United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island
President Dot Neary
Vice President Micki McCartney
Secretary Jim Brown
Treasurer Travis Bryson
Executive Director Biography
Signy is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) with over twenty-seven years' of experience managing non-profit agencies and running successful communications and fundraising campaigns. Prior to joining United Way she had her own consulting practice on Vancouver Island and was involved in many successful campaigns such as saving the Kinsol Trestle and Bethlehem Retreat Centre and securing new facilities for St. John Ambulance and Nanaimo Community Hospice. Prior to consulting, Ms. Madden worked in Vancouver as Executive Director of the Option Youth Society and at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre.
Dot Neary joined UWCNVI as a volunteer in 2013, becoming President of the Board of Directors in 2017. A resident of Lantzville, Dot has lived in the Nanaimo area 27 years and is married with two adult sons.
Dot has a long history of volunteerism and community service, starting in leadership roles on the Parent Advisory Councils at her boys’ schools and the District PAC, followed by two terms as a School Trustee for SD68, Nanaimo-Ladysmith Public Schools, as Board Chair and Chair on various standing committees, and also serving on other bodies including BC Trustees Association Legislative Committee; City of Nanaimo Social Planning and Advisory Committee; MCFD Regional Advisory Council; volunteer at the 2014 B.C. Summer Games. Besides her work with the Board of UWCNVI, Dot presently sits as a municipal Councillor for the District of Lantzville and as a Board member for the Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation.
Dot’s career history included retail management; training supervision & administration; and she was a small business owner. Currently adjusting to the new reality of 24/7 togetherness with her recently retired husband who is forging a new career as ‘Director of home-based projects’, she is also looking forward to opportunities for new experiences and travel before any grandbabies decide to make an appearance.
Micki approaches work and volunteerism with energy and commitment. She has worked at Vancouver Island University since 2006 in a variety of positions. Micki has a Master of Arts in Leadership and Training, a Coaching certification and diploma. With more than 25 years’ experience in leadership and instructional roles, she is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership. Micki has many interests, and one she is especially passionate about is working with others to allow a new social paradigm, that of a sustainable local community, to develop.
Micki has the best fortune of having a terrific family, and a five-year-old grandson whom every day invites her to bring her best grandma. Micki is a grateful person, who approaches work and life full steam ahead, and always with a resolve to add a dash of fun to everything!
Jim retired from the Federal Public Service in June 2005, after 35 years of managerial and leadership experience. Most of his career with the government was spent in executive positions managing complex program delivery organizations in the social development field. He also oversaw all formal management development activities for two federal departments in the British Columbia/Yukon Region. After retirement, Jim worked as a self-employed consultant specializing in leadership development. He was also a Management Consultant for a multi-year CIDA contract and delivered leadership development programs in China. Jim also worked as a part-time sessional instructor at Vancouver Island University teaching a variety of courses in the Faculty of Management. Jim has a master’s degree in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University. Past community involvement includes working with United Way in Prince George for nearly 15 years, first as federal campaign coordinator and later in various executive roles on the Board of Directors. Jim was a Rotarian for 15 years. He also was involved locally with Leadership BC, serving as a facilitator and coach as well as on curriculum and advisory committees. In 2014 Jim fully retired from all paid work to travel extensively, play golf, and work on the hobby farm he and his wife, Dorothy, own.
Travis is a Chartered Accountant with over 15 years of experience working with non-profit organizations and small and medium-sized business to help them improve their bottom line. He moved to the Island in 2008 to raise his children in a better community and is now looking forward to giving back to the community through United Way.
Bonnie has a love for people and relationship building. Her travels all over the world have given her a better understanding of other cultures and sparked an interest in her own French Canadian culture. She went on to relearn French and learn sign language. She now works with the deaf or hard of hearing in the community. She believes in giving back to the community by sharing her skills through the United Way.
Corrine was born and raised in the Cowichan Valley, and after living away for 20 years, in 2010 she returned to settle in Duncan. Corrine started in banking in 1978 and has had a varied career with RBC in Personal Banking, Small Business and Branch Management. It is important for her to be involved in the community, and while raising her four children, she volunteered her time sitting on PACs and fundraising. Through work she also helped with fundraising for BC Children’s Hospital, United Way, MS, and the Alzheimer’s to name a few.In 2007, Corrine lost her youngest son to suicide and shortly after she joined Needs Crisis in Victoria, and became a speaker for SAY (Suicide Awareness for Youth). She gave presentations in high schools around Victoria working to raise awareness of this important issue and finding ways to give back and be involved with community became even more important.Corrine is also a Rotarian with Rotary Club of Duncan (President 2015/2016). She has been working at RBC (Duncan Branch) since 2010, and has been on the board of United Way Cowichan for the past five years. Corrine and her husband, Tim, live in Cowichan Bay, with family in Victoria and Cowichan, and three lovely granddaughters who are the highlight of their lives.
John has been in the Central Island area for more than 35 years. He is married with four children and nine grandchildren. John is also on the board of the Mid-Island Coop. His hobbies are gourmet cooking, brewing fine reds and volunteering for local events. He is currently an executive of the Nanaimo, Duncan & District Labour Council and the Local Steelworkers (USW 1-1937). One of John's main focuses is that, "I would like to see greater workplace participation in our local United Way."
Andrea has a keen interest in local, provincial, federal, and global issues and is proud to be part of a progressive community of activists. As president of the Campbell River, Courtenay & District Labour Council for 8 years, she has organized numerous Labour Day picnics, support rallies, and resource fairs for the Union Protein Project and various other events. Since 2011 she has also been president of the North Island NDP Constituency Association and worked on both provincial and federal campaigns as voter contact and GOTV organizer.
Andrea has worked for School District 72 since 2006 as an Education Assistant and has served as EA Steward, Chief Steward, Vice President and currently President of CUPE 723, Support Staff. She has a passion for the people in her community and the environment we share.
Andrea gives thanks to the Laich Kwil Tach First Nations people for sharing their unceded territory and loves the richness of culture and beauty on the coast. She grew up in Victoria then met her partner and settled in Campbell River in 1988. She and her partner have raised 3 wonderful daughters (and numerous cats and dogs!).
Jeannine was born and raised on Cape Breton Island but decided to escape the cold winter weather in the early 1980s and move to Nanaimo. Since 1994 she has been employed with the Provincial Government in a variety of positions. In 2012 Jeannine began a 'Kids 4 Kids' after-school program, which continues to run at Georgia Avenue Elementary School. Jeannine is also currently the co-chair for the Nanaimo Coalition to End Homelessness. Jeannine has worked with the marginalized population in Nanaimo for many years and is well versed in the current homelessness challenges. She is married and enjoys walking and spending time with her two beautiful miniature dachshunds, Sadie and Annie Mae.