Dave Howe and Ina Timmer have known each other since grade school. Living across the street from each other in a rural environment, they grew up with similar values. The closeness of a small community coupled with the adventure of the outdoors, grounded them both with down to earth principles.
With Dave’s background in finance (he has a Masters of Financial Services) and Ina’s marketing expertise, they consulted to many resort real estate projects. As their work took them to various parts of the world, they realized how the reigning single bottom line approach to business has led to the many problems we now face.
Over the past ten years, they have researched and practised the ‘triple bottom line approach’, emphasizing not only profit, but also people and the planet. Teaching economic, social and environmental sustainability, knowing that a balance of the three is the only way towards a healthy future is their ongoing mission.
They agreed that education was the key to changing the world, and approached educational institutions. This led them to Royal Roads University, where they were asked to work with the Eric C.Douglass Entrepreneurial Centre. They began mentoring to the BCom learners, focusing on the triple bottom line.
Dave and Ina continue on this course. They continue mentoring students while also consulting to resort real estate projects, working with developers who appreciate that it is possible to ‘make a difference while making a dollar’.
Dave also started chopping wood a number of years ago. And he does it all for charity, for exercise, for doing good for a community that looks after each other. Over the years he’s attracted a team of choppers, a stalwart, loyal bunch, mostly retired and with an average age of seventy, who get together 2 or 3 times a week for the enjoyment and satisfaction of helping out. Plus the enjoyment of an Americano afterwards!
This has led to the creation of Greenangels Woodchoppers Foundation which has chopped wood and given back to the community to the tune of over $75,000 during the past three years alone.
Dave and Ina make their home on beautiful Pender Island, which is part of the Gulf Islands, off the coast of British Columbia.