Our Board

The Board is the Governing Body of St. George's.  It is comprised of Elders lifted up for their wisdom and spiritual maturity by the congregation entrusted to be its lay spiritual leadership, as well as the Treasurer and corresponding members from appropriate Teams/Committees.  The primary purpose of the Board is to discern the congregational Mission and Vision (“Ends”), and encourage its success through setting policy, cheerleading, as well as monitoring and evaluating results.


Kara Derma
Elder (Chair)

Kara was invited to sing  with the  St. George’s choir  mid-way through 2016 and has been singing at regular service ever since. Life at St. George’s has been instrumental to establishing “home” in the Valley for Kara.  Up until this point, Kara consistently had “itchy feet” always looking forward and thinking about  the next move.  Kara has had  the fortune grow spiritually and share her artistic life with St. George's.

Kara is multi-discipline artist, including graphic, painting, singing, and theatre design. She lives in Courtenay, with her partner Terry. She is honoured for the opportunity to continue to grow and serve church life on a deeper level through serving as an Elder.

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Joyce Wilson
Elder (Past Chair)

Joyce is retired from what describes as "the best job anyone ever had," working in Vancouver with folks who were chronically homeless.  Married to Peter, one adult step-daughter, two dogs.  Passions include social justice (Coldest Night walk, Comox Valley Coalition to End Homelessness, the Dawn to Dawn Action on Homelessness Board, Safehaven Refugee Sponsorship Group), gardening (surprising as she used to hate it), and long doggie walks.  She came to the Comox Valley in 2015 and was drawn to St George’s by the warm welcome.


Lindsay Sieber
Elder (Secretary)

Lindsay is a mother of 3 children (Ty, Lily and Frankie) and works at the Local radio station in advertising. She came to St.Georges in 2016 with her husband Matthew, and they immediately knew they were home. When not parenting or working, you will find her curled up with a book or out for a walk.


Laura Kovacs

Laura and her husband Keith recently retired to Denman Island, after many years living, working and attending church in the Vancouver/Lower Mainland area.  They enjoy the “island life” but also love to travel, mostly in their motorhome, and especially enjoy attending different churches along the way. Laura says she knew the first time she attended St George’s that it was the church home for them and noticed all the work that St George’s does for its own congregants and for the surrounding community.  She felt people here are very welcoming and active – and that there is a place for everyone!

Laura is excited to be a member, to be involved in some of the many activities, and looks forward to serving as Treasurer.

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Jon Pascoe

Jon and his wife moved to Comox in 2010 and he recently joined our church as a member. He felt a warm welcome from St. George’s and is excited to contribute.

Jon is a Fellow Certified Management Consultant and Chartered Professional in Human Resources - with a special interest in human resources, governance, project management and related areas. He has consulted in most provinces across the country, and in the Middle East.

In their spare time, Jon and his wife enjoy walking their dogs on Air Force Beach, and travelling to Cathedral Grove, Denman/Hornby and Quadra islands.

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Ellen Wise

Ellen was born in Cumberland, raised in Courtenay, and attended St. George’s as a child. She met her husband, Clint, 51 years ago in Ft. St. John, B.C., married, had two daughters and moved back to paradise. Then she was the Library Lady in Cumberland for 30 years, retiring 11 years ago.

Ellen has been an active member of St. George’s for 12 years, being involved in worship, the Pantry, Drop-in and a variety of other ministries.

She loves being a part of St. George’s and sees a wonderful, vibrant future ahead.

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Betty Anne Molitor

Betty Anne and her late husband Michael retired to Vancouver Island in 2004. She became a member of St.George's in 2013, participating joyfully in congregational care and welcome teams. 

A graduate of Sherbrooke Hospital school of nursing in Quebec, Betty Anne loved caring for families and their children born with malformed hearts, becoming a pioneer in the art of children's heart ultrasound. Betty Anne also loves to spend time with her daughter Elizabeth, son Andrew, and family.

Betty Anne is grateful for the privilege and help to serve as Elder as we journey along our Lord's path together.


Shirley Nieuwejaar

Shirley grew up with a sister and two brothers on a small farm in the Fraser Valley and enjoyed a large extended family around the Lower Mainland and Red Deer, Alberta. From her childhood she attended Sunday School and Church at a small United Church in Clayburn. Music and books have always been special to Shirley and singing in choirs was her quick entry point to Church in every community where she lived. Teaching was her chosen profession.

Egil and Shirley were married for almost fifty-six years and raised their family of two girls and two boys, for the most part in Royston. St. George’s has been Shirley’s Church home since 1958 when she moved to the Comox Valley. She has had the opportunity to serve in many ways and has been blessed by true friendship in this Congregation.


Jenny Millar

Jenny has lived in Canada since October 2003 having emigrated from South Africa with her family to North Vancouver and then to the Comox Valley in 2004. She has three adult children and a 3 year old granddaughter who is the delight of her life, and looking forward to a second grandchild due in November 2019. Jenny lives in Comox with her daughter Megan where they recently bought a house together.

Jenny works for the K’omoks First Nation and finds her job very fulfilling and interesting. She came to St.George’s as the church secretary in December 2013 and then started attending in 2014. Being part of the St.George’s “church family” is very big part of her life. Jenny was the Hospitality Coordinator and believes that being a welcoming church is integral for a church to flourish. She is grateful for the opportunity for serving St. George’s as an Elder.