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.
I’m a proud voting member of the Algonquin Nation.
Business owner with NISA for 23 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 to offer 50% discounts to not for profits as our way of helping those who help others in our community.
Past Union member of Local 444 and Local 195 CAW over 11 years.
Married for 9 years to Beverley and we have 5 children and 3 grandchildren.
- President for 7 years for the United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island.
- President of the Nanaimo Daybreak Rotary Club for two separate terms Rotarian for 21 years.
- President of the Nanaimo Executives Association for one term member for 18 years.
- United Way representative on the City of Nanaimo Grants Advisory Committee for 5 years.
- Co-chair for Main Stage, a province wide theatre competition held in Nanaimo.
- Chair of the Nanaimo Executives Association International Conference held in Nanaimo.
- Board member of the Chamber of Commerce for four years member for over 20 years.
- Founding Administrator for the Facebook group A Better Nanaimo.
- Twice travelled to Ethiopia to participate in Water Projects and National Immunization Days Against Polio.
- Spokesperson for the No Vote 2017 Society organized to defeat the 2017 referendum on the $80M events centre .
Positive change done in my community
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Relevant Training for sitting on Council.
- Attended two day long workshops on Board Governance organized by the United Way.
- Attended the entire Civic Leadership Series organized by OurNanaimo, Leadership Vancouver Island and the Chamber of Commerce.
- Attended the Canadian Labour Congress training session for Candidates in the 2018 Municipal election.
Some things I like to do in my spare time.
I like to work on my Bonsai collection, make Native American Flutes, work with my tractor at the farm, paddle with my canoe family, drum and sing.