Meet our 2017-16 Rotary District 5050 Governor Lindagene Coyle on September 6th!
Meet Lindagene!
Lindagene Coyle has lived in Vancouver, Richmond and Surrey since 1971, having emigrated from the USA. She has three children and three grandchildren.

She began her working life in Vancouver at Opportunity Rehabilitation Workshop, an assessment and vocational training centre for persons with disabilities. Her job was to contact employers to determine their willingness to hire persons with disabilities. She moved from that position to Douglas College in the counselling department as an educational planner.

Over the next 33 years Lindagene held several increasingly responsible positions at Douglas and then Kwantlen College. Lindagene retired from Kwantlen Polytechnic University where she was Vice President and was honoured with Vice President Emerita status. Currently she is on the Board of TALK-Third Age Learning at Kwantlen.

As an active community member Lindagene has sat on many boards including Richmond Chamber of Commerce, Business and Employment Action Committee of Surrey, Surrey Social Policy Advisory Committee, BC Labour Force Development Board, the Coalition of Visible Minority Peoples of BC, and Canadian Club of Vancouver to name a few. She was the founding (1991) and now current president of WPSE-Women in Post-Secondary Education and a Protocol Officer during the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Lindagene joined the Richmond Sunset Rotary Club in 2002 where she became secretary, treasurer, president, Paul Harris Committee chair and held other director positions. In 2012, she moved to the District 5050 Rotary Club of White Rock Peninsula, and was Assistant Governor for Area F. She was District 5040 Membership Chair; is on the District 5050 Membership Committee; is a faculty member for the Rotary Leadership Institute; was a PETS instructor and on PETS curriculum committee. 

Lindagene has been on three international projects to deliver wheelchairs and experienced the emotion of putting people in their first wheelchair: people who had spent years in a hammock or on a bed unable to get around. She visited Mayan villages to determine their needs and returned to see the difference a water tower can make to a remote community.

Lindagene is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, in the Paul Harris Society, and a Benefactor. She belongs to several Rotary Fellowships: Wine, Singles, Convention Goers, Gourmet, and International Travel and Hosting, Whiskey, as well as, the Action Group for Peace. Going to Rotary International Conventions (she has been to nine) and cruising are her favourite activities. She firmly believes there is a Rotary Club for everyone.