Former Coast Realty Group REALTOR® Helia Sillem may not longer be in the real estate industry, but she continues to offer a helping hand to those in need throughout the region. She recently marked her 22nd anniversary as part of Island Health. Even while holding a real estate license Helia worked at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH) as an Occupational Therapist, a role she’s fulfilled since 1993.
Today, having assumed a leadership role with Island Health, she has put real estate behind her for the time being, to focus on her health care profession. Educated at the University Of British Columbia (UBC) where she earned her Master of Science degree, she worked as a part time REALTOR® from approximately 2009 to 2012, before focusing exclusively on her health care career. She shows no sign of slowing that part of her busy life.
Another health care professional marking a significant anniversary is Feron Ann Walker who has been the Director of Communications with the Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation for six years. A member of the Foundation’s Development Team, she works primarily assisting with fundraising efforts for the health and wellness of Central Vancouver Islanders and the facilities that support them. Her duties, as outlined on her online profile include being responsible for grant writing, publications and their written content, press releases and photography as well as relationship building. “This is a very multi-faceted career that is rewarding on every level. I love it!”
A successful freelance writer and author, Feron earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Vancouver Island University (VIU) in 2005 and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Hertfordshire in 2006. Among her many other duties and responsibilities she’s also working on the manuscript for her second book a fictional novel.
Another community business leader celebrating an anniversary this year is Jay Somerville one of the owners of Nanaimo-based Webacom Media Company. Jay is marking his 15 anniversary at the website development and online marketing company, having started working there in June 2000. Very much a people person, his duties at the firm include staff training and development, relationship building and customer retention.
Prior to joining Webacom Jay was part of the sales team at Chubb Security in Kamloops where he was employed from 1990 to 1995. Working with the company’s branch manager his primary tasks were involved in expanding the company’s extensive customer base.
Reg Simnes, the Manager of the Nanaimo Medigas outlet has moved his business from its previous location on Dufferin Crescent to a slot at the Rock City Centre strip mall. Medigas is the home healthcare division of Praxair Canada Inc., and for nearly 50 years has been providing physicians and their patients with home oxygen therapy, sleep therapy and home medical equipment. The company has developed a national reputation for the quality of its products and range of its services.
The local outlet is now situated next door to the Gone Fishing sporting goods store at Rock City Centre. Storefront visibility and highway exposure for the store were cited in published reports as reasons for the move.
Among the many hats worn by Daniel Martinez, it’s the one wearing the crest of Director of the Nanaimo Foundation that gets a lot of his attention these days. The Foundation has launched its annual quality of life survey to try and determine where the immediate needs are for assistance in the community. The Nanaimo Foundation is a registered charitable organization that strives to enhance the community by helping those in need with services and support. In 2014 the Foundation’s yearly survey saw more than 900 completed – a number Daniel would like to see topped this year.
When not working with the Nanaimo Foundation, Daniel is also a Board Member with Innovation Island, a Wealth Manager with Integral Wealth Securities, he is also a finance instructor at VIU and is the current President of the Young Professionals of Nanaimo (YPN). In a published report he said the Foundation’s survey is very important as it allows the organization to prioritize where the grant money it collects should be used for maximum effect.