Board Directors

Daniel Varga (Pres.)
Daniel VargaInvestment adviser Daniel Varga is President of the Foundation. Deeply committed to the community, Daniel has served as President of the Cowichan District Hospital Foundation and as a director of Cowichan Wheels (sponsors of the annual Wheelchair Rugby fundraising event) and the E.J.Hughes Legacy Project.
Lance Steward (VP)
Lance Steward, a leading Cowichan businessman, started the popular Just Jake’s restaurant in Duncan 20 years ago, and now also owns and operates Craig Street Brew Pub. Involved in the community, Lance is a past president of Duncan Business Improvement Area and is a director of Cowichan Wheels Committee.
Michael G. Coleman (Sec.-Treas.)
Michael ColemanThe Cowichan Foundation was the brainchild of Duncan lawyer Mike Coleman, a leading Cowichan citizen for the past 40 years.
As well as serving on Duncan City Council (including 22 years as Mayor), Mike was instrumental in the creation of such agencies as Hiiye’yu Lelum (House of Friendship), Cowichan United Way, Family Life, Big Brothers, Community Futures, Legal Aid, Cowichan Valley Bar Association, and the Cowichan District Hospital Foundation.
Cam Drew
Cam Drew, local businessman, is well-known as the popular master of ceremonies whose wit and humour enhances such annual events as the Heart & Stroke kick-off breakfast and the Cowichan District Hospital Foundation gala fundraiser.
Dave Ferguson
Dave Dave Ferguson, a past president of the Cowichan Foundation, was formerly Chief of the Cowichan Bay Volunteer Fire Department. Dave is the former Deputy Fire Commissioner for the province of British Columbia.
Gerry Giles
Gerry Giles is the former chair of the CVRD and served on the Kinsol Rehabilitation Committee. During her tenure on the CVRD Board, Gerry has served in a number of different roles but she considers her appointment to the Cowichan 2008 North American Indigenous Games Society as her favorite. Gerry has been actively involved in Cobble Hill and the South Cowichan community where she and her husband John have lived for over 40 years. Her contributions to community were recognized when she was honoured with the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal along with being presented the prestigious Women of Distinction award.
Debbie Williams
Debbie WilliamsAs Executive Director of Hiiye’yu Lelum (House of Friendship), Debbie Williams oversees a broad and effective range of programs of cross-cultural awareness, parenting and social skills development.