Don Bonner Bio

A little bit about Don Bonner

Born in Victoria BC,  first 9 years lived in Nova Scotia and then moved back to Nanaimo in 1967.  Attended Quarterway, Woodlands and NDSS and later at the University of Guelph.

Wearing traditional ribbon shirt while getting ready to do protocol in Suquamish Nation during Tribal Journeys.

I’m a proud voting member of the Algonquin Nation.

Business owner with NISA for 27 years.  NISA is the oldest Internet based company in Nanaimo and the only one to remain in business since the start of commercial activity on the Internet.  This is because we planned for the future changes we saw happening in the industry and evolved our business plans to accommodate those changes. NISA has developed strong relationships with our clients and continues to this day.

My most recent business adventure is starting up WaveMaker Press.  An indigenous owned publishing company that specializes in Indigenous Children’s Stories. We recently published our third Children’s book.  We are a “Born Accessible” publisher which means we publish our books to be read by anyone with any reading disability.  Including ePub, Large print format and coming soon Braille.

Past Union member of Local 444 and Local 195 CAW over 11 years.

Married for 13 years to Beverley and we have 5 children and 6 grandchildren.

Volunteer Activities

  1. President for 7 years for the United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island.
  2. President of the Nanaimo Daybreak Rotary Club for two separate terms Rotarian for 21 years.
  3. President of the Nanaimo Executives Association for one term member for 18 years.
  4. United Way representative on the City of Nanaimo Grants Advisory Committee for 5 years.
  5. Co-chair for Main Stage, a province wide theatre competition held in Nanaimo.
  6. Chair of the Nanaimo Executives Association International Conference held in Nanaimo.
  7. Board member of the Chamber of Commerce for four years member for over 20 years.
  8. Founding Administrator for the Facebook group A Better Nanaimo.
  9. Twice travelled to Ethiopia to participate in Water Projects and National Immunization Days Against Polio.
  10.  Spokesperson for the No Vote 2017 Society organized to defeat the 2017 referendum on the $80M events centre.
  11. Board member for Makerspace in Nanaimo.

Positive change done in my community

  1. As President of the United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island, I helped amalgamate four United Way branches into one over a period of 7 years. This greatly increased the capacity of the United Way to provide services to Vancouver Island agencies from the Malahat to Port McNeil and west to Tofino. During this process the United Way grew from a $400K a year organization to a $2.1M a year organization.
  2. As co-chair of Mainstage 2008, I helped organize the most successful province-wide theatre competition/conference to date, with over 350 attendees staying in Nanaimo for a week. The economic benefit to the community was more than $1M.
  3. As the spokesperson for the No Vote 2017 Society, I, along with the rest of the committee, were able to defeat the Nanaimo Events Centre referendum in 2017.

Some things I like to do in my spare time.

I like to work on my Bonsai collection, make Native American Flutes, jewelry, leather Rattles and Drums.  I also work with my tractor on a local farm, paddle with my canoe family, drum and sing.

Contact Details

Working Together for a Better Nanaimo
Address
2237 Northfield Rd
Nanaimo BC V9S 3C3
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Phone & Email
250 729-5757
don@bonner.ca

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