Board of Directors
Garth Homer Society is incorporated under the Society Act of British Columbia. Membership is open to those over the age of nineteen (19) years and to Honorary Lifetime members. Those interested in membership in the Society may become a member of the Society upon completion of a membership application, payment to the Society of the annual dues, and approval of the Secretary. If you are interested in becoming a Society member, please request an application form at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 250-475-2270.
We encourage everyone to volunteer the time and expertise to become involved in the governance of our Society. It is through the efforts of many dedicated volunteers that we have such a great Society. Please consider sitting on one of our committees. Contact the Board Chair email@example.com to offer your assistance.
Bruce Homer: Chair
Alan Moyes: Vice-Chair and Treasurer
Stephen Newton: Secretary
Advocacy Committee: Stephen Koerner
Audit Committee: Russ Lazaruk
Finance Committee: Alan Moyes
Governance Committee: Stephen Newton
Nominating Committee: Roger Charles
Strategic Planning Committee: Catherine Lord
Mitchell Temkin, CEO
| ||Bruce Homer, Chair |
Bruce brings business, marketing and governance experience to the Board. He was the marketing director for national travel organization based in Toronto and then in London as the UK CEO. He has chaired the Glenlyon Norfolk School Society, Glenlyon Norfolk School Foundation, served on the Board of Victoria Civic Heritage Trust and sits on the Board of Brentwood College and The Garth Homer Foundation, He is currently the CEO of a private investment and real estate holding company. Bruce chairs the Garth Society Homer Society.
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Roger Charles, Director
Roger Charles has 35 years in the international business sector, including education, training and tourism.
As the former Director General of the International Student Travel Confederation (now WYSE Travel Confederation) and the CEO of the International Youth Hostel Federation (aka Hostelling International), he spent 15 years in global tourism. This ranged from negotiating with the World Tourism Organization and UNESCO on global arrangements across 200 countries to developing global loyalty programs to financing construction of hostels in countries around the world.
Since moving to Victoria 5 years ago, he has been the Executive Director of the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific. The HCP is a part of the BC Garden Tourism Coalition of which he is the Treasurer. The BCGTC is the lead organization in developing a garden focused tourism campaign for Canada's 150th birthday in 2017.
He is also a professor of international business at University Canada West and a mentor with the University of Victoria Faculty of Business.
| ||Steve Koerner, Director |
Steve grew up in Victoria, graduated from the University of Victoria and completed graduate studies in England. In the recent past he was a history lecturer at Camosun College, Malaspina University College and the University of Victoria. Now Steve is an independent writer and researcher.
| ||Stephen Newton, Secretary |
Steve retired from a long and successful teaching career. He brings to the board a wealth of experience in the fields of education and related areas of special education, developmental disabilities, educational psychology & behavioral disorders. In addition to his having been an instructor at Camosun College and UVIC, he has also sat on the Board of St Margaret’s School, covering Governance and Communications Among other volunteer positions, he has served as a member of the Prospect Lake and District Community Association and currently serves as a Community Advisor to the Victoria Foundation, and sits on the READ Society’s Board. Stephen is currently the Society’s Secretary.
| ||Catherine Lord, Director |
Catherine has more than 25 years experience in the emerging use of information technology. Her current research includes "cloud computing" and global workforce shifts in her role as a strategist for IBM, reflecting her passion for creating cultural bridges and diversity in the "changing nature of work". Catherine is also a Board member of Haven Foundation on Gabriola Island, B.C. Catherine chairs the Strategic Transition Committee.
| ||Russell Lazaruk. Director |
Russ Lazaruk is a Certified Investment Manager (CIM) and Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI) and is the Branch Manager and an Associate Director at Macquarie Private Wealth, Victoria. Previously Mr. Lazaruk was an Investment Executive for ScotiaMcLeod (Victoria) and Branch Manager/Investment Executive at ScotiaMcLeod (Courtenay). He has worked in BC’s forest industry and operated a family farm on Saltspring Island, also serving in the British Army (1973-1978). Non-profit organizations that have benefited from Mr. Lazaruk’s expertise include the Greater Victoria Public Library (Trustee), Pacific Tattoo 2012 and Greater Victoria Art Gallery. He is currently a member of the Board of Governors of Camosun College, Treasurer of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards (BC & Yukon) and a Rotarian (President, Colwood), and is a keen sailor, rugby player and bike rider.
| ||Alan Moyes, Vice Chair, Treasurer |
Originally trained as a lawyer, Alan was in private practice for several years before returning to UVic to obtain his Master of Public Administration. Alan then joined the BC Government where he worked for more than 25 years, primarily in the Ministry of Health doing policy and legislation. Alan is a native Victorian with experience as a member of both community and regulatory boards.