She is an education adviser at the School of Business and Economics at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops. An avid traveller, Lisa first volunteered with DWC in Sri Lanka to rebuild a village destroyed by the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami. Lisa has three children and describes herself as a political junkie. That seems unavoidable as her husband is a Member of the Legislative Assembly for the provincial government.
DAN MILLER – Past Chair/Director
Dan’s international experience began in Rotary, of which he has been a member in various locations throughout British Columbia since 1990. Formerly a senior operations manager with the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, Dan now runs his own business providing mediation and arbitration services in Kamloops. He also serves on the board of the B.C. Arbitration and Mediation Institute.
KYM BEHRNS – Past Chair/Director
Kym has been a member of DWC’s board since 2004 and a Rotarian since 1991, serving as a past-president of the Kamloops Daybreak Rotary Club. Through his work with Rotary, he has been involved in international projects around the world, including Daybreak’s discovery mission to Guatemala. He has also served on Rotary district committees for youth exchange and led an international group study exchange. After years as a senior manager with the British Columbia Lottery Corporation, Kym recently semi-retired and is looking forward to new adventures.
BONNIE FLANAGAN – Director
Bonnie has been actively involved in the community through her work with several societies dealing with disabilities as well as being treasurer of the local Toastmasters club. Bonnie recently retired with husband Neville from owning and operating six Subway restaurants in the Kamloops area. Through this position, and her previous work in bookkeeping, Bonnie has many skills to offer DWC. In addition, she is an outdoor enthusiast who has run a marathon, volunteers with the B.C. Summer Games and has trekked across England, Spain, Tuscany and B.C.
NEVILLE FLANAGAN – Director
Before retiring, Neville was a successful businessman who opened and operated six Subway restaurants in the Kamloops area with his wife, Bonnie. Before that, he spent 12 years of teaching and co-ordinating the recreation management program at the University College of the Cariboo. He has served several terms on the executive of the Kamloops Daybreak Rotary Club, including a term as president. With Rotary, he volunteered in India at a cataract camp and gave polio drops to children, and in Tanzania he helped renovate a market and build a kitchen for a local school.
Hagan has more than 20 years’ experience creating advertising campaigns for clients from Toronto to San Francisco to Vancouver. While he has dealt with such corporate giants as Cathay Pacific and Rogers, he has also been an integral part of DWC’s branding and marketing. After getting his hands dirty and his heart warmed with Developing World Connections, he couldn’t help but lend his expertise to the organization’s marketing and join the board.
Janet has spent more than 40 years in the business and philanthropic sectors, including a long career with Xerox Canada, where her last job was vice-president of marketing. She has also been executive director of the Canadian Tire Foundation. When the tsunami struck in 2004, Janet travelled to Sri Lanka and, after seeing the devastation first hand, returned to Canada determined to find resources and volunteers to help. In partnership with DWC, her group, TRIP Canada, was launched in June 2005. TRIP Canada leads volunteer trips to Tangalle, Sri Lanka, every year to complete numerous building projects. TRIP Canada has raised more than $900,000 and initiated programs for elementary and post-secondary education.
After years of volunteering internationally with the Rotary Club of Kamloops Daybreak and seeing the immense benefits of these experiences, Wayne, along with many current board members, established Developing World Connections in 2004. Wayne led the first teams of DWC volunteers to Sri Lanka to rebuild homes destroyed by the Boxing Day tsunami. Over the next 10 years, Wayne established numerous in-country relationships and led volunteer teams to more than 15 countries. After retiring as president in 2014, Wayne became a board member. He is happy to continue working with the directors who helped create an organization that has truly made a great difference in the world.
Determined to leave the world better than she found it, Terry-Lynn follows her beloved Mother-in-law’s mantra, Each day has a morning, an afternoon and an evening; make sure you use them all! Terry-Lynn is always busy volunteering at something—be it DWC, the ethics committee or her biggest passion: Days for Girls.
Terry-Lynn has been married for more than 45 years to the long-suffering Jack who supports her is all her many projects. They have four daughters and eight grandchildren.
In her spare time Terry-Lynn wrote My Grandma is Magic—a book endorsed by the Stephen Lewis Foundation who receives all the proceeds from the sale of the book.
Jenifer has been a supporter of DWC for many years, participating in local fundraising events as well as DWC trips. An avid hiker, Jenifer successfully climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro as part of the Kilimanjaro Challenge 2016 and completed the Inca Trail as part of the Macchu Picchu Callenge 2018. She has also travelled to Guatemala as part of one of DWC’s “Light up Guatemala” teams. Jenifer loves to travel and believes that humanitarian work are essential components of a full and rewarding life and believes that DWC provides the opportunity to combine those passions for the benefit of the World Community. Jenifer is self-employed as a lawyer and mediator. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, snowboarding and spending time with the many children in her life.
Mark Hyslop was born and raised in Alberta. In 1971 he graduated from the University of Alberta with a bachelor’s degree in Science and received his medical degree in 1977 from the University of Calgary. Following internships in Calgary and residencies in London Ontario, Dr. Hyslop practiced as a full time emergency physician for 25 years in London Ontario, Calgary, and Victoria, British Columbia. He was involved in administration, quality assurance programs and teaching of medical students, interns and residents. Following retirement from medicine in 2004, Mark enrolled in the Masters of Arts program at Royal Roads University, Victoria, graduating with an MA in Conflict Analysis and Management in 2009. He and his wife traveled and worked in Haiti, West Africa and Nepal. Currently Dr. Hyslop is the Director of Operations of Arbutus Work Solutions, an enterprise that assists people in recovery from substance use disorders as they return to work.
Mark is married to Dr. Margaret Vickers, a retired addictions psychotherapist and is an indigenous elder at Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops British Columbia. Dr. Hyslop is the father of four and he and Margaret are proud grandparents, and aunt and uncle to many. Mark is active in sports including coaching swimming, and gets much satisfaction from music, volunteering, and traveling.
Lisa believes in fostering and building strong relationships with all stakeholders and partners she works and volunteers with. She volunteers in her community on multiple boards and committees, as well as her provincial professional association. She appreciates traveling abroad to do philanthropic work and was in Rwanda with Developing World Connections.
Lisa’s background includes working and consulting as a senior HR leader and facilitating the development of highly engaged teams in a collaborative and positive workplace culture.