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Trustee Information

To contact the board of trustees by email:

Please note the link will also copy to the Fire chief and Corporate officer.

The Trustees also have their own website which can be found at

Together with the Fire Chief, the Gabriola Fire Protection Improvement District trustees provide long-range planning and oversight for our fire department.

Trustees are elected for a three year term at the GFPID annual general meeting, which takes place each April.

Who can be a trustee?

To be eligible to vote, or to be a candidate for trustee, a person must be eighteen years of age, a Canadian citizen, an owner of land in the improvement district and a BC resident for the previous six months.

What powers do the trustees have?

The improvement district’s Letters Patent, applicable sections of the Local Government Act, and other applicable provincial statutes outline the powers that can be exercised by the board of trustees. These powers include the ability to enact and enforce its regulations and charges, to assess and collect taxes, to acquire, hold and dispose of lands, to borrow money and to expropriate lands required to carry out its functions. The board of trustees exercise these powers through the passage of resolutions and bylaws.

The Letters Patent of the Gabriola Fire Protection Improvement District states:

The object of the Improvement District shall be the provision of fire protection and the acquisition, maintenance and operation of works, buildings and equipment for the purpose and all matters incidental thereto.


Current trustees:

  • Paul Giffin (Chair)​

  • Erik Johnson​

  • John Moeller​

  • Diana Moher​

  • Ray Appel

  • Charlene  Wells

  • Kent Moen

Trustee Bios:


Paul Giffin MB

Has  been a resident of Gabriola Island for over 20 years and was elected as a Trustee in 2019.

Presently retired, however  was involved in Emergency Response and Emergency Management on all 3 Canadian Coasts for over 50 years.  In addition has instructed First Aid Courses at the Provincial Level and has instructed and coordinated underwater recovery training and operations at the Provincial and National Level.

Paul is currently involved in the following in addition to trustee duties:
∙ A member of the Canadian Air Search and Rescue Association unit in Nanaimo. ∙ Holds the position of Regional Emergency Radio Representative for the Vancouver Island Region with Emergency Management British Columbia. Is the Emergency Radio Coordinator(Amateur Radio) for the City of Nanaimo and the southern half of the Regional District of Nanaimo which includes Gabriola Island. Is President of the Coast Emergency Communications Association and is responsible for the delivery of auxiliary communication during times of the loss of normal communications. This organization has 35 members with an area of responsibility from Nanoose to the Nanaimo Airport. Serves as Secretary of Gabriola Emergency Communication society.∙ Serves on a National committee of the Radio Amateurs of Canada to create a National digital radio network and develop training criteria.
Has been a member of the Gabriola Island Lunch Bunch since 2008.


 Erik Johnson  

Erik Johnson is a Toronto born resident of British Columbia since 1971. An avid horseman and a fan of rural life,  Erik has lived on Gabriola since 1990, with a secondary home in Nashville Tn. for fifteen of those years. He is a Red Seal Carpenter who was been in the trade 55 years as a curved staircase and high end finishing carpentry specialist for most of those years. He also has background as a framing carpenter, as a layout man and working foreman, and on occasion project superintendent/manager/historic restoration moulding design and install specialist.  Erik has pursued a parallel path since high school as a working musician, songwriter, arranger and Nashville recording artist. He has had numerous songs on the radio as an act, and has had success as the author of Jim Byrnes Juno winning hit “That River”. Several of his songs have been used in motion pictures. Erik is also the co-writer of “Vicksburg Call” and “Silver Cup”, the title tracks to hit albums by  blues great David Gogo. Semi-semi retired from carpenter, Erik is still writing and recording, while studying Black Gospel arranging and working as the lead guitarist for Canadiana band Snake Island Railroad.

John Moeller  is a long time Gabriola resident and entrepreneur. He has lived in the community for over 25 years and has been a GFPID Trustee since 2017. John has a background in finance and business development and would like to see the Fire Department continue to run efficiently and cost effectively.

Diana Moher  has been a resident of Gabriola since 1986. Earned their BA and worked as a paralegal in Edmonton for 12 years and in the Nanaimo school district for 31. They had various first aid tickets, training in SARS and Emergency Prep. They've participated in numerous community boards over the years; in addition to the Fire Hall they currently sit on Community Hall Board.

Ray Appel       (pending)

Charlene  Wells   

Volunteer Board Experience :

I have sat on 3 different Boards including being President / Chair of one.

 Work( Experience and Duties):

 -Registered Education Savings Plans-Consultant

 -Large Charitable Organization - Administration, Personnel, Finance including payroll, budgets,  bookkeeping, and Interacting with Volunteers from various backgrounds

 -Personnel Agency - Organization and People Skills

  -Retail Owner - Introduced a new Boutique to Winnipeg, Manager, Finance ( budgets & payroll), Advertising, Planning, Staffing, Planning, People Skills 

 -Medical Field - dealing with the Public who were often under Stress 

Kent Moen     Kent has been  a resident and business owner on Gabriola since 2008. After a 25 year career in retail management, in three provinces, he had the opportunity  to purchase Wild Rose Garden Centre. Kent has an interest in Community Service and has served in executive positions in Community organizations in the past.


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