Eagle Heights Africa in BC is fortunate to have a strong team on both the corporate and operational fronts.
Bill German is both President and CEO. Based in North Saanich on Vancouver Island, Bill has an Agricultural degree from the University of Guelph and a Civil Engineering degree from the University of Toronto. For most of his working life he was involved in the design of municipal infrastructure, and the supervision of land development projects. Soon after his retirement in 2009, he became a founding member of Eagle Heights Africa in BC, bringing his business acumen to the leadership role at EHA BC.
‘The cumulative effect of Canadian Charities working for disadvantaged people is a powerful force for good in the World: for Eagle Heights Africa this is our raison d’etre’. Bill German
John Pendray started out on a small dairy farm in Saanich BC, moving his family in 1955 to the another Saanich location, and increasing his dairy farm to 170 milking cows. More than two decades later, another move to the Saanich Peninsula saw his dairy farm grow to 280 head. As well as managing his own farms, John was elected President of Island Farm Dairy in Victoria, holding that position for 29 years. John is a respected man known for his honesty and forthright nature, making him a valued and wise Director of Eagle Heights Africa in BC.
Linda Hunter has been a Vancouver Island resident for more than 19 years and shares her home with ageing parents, grown children and a host of visitors and travelers. Dedicated to community and service, she is a professional writer and event planner, who assists EHA BC in both capacities; helping to coordinate fundraisers and sharing the work of EHA BC in print and online. Her background includes years of volunteer work on local school committees and as a founding member of the Peninsula Dry Grad Society.
Christine Blackburn After immigrating to Canada, Christine worked for many years coordinating a distance education network in Kenora, Ontario. She then worked for several years in geoscience laboratories, mostly at the University of Toronto. An advocate of life-long learning, Christine earned a BA and HBSW from Lakehead University, and is now pursuing an MA in integrated studies from Athabaska University, Alberta. She culminated her working life as an administrative assistant with the Department of National Defence in Victoria. Other current activities include servicing as board secretary for a children’s’ camp, and acting as treasurer of Eagle Heights Africa in BC.
Janice Martinez obtained her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Victoria in 1987. She taught Psychology at a local community college for 6 years before beginning her career in Mental Health Services where she worked as a clinician and administrator of programs for people with mental illness. She was the Director for Mental Health Services for the Capital Health Region until 2000. Since that time she has been in private practice. Janice is an avid traveler and supporter of human rights and education. She has been a sponsor for EHA since 2010. On January 9, 2015, she was appointed a director of EHA in BC.
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