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Board of Directors


The North Island Wildlife Recovery Association is governed by an exceptional volunteer board of directors. Their considerable knowledge and expertise from a wide range of backgrounds guides the strategic direction of the Centre.


Del L. Kristalovich

  Del Kristalovich moved to the area in 2011 with her ;late husband, Stan. She now resides in Qualicum Beach.  She spent many years  in the medical field working in various capacities before leaving her position as a surgical assistant to start her own business in medical and legal office support services.  She continues to work in this field.  Over her working life she has contributed to her community through various volunteer positions on Associations and Boards.  On moving to Qualicum Beach she has continued to volunteer as a member of her local community association and as a Board member at NIWRA.


Sylvia Campbell

  Sylvia Campbell is co-founder of NIWRA and has been working in all capacities since its inception in 1985.  Besides the love of animals and the Centre, Sylvia has been a caregiver to the mentally challenged for the last twenty-five years.  She is founder of the Errington Therapeutic Riding Association and has volunteered many years in a minimum security prison chaplaincy program.  Singer, songwriter, and author are some of her interests.


Tim Palmer

  Tim Palmer immigrated to Canada in 1977 with his wife and joined a French multinational metals company for 29 years.  During those times he worked out of the country in charge of commercial agencies in Singapore, Mississauga, Connecticut and finally the UK.  In 2006, Tim joined CCB, an independent charity and community council where he was responsible for the delivery of government-funded partnerships to Parish Councils.  Retiring in late 2011, Tim returned to Vancouver Island and now lives in Nanoose Bay.  He has two daughters.  He has interests in yoga and playing squash and volunteers as a tour guide at NIWRA.


Judith E. Brown

  Judy Brown headshot Judy Brown and her husband have been residents of Qualicum Beach for ten years, previously from Vancouver.  Originating from Ottawa, she worked as a database manager for Health Canada, and the Canadian Institute for Health Information.  Judy has volunteered at the Vancouver Aquarium in their Volunteer Services Office, as well as acting as the Publicity Director for their non-profit society in Whistler.  Whilst volunteering in the NIWRA office, Judy has assisted with the standardization of the volunteer and employee manuals, and Policies and Procedures manual.  She had helped prepare and update the email address lists and prepared various documents for the NIWRA Board.

Director at Large

Gary Scarrow

  Gary has recently retired after over 48 years work in commercial banking, serving 38+ years with Royal Bank of Canada. Relocating from Campbell River to Nanoose Bay, he then managed the mid-island Commercial Banking Centre for Coastal Community Credit Union in Parksville for ten years until again retiring in March. Gary volunteers with a church in Nanaimo, and until recently, was a board member with Parksville and District Association for Community Living. He has volunteered with many organizations over the years, including: Rotary International, Director of Rotary Foundation; MCC  Supportive Care Services (North Island); and in Campbell River, at the Museum, Citizens on Patrol, Laichwiltach Family Life Society, and First Nations Elders Conference.When not playing with his grandchildren or glued to the computer. Gary enjoys woodworking, photography, reading, gardening, etc.


Carol Chisholm


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Carol Chisholm moved to Vancouver Island in 2012 after almost thirty years of increasing responsibilities in business management. As a member of senior management teams, she has been involved in areas such as business strategy, succession planning and operational requirements.  A Graduate of Queen's University and Athabasca University, Carol is also a trained facilitator.  Her life time interest in nature peaked when she found a Great Horned Owl with a broken wing in May 2010. She took it to the local wildlife recovery organization, Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre, in Napanee, Ontario and offered to volunteer for them. Carol has volunteered as a tour guide at NIWRA since she moved to Parksville.  Carol also is a volunteer ESL tutor at the Career Centre in downtown Parksville.

Director at Large

David J. McLean

    Dave McLean - After earning his Chartered Accountant designation in Toronto, joined CIBC Internal Audit there in 1975, to learn the financial industry, working in Canada and the US. Dave was offered the opportunity to move to Vancouver to join the Bank of British Columbia, Internal Audit Department in 1980. In his roles with the Bank (which became the HongKong Bank of Canada/HSBC), he participated in the year-by-year growth/expansion through numerous aquisitions/new business start-ups. In 2006, Dave elected to take early retirement and shortly thereafter moved into contract consulting roles providing advisory services including accounting, audit, controls and risk management. Currently Dave is involved with community not-for-profits as Treasurer, Director, and Advisor.