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.
Christine Blackburn After immigrating to Canada, Christine worked for many years coordinating a distance education network in Kenora, Ontario. She also worked for many 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 an MA in Integrated Studies from Athabasca University, Alberta. She culminated her working life as an administrative assistant with the Department of National Defence in Victoria.
Jocelyn Carter was born in the UK where she trained as Orthopaedic nurse. She furthered her training and became a physiotherapist before moving to Canada in 1978. In 1986 she came to British Colombia where worked for the Island Health Authority until her retirement in 2007.
In 2016 she joined the Eagle Heights Africa in BC Society where she holds the position of Vice President. Jocelyn plays a major role in the Eagle Heights fundraisers as well as working on the communication flow between students and their sponsors.
Brian Dowse was born in Ireland where he obtained a degree in Civil Engineering in 1960 and this led to obtaining a scholarship to study for a Master’s degree at the University of Illinois. In early 1962 he emigrated to Canada where he has worked as an engineering consultant on projects in Quebec, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta. Now in retirement Brian lives in Sidney, B.C. As an engineer he has worked in over 30 countries. In 1964 he was introduced to Africa when he was assigned for 2 years to a highway development project in the Rift Valley region of Ethiopia and in future years he worked on projects in Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and South Africa as well as 20 other countries.
‘Strive not to be a success but rather to be of value’