NIC Foundation announces new executive and board members

Ilona Horgen (left) has been elected chair of the NIC Foundation. Joining Horgen as vice chair is Garry Griffin (right), CIBC’s senior manager and team lead in commercial banking.

The NIC Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce a new executive team and the addition of two new directors.

Ilona Horgen was elected as chair of the NIC Foundation following the board’s AGM recently. Joining Horgen as vice chair is Garry Griffin, CIBC’s senior manager and team lead in commercial banking.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled that Ilona and Garry are leading the NIC Foundation Board,” said Randall Heidt, executive director of the NIC Foundation and NIC’s vice president of strategic initiatives. “Their passion and commitment to students are inspiring.”

Mary Lovely, a chartered professional accountant, was elected treasurer, while lawyer Brett Woodside was elected secretary. Both Mary and Brett reside in Campbell River.

New board members are Dianne Hawkins, CEO of the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce, and Jay Dixon, principal of North Island Secondary School in Port McNeill. 

“We have an outstanding board filled with impressive people who are dedicated to student success,” said chair Ilona Horgen. “We are energized, focused and excited for the year ahead.”

Completing their terms on the board are former chair Lisa Moyes and vice chair Kathryn Jones.

“It has been an honour and a privilege having worked with Lisa and Kathryn,” Heidt said. “Their knowledge, leadership and commitment to the NIC Foundation and NIC students are exemplary.”

NIC President John Bowman, and NIC Board of Governors representative and student Jennifer Kortlever joined the board earlier this year.

“Students at all four campuses saw an increase in awards distributed this fall for the fourth straight year, thanks to our generous donors and excellent work by the NIC Foundation board and the Office of Advancement team,” Horgen said.

To learn more about the NIC Foundation and how you can make a difference in the lives of students in your community, visit or call 250-334-5085.

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