Terry Deakin

Owner & Operator

I love life and choose to help build a healthy community through my work, volunteer and lifelong learning. I have struggled with my own challenges during periods of my life. I appreciate the help and support of the many people who have influenced my positive life choices and led to my aspiration of helping others. I am proud to say I received a certificate of nomination for the “Courage to Comeback Award” for sharing my personal journey of drug addiction and recovery that has led me to be the person I am today.

I love my place in my large family of 9 siblings where I learned the value of family. I have three grown children who are married and several grandchildren who are all very special. I enjoy family gatherings, outdoor activities, action, and meeting new people. I love to learn and to share; I love the mountains and the sunshine – rock solid with rays of hope for a brighter community.

As a business owner, I believe in community involvement, sustainable growth, and economic vitality. I started my business with the idea that I would help people who in turn will help others and the community as a whole. I enjoy the challenge of being a business owner and look forward to ongoing challenge, change and success.

As the CEO of INEO, I oversee the whole operation, continually working on business development. I have a passion for small business and enjoy my role as Self-Employment Coach for clients in the SE program for persons with disabilities. I also complete Business Feasibility Studies for Worksafe BC.

I am a shareholder in an Alberta venture, High Velocity Equipment Training, where I enjoyed working through the business start-up phase with my partners, and continue to be involved as a Director.

My community involvement includes: volunteering with Excellence Seminars, Chair of the Board with the PA Family Guidance Association, and participant in various social planning projects. My past volunteerism includes the Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life committee, Chair of the Port Alberni Shelter Society, and a Self-Employment committee member with Community Futures Development Corporation.

I am a strong believer in continual learning and a supporter of the Human Service Worker diploma program at North Island College, which I completed in 2002 on the Dean’s Honor Roll with a Faculty Award for Outstanding Student. In February 2008 I completed the ‘Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurial Management’ program through the Royal Roads Faculty of Management Online program. Currently I am studying to get a Master’s Degree in Community Development through the UVic Online program.

It is the wonderful work of my staff that allows me the confidence to move forward with change and growth to support a healthy community!
– Terry Deakin