Brenda Peacock, President
Brenda has been a member of AIMHI’s Board of Directors since 1998. During this period she has served as Treasurer and is currently the Vice President. She is active on the Executive and Finance committees. Professionally, for 35 years, she was a Senior Account Manager Commercial Lending for the Royal Bank before retiring in2010. She was raised in Prince George and she and her husband Gary, have one son. She is an active member of the Rotary Club of Prince George Nechako and a volunteer with the Free Mason’s Cancer Car program. Brenda feels it is important for all individuals to pursue their dreams and remains a strong proponent of Community Living.
Holly Kavanaugh, Vice President
Holly moved to Prince George from New Brunswick. She holds a Master of Applied Science degree from the University of Waterloo. Holly lives in Prince George with her husband. She has worked as a School Psychologist for School District #57 since 1986. Holly has a wide range of experience working with students with special needs and is keenly interested in promoting the rights and interest of individuals with special needs. Holly has been on the AiMHi Board of Directors for 6 years.
Rory Summers, Past President
Rory has served on the Board of Directors of AiMHi since 1997. During this period he served one-year in the position of Treasurer and eight years as President. He is active on the Executive and Finance Committees. Rory taught in School District #57 for more than thirty-five years, at Duchess Park, College Heights, PGSS and as the Coordinator of Career Program for School District #57. Rory is now retired. Rory is married and has two children, Amy and Alex. Alex has a developmental disability. Rory served on the Board of Directors of the Child Development Centre for six years when Alex was younger. Currently, Rory is the Past-President of Inclusion BC and the President of the Inclusion BC Foundation.
Paul Raines, Treasurer
Paul moved to Prince George in 1973. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education (Physical Education) from the University of British Columbia and a Master’s degree in Administration. Paul worked for the School District No. 57 from January 1974 to December 2005. Part of Paul’s tenure was in Mackenzie where he served as a resource class school principal in the 1980’s and also assisted in setting up a CDC outreach preschool program in his school there. As a teacher and school principal, Paul has a wealth of experience, over 35 years with children in the educational system including special need students. Paul’s younger child is a person with disabilities and so he brings a special needs parent perspective to the position.
Bryan Mix, Director
Bryan has lived and worked in Prince George for over 30 years. For the past 24 years he has held the position of Secretary Treasurer for School District No. 57 (Prince George).
In 2005 he was the proud recipient of the BCASBO “Larry Ozero Leadership Award”, this award recognizes highest in ethics , competence and leadership contributions towards the profession and its’ membership. He is presently a director of the Host Society for the 2015 Canada Winter Games to be hosted by the City of Prince George in February 2015. He is the chair of the Sport and Venue Task Force and a member of the Finance and Audit Committee. Bryan has been involved in local organizations during his time in Prince George. Bryan is a six time grandfather all the grandchildren are under the age of five.
Stan Hyatt, Director
Stan has lived in Prince George for 38 years. He is married with two children and one grandson. Stan worked in the BC Public Service for over 30 years within the criminal justice system first as a probation officer then as a manager in both adult and youth correctional facilities. Since leaving this line of work in 2007, Stan has done some consulting work for Northern Health and the Ministry of Children & Family Development as well as co-instructing a criminology course at CNC. Since 2011, he has been a community member of the Mental Health Review Board. Stan was a member of the Host Committee for the BC Senior Games bringing the games to Prince George in 2008. Since 2010 he has been a volunteer with the Prince George Outdoor Ice Oval Society.
Gary Godwin, Director
Gary was born in Montreal and presently lives in Prince George with his wife and their two daughters. A former member of the RCMP for thirty-two years, Gary’s wide range of experience makes him a valuable addition to the Board of Directors. He spent the last seven years of his tenure involved in Community Policing. He implemented the “Block Watch” Program in Prince George in 1989. Gary’s other interests include wrestling, and eighteen year association with Kelly Road Gospel Chapel and the task of chauffeuring his daughters’ team in pursuit of their numerous sporting activities.
Fred McLeod, Director
Fred and his wife, Jackie, moved to Prince George in 1981 when Fred was hired by the Prince George Regional Hospital as the head Nuclear Medicine technologist. This is a position he held from that time until his retirement in the summer of 2007. For the past 8 years Fred has managed Phoenix Medical Imaging, the x-ray, ultrasound and mammography clinic located on the main floor of the Phoenix Medical Building.
Fred’s experience as a board member includes over a decade served as the northern British Columbia representative on the Health Sciences Association (a union of health professionals), many years on the First Baptist Church board, election to the School District #57 Board of Education in 2001 (by-election) and in 2002 and election to the British Columbia School Trustees board for a 1 year term in 2004.
Fred and Jackie have 3 grown, married children with 6 grandchildren, 5 of whom live in Prince George. When he is not playing with the children, Fred enjoys gardening and woodworking.
Mike Millard, Director
Mike was born in Edmonton but moved to Prince George in 1968. He is married and has two children and four grandchildren. Mike began working in the accounting field in 1974 and has held numerous positions in various central interior companies over the years. In 2006 Mike moved into the employee benefits field, specializing in benefits for agencies in the not for profit and social service sector with a firm in White Rock. In 2013 Mike joined a Prince George firm in their benefits division. He looks forward to working with the AIMHI board in continuing the positive work that they do in the north.
Mary Parkin, Director
Mary Parkin has served in the Community Living field since 1988. 17 years were in Community Living Services (CLS) with MCFD (Ministry for Children and Family Development) and 1 year with the newly formed CLBC (Community Living BC) when CLS was moved to this Crown Agency. Mary began her career as a social worker followed by positions as resource worker and staff trainer. She moved to Prince George in 1997 as a team Supervisor and subsequently became Manager for the whole North Region 2000-2005 with responsibility for all government contracts and services for people with developmental disAbilities and children with special needs and their families. Mary then served as the CLBC Quality Service Manager for the North Region 2005-2006 responsible for all government contracts for this client group. Mary holds the degrees of BA, BSW and MSW from the University of British Columbia and has made her home in Prince George since 1997.
Theresa Robinson, Director
I moved to Prince George, from Duncan, in 1993 with my spouse and two children. I volunteer with the Prince George SPCA and with Project Friendship Society, getting people out in the community, since 1999. I also work in the AiMHi kitchen and in the shredding program through IES. I enjoy gardening, creating hanging baskets and helping others. I am looking forward to this new opportunity as a Board member with AiMHi.