Posted on Oct 17, 2022
The District 5040 Nomination Committee has recommended District Learning and Development Team Chair and former Assistant Governor Jan Gisborne, of the Rotary Club of Powell River, as District Governor Nominee Designate to serve as District 5040 Governor in the 2025-26 Rotary year. A 14-day appeal period begins October 17th and runs until October 30th.
Past District Governor and Nomination Chair, Lorne Calder, says: “The District 5040 Nominating Committee completed the interview process for the 2025-2026 District Governor position with some highly qualified candidates. I thank those candidates for stepping forward to offer their service to the District and all of our clubs. The Nomination Committee has recommended Jan Gisborne for this position in three years’ time, but, per our policy, we now enter in to the 14-day appeal period in which any challenges can be made by the other candidates or any District member to me no later than October 30th, 2022.” (Any appeals should be sent to Lorne Calder at
Jan joined the Rotary Club of Powell River in 2002. She served in various roles with the club including President in 2007-08. This year she is President Elect, preparing to serve as President next year. She has received a Paul Harris Fellow +5 pin and is a member of The Rotary Foundation’s Bequest Society. Overseas, in 2004 she participated in National Immunization Days to end polio in India, and 2007 in Nigeria. For seven years after that she served as the District 5040 representative for Polio Plus. She received a Regional Service Award for Polio Free World in 2010. She was a Pacific North West PETS (Presidents Elect Training Seminar) Training Leader in 2019.
Born in Nanaimo, Jan completed high school then earned an Arts and Science diploma from Langara College in Vancouver in 1977. During her career she served as a telephone and telecommunications operator and for 25 years as an Inspector and Registrar of Shipping for Canada Customs. She retired in 2002 and in that year joined Rotary in Powell River. In 1988 she married Stan Gisborne and they have two sons and two grandchildren. Jan and Stan own and operate a farm.
Jan has led a busy life in the community in addition to Rotary, in volunteer service and on boards and committees in the Powell River area, including the School District Parent Advisory Council, Junior Forest Wardens, Canadian Power & Sail Squadron, Westview Flying Club, Powell River Track & Field Club and Powell River Community Foundation.