Board of Directors

Colleen Hanley (pn: she/her/elle) 

Strategic Planner and JEDI Consultant, Facilitator and Interculturalist

Colleen, our IDW event facilitator

Colleen is of Norwegian and English heritage, having grown up on the Prairies, lived in the Maritimes, the Lower Mainland and now in the Comox Valley with her husband. She gratefully acknowledges she is a guest on the traditional and ancestral lands of the K’omoks people. She retired Emeritus from North Island College as Associate Director, North Island College International. She also held positions as counsellor, community developer and instructor during her tenure at North Island College. 

She has served on national, provincial and community boards of directors, most recently with SIETAR BC, the British Columbia Council for International Cooperation and with the Comox Valley Global Awareness Network. She holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership, certifications in Intercultural Communication, International Development, Mediation, Negotiation and is a Qualified Intercultural Development Inventory Assessor. 

She had the privilege of working extensively for and with Indigenous peoples, and with students and business colleagues in South America, Europe, Africa and throughout the Asias and is committed to continuing to enhance her own cultural agility and sharing her knowledge with others.  She has provided strategic planning, organizational development and research consulting services for nonprofit organizations in the health, social services and education sectors.  Most recently she has facilitated with Comox Valley Global Awareness Network and currently with Valley Consulting.  

Colleen is deeply involved through InnovativeCommunities.org Foundation as a co lead on five projects with partners in the Maasai community of Makuyuni Tanzania.  She continues to seek learning, consulting and volunteer opportunities that create opportunities to engage in reconciliation, community development and transformational justice locally and internationally. She has committed yoga and meditation practices, gardens avidly and enjoys travel that gets her outside of her cultural comfort zone.