Board of Directors

Vancouver Island Mental Health Society is a charitable nonprofit community-based organization, led by professional staff and governed by a volunteer board of directors

Board Of Directors

Brock Williamson is a commissioned land surveyor with a background in engineering surveys and computer applications. He has served on the board of variance for the Regional District of Nanaimo and was vice-chair for five years.

Brock Williamson, Chair

James Brennan has served on various boards of directors over the years. His career includes a management role with John Howard Society, counselor for an alcohol and drug program, and work with disability and legal assistance initiatives.

James Brennan, Vice-Chair

With more than 25 years of diverse financial management and business experience, Dan serves clients in a variety of sectors and small businesses and nonprofits including construction, technology, and service-based companies. Originally from the Vancouver area, Dan has lived in Nanaimo for the past 15 years and is proud to raise his two daughters on Vancouver Island. Dan is proud to serve on the VIMHS board of directors and several other community boards. He is deeply committed to supporting social needs and growing the local business community, as well as leveraging his extensive network of business connections on Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland.

Dan Kucherka, Treasurer

Gagan Minhas was born and raised in Calgary Alberta. She moved to Nanaimo in 2017 and is currently working at Community Living British Columbia. Gagan has a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Neuroscience and a Master’s degree in counselling. She has experience working with people with mental health challenges and other vulnerable populations and has worked in a variety of settings including schools, shelters, and private practice providing addictions and mental health support.

Gagan Minhas, Secretary

Kerry is a retired educator who has lived in Nanaimo for almost 25 years. Over her career, Kerry taught different subjects and worked with students from Kindergarten to University level. She has also co-authored several children’s books. Kerry spends her time outside with her husband walking her Black Lab, camping, kayaking, skiing, and traveling to see her son and daughter. She looks forward to working on the VIMHS Board.

Kerry Armstrong

James Brennan has served on various boards of directors over the years. His career includes a management role with John Howard Society, counselor for an alcohol and drug program, and work with disability and legal assistance initiatives.

James Brennan, Vice-Chair

The Work Of The Board

Vancouver Island Mental Health Society’s board of directors is a governance board, meaning that it is responsible for the broader directions of the organization, while the management and staff are responsible for the details of the organization’s work.
The Board meets regularly with senior management and once a year in a day-long themed workshop. Members of the Board also meet in smaller committees as required.
Image: Board members Lynne Fraser, Brock Williamson, Arthur Burrows and (in background) Sharon Hobenshield work in small groups at a September 2018 workshop focused on the organization’s external communications and messaging.

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