Ballenas Board

Ballenas Housing Society is governed by a dedicated volunteer Board of Directors who bring a diverse range of knowledge, experience, and perspectives to our organization.


David B., LLB – David is a recently retired lawyer who joined the Board in 2020. He has lived and worked on Vancouver Island since 1983. He was the senior litigation partner at his law firm practicing mainly personal injury law representing injured people against insurance companies.


Bob M., RI – Bob has studied in-depth both Electronic Technology and Urban Land Economics. Following a ten-year technical career, Bob became a mortgage broker, mortgage underwriter, trust company branch manager and BC regional manager of a diverse portfolio of commercial properties. In 2020, Bob retired from real estate brokerage but still participates in development projects and assisting others.


Alex B., CFA – Alex brings over a decade of financial services experience to the Ballenas Board. He has led several high performing teams in the banking sector and recently obtained his Chartered Financial Analyst designation. His prior experience in working on a board comes from having previously served as Treasurer for a local Chamber of Commerce.


Laura C., BBA, MA – Laura joined the Ballenas Board in 2021 after retiring from nearly 20 years working in healthcare. Laura worked as manager/project manager in many areas such as Primary Care, Long Term Care, Home and Community Care, Acute Care, Mental Health and Substance Use, Public Health, as well as partnering on projects with First Nations communities.


David M. – David has been involved with Ballenas off and on for almost fifteen years. He became involved while working on a contract for Canada Employment as an Employment Counsellor. David went on to run his own company working with hard to place unemployed folks and as a Clinical Counsellor assisting medically discharged Veterans. Through this work, David saw how important stable housing is for people.

Board Members

Ashwak S., BSc – Ashwak has worked in Metro Vancouver and on Vancouver Island for more than 36 years and is the owner of two hotels in Nanaimo. She currently serves as a representative for numerous other non-profit organisations, including the Nanaimo Hospitality Association and Equal Voice. Ashwak is an ally of Indigenous communities and has worked closely with its leaders to advance the social and economic needs of Indigenous peoples.

Brad S., P.Eng. (Retired) – Brad is a resident of Nanaimo and has volunteered in the community for various organizations including Ballenas. He is a retired mining and process engineer with over 35 years of experience and has worked in many regions around the world and has been directly involved in community engagements.

Mila S., MA, CCC – Mila joined the Board of Ballenas in 2017 and currently works as a counsellor in private practice. She is also involved with other community organizations and enjoys seeing projects come to fruition.

Brandon C., BBA, CGA – Brandon was raised on Vancouver Island and is a partner at a CPA firm in Nanaimo. He joined the Ballenas Board in 2022.

Ed M. – Ed is a valuable member of the Parksville community having recently served the municipality for seven years with distinction. Ed’s professional background includes senior leadership in construction, engineering and planning. He continues to make a positive impact through his work on various non-profit boards.