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2017-2018 Board Members
Mike is married, the father of four, and delighted grandfather of three little girls and two little boys.
After a long career as a classroom teacher, librarian, vice-principal, and itinerant French teacher at the elementary school level, as well as being President of the Teachers’ Associations in both the Gulf Islands and Saanich, he now considers himself seriously retired.
He has been a political and community activist for all of his adult life, and volunteers as a goods and services auctioneer for dozens of non-profit groups. He enjoys travelling, gardening, fishing, acting, song writing, playing guitar, and hanging out at the beach with wife Maggie and the grandkids.
He has had bilateral hearing loss since his late 40’s. Having been on the Executive of a number of community and work-related organizations over the years, he now has an obvious very personal interest in contributing to IDHHC. He is in his eighth year on the Board.
MARK GILLISVice President
Mark’s 30 year career with the British Columbia Provincial Government included positions with a variety of ministries and agencies with a range of mandates. This provided a wide array of experience including, policy development and implementation, project management, strategic planning, human resource development, and working closely with stakeholders.
Since retiring from the Provincial Government in September 2011 Mark has dedicated more time towards his passion for running and swimming as well as consulting on a part-time basis.
Mark joined the IDHHC Board in Fall 2012 and has worked with staff and the Board to develop a strategic plan to advance the agency’s priorities over the coming years. Mark and Diana, both born and raised in Victoria, have been married for 26 wonderful years.
Robert Lemmon is a retired CA/CPA with forty years of professional experience in public practice (audit partner) and industry (CFO for public and private companies) and fifteen years’ experience as an officer/director/committee member of NGO’s in the fields of health care (Victorian Order of Nurses at the local, provincial and national level), the arts (Muttart Art Gallery, Calgary) and recreation (Calgary Winter Club).
In his life-long pursuit of photography, he has developed a passion for the art of photography and the telling of stories through a photograph.
For the Island Deaf + Hard of Hearing Centre, Robert brings his passion for storytelling through photography and his experience as a CA/CPA and as an officer/director/committee member of NGOs to assist the Board of Directors in its role within the organization.
Originally from England, Helen moved to Canada in 1980 where she accepted a position with the Western Institute of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (WIDHH) as a Rehab Counsellor. Part of her job was to act as liaison with CNIB regarding services for Deaf Blind persons. In the late 90’s she worked for Occupation Health and Safety for Capital Regional Health (now VIHA).
While in the UK, she worked for a non-profit after leaving school and gaining her professional qualification. She also worked for a County Council and led a team of social workers, as well as advising the Director of Social Services on matters related to hearing loss.
She was a team member on a 3-year project, with the British Deaf Association, focused on public education regarding hearing loss and sign language, and developing assessment tools which led to the Registry of Skilled Interpreters.
Helen has served as a board member for the Canadian Deaf Blind Rubella Association.
She has been an active volunteer for most of her adult life and is looking forward to contributing to the work of the IDHHC board.
JILL BATES-SMITHMember at Large
Jill has been on the board of IDHHC for 15 years. Over her years on the board, she has been chair of Fundraising, Board Development and Sound and Silence Run committees. Now retired, Jill was a Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in various school districts on the mainland and in Victoria, both as a programme and itinerant teacher working in a variety of settings, with many different students and methodologies. She retired from Victoria School District in 2005.
She is married to Wayne and they have two daughters and one grandson. In both her working and volunteer life, she has organized professional workshops and served many years as hospitality coordinator for the Sun Run, Times Colonist 10km, and at major track events.
MARK DUNNMember at Large
Mark served on the IDHHC Board from 1996-98 and rejoined in November 2014.
He is a very active leader in the Deaf community and has served in a variety of roles. Since 2000, he has served as the Treasurer for the South Vancouver Island Association of the Deaf.
He has worked with the British Columbia Deaf Scholarship Trust since 2006, first as a Trustee, then Co-Chair, Treasurer and now Administrator for the organization. His role is specific to scholarships and bursaries to Deaf people in BC.
From 2008-2012, he served as Vice President of the Canadian Deaf Sports Association (CDSA), communicating regularly with the Executive Director, developing policies, and attending Sports Reform Congresses in Bratislava, Taipei and Rome.
At the present time he is serving as President of the Canadian Deaf Ice Hockey Federation. He enjoyed acting as a delegate for Team Canada at the 2nd World Deaf Ice Hockey Championship in Helsinki in March 2013. Mark is current bid chair for the 2021 World Deaf Ice Hockey championships to be held in Vancouver.
DANIEL PAGANMember at Large
Daniel was born and raised in Muscat, Oman and has been in Canada for almost 18 years!
He spent parts of his childhood on the West Coast. He did his undergrad (in Classical Studies) at University of Calgary, then first year of law school at University of Saskatchewan’s College of Law in Saskatoon, before completing his Juris Doctor degree at University of Victoria Faculty of Law.
Daniel joined the IDHHC Board in the Spring of 2017 and is looking forward to working with the board of directors and with the Deaf Community in Victoria.
CHERYL PARDUEMember at Large
My hearing loss is attributed to some family aspects. My grandmother, father, brother and myself all have dealt with hearing loss. I learned about 15 years ago that I was missing parts of conversation even though I was sitting between two people at work. The conversation for me was difficult at best, and will never forget getting my first set of hearing aids and feeling like I had come to life again!
I have volunteered and been the Chair of Membership for three years in the Washington Coop where I live. I also have served on the Board for three years as Treasurer and Member at Large. Through this time, I was involved in several ad hoc committees to review different staff job descriptions, as well as drawing up a Bullying and Harassment Policy, among others.
I have been in BC Government service for 40 years this year, currently with the Workforce Planning and Medical Beneficiary Services Division.
Prior to moving to Victoria in 1972, I was born and raised in Red Deer where I took my nursing after a couple of years of secretarial work following high school. I have been married and have two adult children, who live in Ontario and on the mainland. I have been involved in the church and choir most of my life. I love to garden, do crafts, walk / hike, spend time at the beach, and read / listen to music.
My father raised me to know that strangers are only friends we have never met, so I am always open to making new friends, and what better way than volunteering.