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NIC Foundation

With the wonderful support that you have provided, I will be able to reach my goals and make my dreams come true.
-NIC Student and recipient of Foundation assistance

Established in 1991, the North Island College Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting North Island College in its task to provide the skills and knowledge students need for successful employment and further education.

Governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, made up of community leaders from the College region, the Foundation actively seeks donations for the College. The Foundation’s primary objective is to raise funds to support scholarships and bursaries, as well as to fundraise for needed equipment and educational resources. Through the continued support of individuals, local businesses and community organizations these efforts are realized.

The Foundation works in collaboration with you, our donors, to champion the goals of North Island College and its students. Together we have formed a long-term and inspired partnership. By giving to North Island College Foundation, you have helped provide the opportunities that shape our students’ lives and the lives of their families. Our alumnus includes doctors, lawyers, artists, scholars, teachers, electricians, accountants, carpenters, nurses, welders, plumbers, and the list goes on. By donating and supporting our student awards program you are effecting positive change right here in our communities.

Your support continues to make a lasting difference to so many in our communities and we thank you for your enduring interest in our shared success.

The Foundation serves the North Island College region by targeting its fundraising efforts to those priorities set out by the College’s leadership team, in support of the College’s vision and goals.


North Island College holds a vision of being a premier community and destination college, in a spectacular west-coast environment, that inspires and prepares students for success in a rapidly changing world. North Island College will fulfill its vision by being:

  • a vibrant community of learners – embracing their goals and shaping their worlds;
  • a gateway to education, work and life;
  • a central force in improving the cultural and socio-economic well-being of the communities we serve; and,
  • a respectful steward of our unique natural setting.

Together we will create a workplace that inspires personal growth and delivers results to our students, partners and citizens.


The North Island College Foundation encourages financial and in-kind donations from the community to support North Island College students and programs, through the provision of scholarships, bursaries, educational resources and equipment.


Bert Heeringa
Business Owner, Canadian Tire Courtenay
Comox Valley 
Donna Cloutier
Vice Chair  
Manager, Pateman & Company Chartered Accountants
Comox Valley 
Kyle Matthews  
Accountant, Moeller & Company Chartered Accountants
Campbell River  
Robert Buckley   Branch Manager, Coastal Community Credit Union - Courtenay Branch
Comox Valley  
Jonathan Cross  Owner/Manager, Hospitality Inn Port Alberni 
Port Alberni 
Lorna Chrowshaw  Assistant Registrar, NIC's Port Alberni Campus 
Port Alberni 
Arne Einarson   Manager, Scotiabank
Comox Valley 
Don Jones  Accountant, Duncan Sabine Collyer Partners LLP
Port Alberni 
Moriah MacLeod-Shaw  Lawyer, Tees Kiddle Spencer
Campbell River 
Gillian Trumper   Retired  
Port Alberni  
John Bowman  President, North Island College
All regions 
Susan Auchterlonie   Executive Director, North Island College Foundation  
All regions  
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NIC Foundation

Komoux Hall
2300 Ryan Road
Courtenay, BC V9N 8N6

T: 250-334-5000 ext 4267
F: 250-334-5292

Susan Auchterlonie
Executive Director

Erin Petersen
Development Officer
250-334-5000 ext 4039

Jolean Finnerty
Development Assistant
250-334-5000 ext 4017

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