CHR (Community Housing and Resources) is pleased to welcome Les and Sandy Boyle to its Board of Directors. The Boyles have been an active part of the island community for the past 15 years, volunteering for several organizations including the Kiwanis Club of Sanibel-Captiva Islands, Solutions to Avoid Red Tide, the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation, the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge Society, CROW, and F.I.S.H.
“Les and Sandy bring a wealth of experience to CHR’s board,” said CHR board president Richard Johnson. “Whether through their business activities or volunteerism, they know the island, its people, and its culture, and they agree that providing affordable housing for full-time island workers enhances the community through service and diversity.”
Les and Sandy Boyle both hail from the state of Indiana, where Les started a marketing and communications firm that became the state’s 6th largest ad agency. After 30 years of business success, he sold the company and moved to Sanibel where he and Sandy had vacationed since the 1980s. For fun, Les took a job with Captiva Cruises where he eventually obtained a 50-ton Coast Guard Captain’s license.
Sandy worked as director of accounting for Les’ firm until they sold it. After moving to Sanibel, Sandy obtained a real estate license and now works with Pfeifer Realty Group. She also convinced Les to get into the business, so they work in real estate as a team.
“When you become a part of Sanibel Island,” Les Boyle said, “you quickly see that there is a huge amount of giving and volunteerism that takes place here. There are great island organizations that help protect our wildlife and their habitat; there are some great organizations that help provide people with food, financial assistance, and counseling for a wide variety needs. But there is only one organization that helps provide shelter for people who live and work on Sanibel but can’t afford to live here, and that’s CHR.”
Les and Sandy Boyle want to help CHR to communicate its mission and its successes. “CHR is an organization that’s been in place for 36 years but has kept a low profile while helping hundreds of people of all ages to have a better life,” he noted. “Sandy and I believe in CHR’s mission and want to try to do our part to help CHR to be better known so that it can help more people and continue to be a vital part of this community.”