We’re a small but close-knit group of professionals with a deeply-rooted desire to transform lives.

LEADERSHIP TEAM

Lori Walker

Manager, Administration & Finance

Alongside my team, I’m responsible for the financial management and fiscal accountability of Kiwanis Village. My day-to-day role covers all aspects of finance and accounting practices and I’m privileged to work alongside a knowledgeable and dedicated team. For two decades I have witnessed Kiwanis evolve into a true community of excellence and I’m proud to have played a part through strategic planning, grounded in operational sustainability. As Chair of the Staff Health and Wellness Committee I raise awareness for a healthy workplace, and improve staff morale through meaningful engagement in wellness initiatives.

Lori Walker, Manager, Administration & Finance, CGA Diploma Business Management, Malaspina College, Long Term Care Senior Management, Canadian Health Care Association

Alanna Larsen

Manager of Village Operations

As Manager of Village Operations, I am able to connect with all facets of the Village. By working to strengthen Services & Operations, I’m able to nurture our goals for inclusivity, meaning and joy. As a leader I relish the opportunity to leverage the unique strengths of my team members to achieve quality of life for everyone who lives and works here. As a passionate advocate for older people, Kiwanis Village provides the culture and opportunity for real growth, learning and change.

Alanna Larsen, Manager of Village Operations, Masters of Arts Degree, Gerontology, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology

Chris Smith

Hospitality Services Coordinator

My role at Kiwanis is as varied as it is rewarding. For the past 12 years I’ve worked alongside our Kiwanis residents and assisted older people hoping to make their home here. Whether I’m helping people find appropriate housing, solving issues for our residents or supporting them and their loved ones through times of transition, I cherish my role as a guide, facilitator and friend.

Chris Smith, Hospitality Services Coordinator

Lyndsay Webster

Manager of Community Development

My goal is to work with residents and the greater community to provide initiatives that invite joy, purpose and connection to Kiwanis Village. Through community events, educational opportunities and meaningful partnerships we build and sustain thriving communities. My education combined with my daily encounters at Kiwanis are testimony to the healing power of an engaged Village. I believe wholeheartedly in the Kiwanis way.

Lyndsay Webster, Manager of Community Development & Engagement, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS)Diploma Recreation Management, Vancouver Island University, Degree Therapeutic Recreation, Douglas College

Lyndsay is on maternity leave. She Will be returning in Jan. 2022

Eric Smith

Coordinator of Building Services

My years as a volunteer firefighter and experience with all aspects of building and maintenance led me to Kiwanis in 1990. As the Coordinator of Building Services I work alongside a team of incredible people, each with the same mandate – to make a difference in the lives of others. I coordinate everything related to our buildings and facilities, which can vary from maintenance, to planning and helping residents get the most from the Village. In my three decades at Kiwanis, I have formed enduring friendships and observed countless acts of service, driven by kindness and compassion.

Eric Smith, Coordinator of Building Services

Selene Lincoln

Coordinator of Village Social Services

My aim is to cultivate meaningful collaboration between individuals, families and communities within and connected to Kiwanis Village, to support and enhance individual and collective well-being. Through my education, research and passion for recreation, I acknowledge that recreation is intrinsically valuable. However, it is also a purposeful tool that supports and empowers resilient societies. By contributing to social infrastructure, recreation acts as a catalytic force in the creation of healthy communities. People working together have enormous capacity to develop awareness, build community capacity and ignite social change. Through advocacy, research, recreation and education, I work to support the shared vision of Kiwanis Village as an energetic community of learning, growth, and joy.

Selene Lincoln, Coordinator of Village Social Services, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS)Bachelor of Therapeutic Recreation, Douglas College, Bachelor of Recreation Management, Acadia University

Beth Dueck

Recreation Coordinator

As the Recreation Coordinator at the Lodge I am committed to offer programming that is purposeful and personalized to each individual living here. Being involved in recreation is an essential part of our daily lives as it cultivates joy, meaning and connection. My passion as well as my goal is to inspire those who call the Lodge home to live life to the fullest through recreation programs that will support their overall health and well-being.

Beth Dueck, Recreation Coordinator, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS), Bachelor of Therapeutic Recreation – Douglas College

Kelly Marykuca

Clinical Care Coordinator

As an RN for 30 years with a strong background in Complex care and Senior’s mental health, I am proud to be part of Kiwanis Village. I believe in non-profit healthcare, and team work where everyone puts their best foot forward to provide optimal physical, psychological, and spiritual wellbeing for all individuals who reside in long term/complex care. Nursing is caring, nurturing, loving, listening, compassion, respect, human kindness, and it can be very challenging, especially during these times of uncertainty. I am a strong advocate of delivering care through a collaborative, inclusive approach in a home like atmosphere. Our seniors have sacrificed so much to allow all of us to have the freedom and privileges we have today. We must always show respect, maintain their dignity, autonomy and take care of them. Kiwanis Village has a reputation for upholding these values, and that is why I choose to be a part of the Kiwanis community.

Kelly Marykuca, Clinical Care Coordinator

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Heiko Behn

Board Chair

Now retired from his role as Manager for a National Security Operations company, Heiko also served 39 years in Military Service. During the course of his career, Heiko has worked in Professional Development and successfully managed budgets greater than $15M. Placing great value on community, Heiko contributes to the executive team for the Nanaimo Special Olympics and donates his time and expertise to the Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival. Heiko has served as Board Chair since 2009.

Heiko Behn, Board Chair, Bachelor of Arts, History & Political Science, University of Victoria, Certificate in Labour Relations, Simon Fraser University

Become a Member of the Kiwanis Village Board

The Board’s role includes oversight and accountability in the following areas:

Share our passion for culture change Governance, Quality and Performance Monitoring, Strategic Planning, Stakeholder Communication, Raising Funds, Enhancing the Public Image of Kiwanis Village,

The Nominating Committee is seeking eligible candidates who

have generally acknowledged and accepted stature within the business community. We are seeking individuals with relevant knowledge and extensive experience related to the management of a business, to continuing improvement in seniors’ health care or other applicable expertise.

Kiwanis Village seeks applications in writing to the Planning and Priorities Committee

to be considered as Directors on the Board of Kiwanis Village. Positons are voluntary but provide significant personal satisfaction for contributions to our community and seniors. The Board meets monthly during day hours and has 3 sub-committees which meet as required. To apply, send a cover letter and copy of your curriculum vitae to: [email protected]

For further information, please contact:

Planning and Priorities Committee
c/o H Behn, Chair
1233 Kiwanis Crescent
Nanaimo BC V9S 5Y1