Meet the Directors

Michael Kendler BOARD DIRECTOR | 1990 to present

I moved from Toronto after graduation and have lived and worked in Surrey for the past 45 years. I met my wife Joyce, in divorce court and we’ve been married for 42 years. Together we have raised 3 children. Joyce and I began travelling after our children left home. We mostly did bike trips, but also travelled to Tibet, Antarctica, Egypt, Galapagos Islands, Namibia and Myanmar.


In 1990, I was approached by Options’ then Board Chair, Trevor Armstrong; a friend in the legal profession and now a Supreme Court Judge, to join the Board. I suspect because he was told to find a replacement before he could step down.

The other directors, including Ken Holmberg and Lyn Policha made me feel welcome.

Over the past 30 years, I have served in various capacities, including 14 years as Board Chair. In addition, I have served on a number of committees for various terms, including the Finance, Audit, Housing Development and Constitution & Bylaws committees. A good argument for term limits!

I have stayed because I like the people and out of gratitude to Surrey, for the opportunities the city has given me.

India in November 2019 started with a few days in the southwest, in Kerala, then an organized bike trip, 5 guests (2 English, 1 Italian and us 2 Canadians), a guide, a driver and a helper. The tour began in Delhi, continued to Agra, then Rajasthan, ending in Jaipur. Along the way we stayed in 2 maharajas’ palaces, a national park and one night in hospital following a bike accident. After the tour, my wife and I taxied to Pushkar for the annual camel festival, then Udaipur before returning to Canada.

JOYCE & MICHAEL India (2019)



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