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.
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.
MARCIA JULIAN – Chair
Through Marcia’s work as a social worker and manager with the B.C. Social Services, she has experience working with children and families. Much of this work has involved adults and children with special needs. Her love of humanitarian work has grown from these career experiences. Her passion for DWC’s work has taken her to many developing countries, including Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Peru, India, Guatemala and Kenya. Marcia has also been a board member of the national YWCA of Canada as well as several other organizations.
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.
RICHARD SREPEL – Director
Richard has been a member of the Kamloops Daybreak Rotary Club since 2001. He participated in a Rotary International project setting up a clean water system for a new school and village in Guatemala. Richard has led DWC volunteer teams to Rwanda, Haiti, Guatemala and Peru. In Kamloops, Richard runs his own business, Specialty Electronics, specializing in satellite communications, computers and custom installation work. His previous employment experience was with the Canadian and Quebec governments working in the Canadian Arctic.
LISA LAKE – 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.
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.
Rajinder was born and raised in India and moved to Canada in 1984. A proud mother of two grown boys, she spent 16 years in the banking world as senior financial advisor, mortgage specialist and area manager. She now works as an independent mortgage broker. She is passionate about helping people, especially women, and making difference in their futures. Now at a point in her life where she has more flexibility and fewer family commitments, Rajinder aspires to get more involved in her love of travelling the world with purpose and having an impact on other people’s lives. She’s also dedicated to fitness and health, loves outdoor activities like hiking and biking, and has done competitive body building.