Meet our Executive
VICE PRESIDENT: Wally Lazaruk
Wally moved to Victoria from Edmonton, Alberta in September 2015. Wally worked as a teacher, education consultant, senior manager at the Alberta Department of Education and President and Principal Consultant with Evaluation Plus Inc. In Victoria, he teaches mindfulness, hikes, serves on community boards and has an interest in wellness. Wally enjoys our weather and scenery, our social and cultural activities and the friendliness of Islanders.
TREASURER: Roger Swift
Born in NZ, came to Canada on contract with PWC in Toronto. After 4 years he left PWC and for the next 3 decades in Toronto, Roger was the CFO for several companies in the wholesale and retail arenas. In 2010, Roger retired back to NZ and in 2015 returned to Canada and arrived in Victoria directly from NZ. A keen golfer and a member of the Gorge Vale Golf Club. Roger joined VMNC in 2015 and was elected Treasurer in 2016.
MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR: Vacant
NEW MEMBER LIAISON: Ken Brown
Ken arrived in Victoria in April, 2017 from Los Angeles where he operated Sunseeker Tours, a sightseeing company based in Long Beach, CA. Following the sale of his business, he moved northward with his wife, Carol, and now resides happily in Broadmead.
Almost upon arrival, Ken learned of VMNC, applied for membership and began enjoying the company of members at Club activities such as speaker luncheons and weekly hikes. Prior to leaving the US, Ken was a 360 hour + volunteer suicide prevention counsellor in L.A. and is the recent Past President of “Tippers”, the Long Beach Professional Business Club.
WEBMASTER: John Pierce
John moved to Victoria from Doha, Qatar in January 2017 and joined VMNC in May 2017. John worked primarily in the increasing roles in the Petroleum Engineer discipline in the Exploration and Production upstream area of the Oil & Gas Business. He worked for small and super-majors starting in Alberta with the last 21 years overseas for Shell International. In addition, he likes computer hardware and software and is Webmaster for several websites.
COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR: Derry McDonell
Derry is a three-time resident of Victoria, arriving here first in 1959 as a 12-year-old with his parents; the second in 1975 as a returning UVic grad, a newspaper journalist and the father of two children. The current stint began in 2010, when he retired after 26 years working in the publishing industry in Toronto as an editor, publisher and new product development manager. Since retiring, he has applied his career experience by working as a volunteer with several non-profits, a municipal public affairs blog he created (Open Victoria), two local political campaigns and of course, with VMNC.