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Douglas Boyd <>

Marv Gandall <>

Community Development Committee
Wendy Bowkett, Chair <>

Urban Livability Committee
Nicholas Harrington, Chair <>

Land Use Committee
Ian Sutherland, Chair  <>

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Board Member Profiles

Ruth Annis
Ruth is past-President of the ARIA Strata Council, and chairs the Humboldt Valley Committee, an ad hoc collaborative network of Humboldt Valley condominiums. Prior to retirement, Ruth was Executive Director of a large multi-service agency serving the Vancouver to Chilliwack area. She has served on many boards in senior positions including First Call – BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition (co-founder); BC Alliance for Mental Health and Addictions (co-founder); Child Welfare League of Canada; BC Public Sector Employers Council; etc. She is the recipient of a number of recognition awards both provincially and nationally. Ruth has lived in downtown Victoria since 2008. She is committed to sustainable community development and social justice issues. Ruth was elected to the DRA Board in 2015 and has been a member of various DRA committees.

Doug Boyd
Doug was one of the owners of Vision Travel, a travel agency with locations across Canada, for over 30 years. His primary role in recent years was in technology. Doug retired from that company in 2016. Doug moved to Victoria from Calgary in 2011. In Calgary, he was actively involved in two neighbourhood associations and was a Board member of the Kensington Business Association for several years. Doug is very passionate about advancing sustainability and active transportation in Victoria. He loves the city and also is an avid walker. Doug has been a member of the Victoria DRA and the DRA Community Development Committee since 2013. Doug was elected as a Board member and as Treasurer in 2014.

Dianne Flood
Dianne is a retired lawyer who formerly advised the Manitoba government on local government legislation, land use planning, and property assessment matters. She was a vice-chair of the Manitoba Municipal Board, the chair of the BC Property Assessment Appeal Board, an Assistant Deputy Minister (Manitoba Municipal Affairs), and the Executive Director of BC’s Administrative Justice Office. Dianne has lived in Harris Green since 2004 and is especially interested in efforts to enhance the green space in the Downtown and Harris Green neighbourhood. Dianne joined the DRA and the Board in 2018. Dianne is a member of the Land Use Committee.

Marv Gandall
Marv was the executive director and chief negotiator for the federal public service union representing economists, statisticians, and other researchers for more than two decades prior to his retirement.  He began his career as a journalist, including as a reporter for the Toronto Star.  Marv did graduate work in both history and political economy and taught at the community college and university level.  He has had a long involvement in political and other voluntary organizations.  Marv and his wife and his wife moved to Victoria for four years and they love it here.  He became a member of the DRA Board and the Board Secretary in 2018. 

Paul Gandall
Paul currently works as a lawyer in Victoria and is a graduate of Queen’s law school. He was born in Ottawa and relocated to the west coast in the summer of 2016. He has a strong desire to promote positive social change, community and livability in any place he calls home. He also enjoys camping, hiking, and other outdoor activities in BC’s spectacular natural environment, one of the incentives which drew him to the west coast. He joined the DRA Board in 2017, and was elected as its President in 2018.

Nicholas Harrington
Nicholas is a certified engineering technician (CTech) in the field of Fluid Power, Automation and Robotics. For the majority of his career, he provided technical customer service and applications engineering services to the pneumatic automation component, and later, hydraulic and pneumatic valve actuation industries. Nicholas is currently a sales representative at a local tool retailer. Nicholas and his wife relocated to downtown Victoria in 2012. Some of his interests are technology, machinery, programming, writing, politics, cars and motorcycles. Nicholas is currently the Vice President of the DRA, a past President, and the chair of the Urban Livability Committee.

Ian Sutherland
Ian has worked in the development industry as a Planning and Civil Engineering consultant for over 35 years, as well as a design/builder and developer specializing in custom homes and rehabilitation of designated heritage buildings. Ian has served on the Board of the Victoria Civic Heritage Trust and has received the Presidents award from the Hallmark Society and the BC Heritage Award for past projects. Victoria born and raised, Ian has enjoyed living Downtown for over 20 years. Ian enjoys travelling around the world seeking and studying famous and inspirational architecture. Ian joined the DRA Board and has acted as Chair of the Land Use Committee since 2011.