Derek and Julie Sanderson, philanthropists and owners of the Island IT, are co-chairing the 2015 Victoria Masquerade Ball.
Together, the Sandersons have established a rooted connection in the Victoria and Greater area business community. Philanthropically focused, Derek and Julie are actively involved with supporting various community programs. Since 2008 they have collectively given over $420,000 back to the community through their philanthropy.
Proud residents of Victoria, they return their success in the community back to the community via Fundraising and donations. Having proudly supported Shaw Ocean Discovery Center, Young Entrepreneurs Society, Canadian College of Performing Arts, The Courtnall Classic, Victoria Symphony and Royal BC Museum to name a few. They have assisted charities in Greater Victoria and their efforts are recognized both at the provincial level by the Premier, and nationally from the Prime Minister.
Members of the Downtown Victoria Business Association, RetailCOP, and proud ambassadors of Victoria, The Sandersons felt compelled putting to use their connections and experience to helping the community they live in.
“Giving back to your community is the best way to grow and strengthen a community.” says Derek.
Derek’s experiences for work and travel have encompassed the globe, with work experience in Brazil, Europe, Saudi Arabia, Asia, the Orient, the UK and India.
Derek currently serves as Vice Chair on the Board of Directors for Tourism Victoria. Both he and Julie have owned restaurants and night clubs and Derek started out as a Chef.
Derek and Julie both serve on the board for the Canadian College of Performing Arts.
Derek was solely responsible for rebranding the Greater Victoria area on Trip Advisor to reflect Victoria Capital Region District, allowing for the entire region to be recognized under one destination. Prior to this, each area was under its own steam, and most tourists would not think to look for attractions like Butchart Gardens in Brentwood Bay etc. This is a significant financial impact to the region, and his work continues.
Derek and Julie have also founded Lekwungen Cultural Development Organization, working closely with Songhees and Esquimalt Nations, and the support of Chief Ron Sam and Chief Andy Thomas. Derek arranged a unique meeting with LT Governor Guichon and local mayors, and the chiefs, for breakfast on Aboriginal Day 2014 and tours of The Empress Hotel (which used to be the Lekwungen Clam gardens for harvesting) and both nations.
Work continues to build with plans for Canada’s 150th.
Canada’s Sovereignty is very important to Derek and Julie and they both proudly support Government House and the office of Her Honour LT Governor Judith Guichon. The relationship building between local First Nation’s and the community on their traditional territories is a key focus of the Sanderson’s.
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