Campbell River accountant Derek Lamb has been named chair of the North Island College Board of Governors.

Accountant takes over as chair at NIC

After being reappointed to his seat on the North Island College (NIC) Board of Governors earlier this year, local accountant Derek Lamb has now also been named its chair.

Serving on the board at NIC, Lamb says, “is an opportunity to give back to students the college and communities across the region. NIC provides much more than just university transfer partnerships, courses and trades training. It provides opportunities for employees and employers across the region,” adding it is “an honour to be elected as board chair.”

The Board of Governors for NIC isn’t the only position Lamb holds within the community outside his office. He also serves as chair for the John Perkins Memorial Housing Society, which provides 62 units of housing for low-income seniors downtown. In that role, Lamb recently fought for a huge renovation to the facility, which was in dire need of repair.

He was also recently named one of Campbell River’s inaugural FUTURE 15, a recognition by the Campbell River and District Chamber of Commerce of those young professionals within our community who are making a positive difference and leading the region into the future, to go along with being named one of Vancouver Island’s Top 20 Under 40 last year.

Lamb takes over as chair of the NIC board from retired Comox Valley lawyer Bruce Bell, who had served as chair for two years.

NIC president John Bowman says he is looking forward to seeing Lamb in his new role leading the board into the future, saying Lamb “has served Campbell River and the NIC Board of Governors well since 2013,” leading the board’s Finance and Audit Committee and serving as vice chair. “We look forward to working with him in his expanded role.”

The board has also elected Jane Murphy, president and CEO of St. Joseph’s General Hospital, as vice chair.