Board of Directors

Rick Lennert - President/K.I.D.S. Co-Founder

Rick Lennert works for himself as a contractor and renovator. Rick has spent the past 36 years working as an builder, fisherman and a boat builder. Rick volunteers three to four months every year to assist children and families living in poverty in S.E. Asia. Rick also volunteers in his home community .

Rick Lennert

Adrianne Dartnall - Administrator/K.I.D.S Co-Founder

Adrianne Dartnall has worked in the Human Services field for over 35 years. During this time she has been a Counselor, Child and Youth Care Worker, Trainer, Program Developer and Practicum Coordinator. Adrianne has worked in Schools, Non-profit Organizations and at Vancouver Island University, formerly Malaspina University College, in the Faculty of Health and Human Services. Through her career she has served on a variety of Boards of Directors. For the past thirteen years Adrianne and her husband Rick have dedicated three to four months a year to assisting children and families living in poverty in S.E. Asia. At present Adrianne dedicates her time to supporting K.I.D.S.

Adrianne Dartnall

Paula Beltgens

Paula Beltgens has been a consultant, adult educator, researcher and facilitator in Canada and internationally since the late '80s. She has worked with community-based and government agencies, academic institutions, Aboriginal organizations, and with several United Nations programs, including the Department of Peacekeeping Operations. She has supported planning, learning and evaluation activities in a broad variety of contexts including gender equality, child protection, environmental protection, workplace safety, and mental health and substance use services. She has also worked with many First Nations communities on resource information management and traditional use studies for land use planning and educational initiatives. Paula was an associate faculty member with Royal Roads University for eight years and currently holds a position as a knowledge exchange manager with Island Health.

Paula Beltgens

Pam Botterill

Pam Botterill works at Vancouver Island University as Aboriginal Outreach Coordinator. She joined the KIDS Board of Directors in 2008. Pam has completed her Masters in Professional Communication at Royal Roads University.

Pam Botterill

Dave Francis

Dave is a semi-retired homebuilder, developer and investor. Dave has served on various boards including the Urban Development Institute, Vancouver Island Universary Foundation and the United Way. He has also fundraised for a number of local organizations including the Haven Society.


Dave Frances

Erin Gjelsvik

Born in North Vancouver and raised here in Nanaimo, Erin has strong ties to our community. She grew up participating in the Girl Guides of Canada program from the age of 6, and once old enough, became a leader and mentored girls for a number of years. Erin graduated from Vancouver Island University in 2006 and quickly earned her Chartered Professional Accountant designation just two years later. Erin is now a partner at the firm Johnston, Johnston and Associates Ltd., as well as a mother of two young girls. She joined K.I.D.S. in the fall of 2017, and is excited to be a part of our team.


Erin Gjelsvik

Liz Hammond-Kaarremaa

Liz recently retired from Vancouver Island University after 35 years where she held positions as Community Education Programmer, Manager of Educational Technology and most recently as Director of Research Services. She enjoys paddling: dragon-boating, outrigger, First Nations canoeing and kayaking. she just compelted a Master Spinners progream and does research into Coast Salish spinning and blankets. She lives on Protection Island surrounded by water and fibre.


Liz Hammond-Kaarremma
Robyn Kemp

Robyn Kemp is a retired teacher/counsellor from the Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district. She has served as a board director with the Nanaimo Child Development Centre and the Moorecroft Camp Society. Over the past 6 years she has focused on creating awareness of the educational needs of children in South East Asia and encouraging partnerships with youth, teachers and schools in our community. She has worked in the field on behalf of KIDS and has been a key-volunteer in the annual fundraising events

Robyn Kemp

Ashleigh Martinflatt

Ashleigh Martinflatt has worked in the social work and child and youth care field for over 14 years in British Columbia and Ontario. She has a Bachelors degree in Child and Youth Care and a Masters Degree in Social Work. She is a full-time faculty member at Vancouver Island University teaching in the child and youth care and social work programs. Ashleigh also works with children, youth and families in the community and is committed to the health and well being of children locally and internationally. She is honored to be connected to the KIDS organization and being apart of this positive change.


Ashley Martinflatt