James D. Gauer

Partner CPA, CA

James D. Gauer

Partner CPA, CA

James is a partner at Gauer Olsen who specializes in taxation needs for medical professionals. He works predominately with medical doctors, dentists and other incorporated professionals.

Articling in both Calgary, AB and Christchurch, NZ for Ernst & Young and Grant Thornton, he has gained valuable experience in multiple industries and client service. James’ work experience has been primarily focused in servicing professionals by creating solutions to increase profitability and optimize tax planning.

James completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Calgary and obtained bachelor degrees in Commerce with majors in Accounting and Entrepreneurship, as well as Humanities with a major in German literature and language.

After some time abroad to work on his fluency in both French and German, James also completed a diploma in French Culinary Arts. Currently, he is enrolled in the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada’s In-depth Tax course to obtain further expertise in advanced taxation.

Outside of the office, James is an avid gardener and chef. He bikes regularly to work to keep his legs primed for ski season, there is never too much powder! With a new family, he also squeezes in time to play his piano with his young son and daughter.

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Don M. Olsen

Partner CPA, CGA

Don M. Olsen

Partner CPA, CGA

Don is a partner at Gauer Olsen with over 25 years of experience in public practice. He has extensive experience in a broad range of clients including professionals, construction, manufacturing, retail and not-for-profit. His area of practise includes business advisory services, corporate and personal tax planning, estate tax, corporate reorganizations, purchasing and selling a business, research and development tax filings (SR&ED), and an assortment of other matters.

 

Becoming a partner in 2003, Don is one of the founding members in the firm’s line of partners. Instrumental in the direction of the firm, Don’s expertise has grounded the firm as a client-focused tax firm in Victoria for professionals and small business.

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Len Rawluk

Associate CPA, CGA

Len Rawluk

Associate CPA, CGA

Len is an associate at Gauer Olsen with over 35 years experience in public practice.  Prior to joining Gauer Olsen, Len ran his own accounting firm in Victoria, British Columbia for over 30 years.  He has provided a variety of tax and financial services to a broad range of clients, including personal, corporate and estate tax returns, preparing financial statements and tax planning.

Outside of the office, Len enjoys spending time with his wife on their boat, optimistically watching Vancouver Canucks and BC Lions games, and shooting Trap.

Dee Fitzpatrick

Dee Fitzpatrick

Bookkeeper

Dee Fitzpatrick

Dee Fitzpatrick

Bookkeeper

Dee has been with the firm for nearly 20 years. She studied at Camosun College to complete programs in Business Administration. Having seen the accounting and bookkeeping professions progress over the last two decades, she is always current on the latest software. Dee's unique knowledge allows her to maintain client files in a fully digitized form with the latest security protocols, as well as advise clients on the ins and outs of payroll and other bookkeeping matters. In her free time Dee is a crafty person, enjoys photography, researching genealogy history and spending time with family and friends.

Aruna Pace

Office Administrator

Aruna Pace

Office Administrator

Aruna is a true Vancouver Islander, having been raised in Victoria and living most of her life here.  She has over 17 years experience as a Medical Office Assistant for ophthalmologists. In her prior position she kept a busy office running at full capacity, and now looks forward to devoting her efforts to Gauer Olsen and its valued clients. Aruna studied at Sprott Shaw College in the Medical Office Assistant (MOA) program. She has been an active member of the Quadra Village community for most of her life and is a mom to two grown children who have now flown the coop. In her free time, she greatly enjoys playing disc golf & baseball, reading a good book, and spending time with friends, family, and her cat, Penny. 

Diana Yaworski

Office Administrator

Diana Yaworski

Office Administrator

Diana is recently semi-retired after over 30 years in the medical community as a personal assistant to a Gastroenterologist.  Graduated with a Bachelor of Teaching from Brandon University with a double major of Child Psychology and Old English Literature.  She taught for 3 years in Castlegar, B.C before taking a year to live and travel in Guatemala.  Other experience over the years with Investors Syndicate in Brandon and Calgary and an accounting firm here in Victoria.  

She enjoys aerobics, walking, reading and travel and social times with girlfriends.  Diana is very fortunate to have time to help with daycare for her granddaughter and to have both of her daughters living close by here in Victoria to share and spend time with.   

Erika Tyree

Senior Accountant CPA, CGA

Erika Tyree

Senior Accountant CPA, CGA

Erika is a senior accountant at Gauer Olsen with over 8 years of experience in public practice. She studied at the University of Victoria where she received an Anthropology degree then went on to obtain her certified general accountant designation. She brings with her working experience from a broad range of clients including professionals, construction, manufacturing, retail and not-for-profit.

Outside the office she is a mom of three who enjoys activities with her children, such as hiking, camping, swimming, reading, movies and playing sports. 

Vivian Lo

Senior Accountant CPA

Vivian Lo

Senior Accountant CPA

Vivian is a staff accountant at Gauer Olsen. She graduated from the University of Northern British Columbia in 2015 with a Bachelor’s of Commerce degree in accounting and finance.  In 2018 she successfully passed the Common Final Exam and went on to receive her CPA designation in 2019. She has over four years of experience in public practice which brings with her working experience from a broad range of clients. In her spare time Vivian enjoy travelling and spending time with family and friends.

Parminder Kang

Parminder Kang

Senior Accountant

Parminder Kang

Parminder Kang

Senior Accountant

Parminder Kang is articling at Gauer Olsen. He studied at Camosun College where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting and minor in Finance. Parminder’s interests include medical professionals, small businesses and personal and corporate taxes. In his free time Parminder enjoys hiking, baseball, volleyball, weightlifting and spending time with his friends and family.

Trish Kennedy

Senior Accountant

Trish Kennedy

Senior Accountant

Trish is articling at Gauer Olsen. She studied at the University of British Columbia where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. Trish uses her problem-solving skills to tackle all sorts of issues. In her free time, she enjoys cross country skiing, volleyball, camping and spending time with neighborhood cats.

Amber Arnold

Senior Accountant

Amber Arnold

Senior Accountant

Amber is articling at Gauer Olsen. She studied at Camosun College where she obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting and a minor in Finance. Amber enjoys challenging work that satisfies her intellectual curiosity and allows her to utilize her analytical and problem-solving skills. In her free time, Amber is outgoing and enjoys going to the gym, fishing and camping. In addition, she likes to keep up-to-date on business news and investments.

Bill Draper

Staff Accountant CPA, CGA

Bill Draper

Staff Accountant CPA, CGA

Bill is a staff accountant at Gauer Olsen with over 30 years of experience in public practice preparing financial statements and personal, corporate, and estate tax returns. He studied at Dalhousie University, graduating in 1977 with a Science degree major in psychology as well as a Business Administration degree major in accounting.  He has an interest in business management, and somewhere along the way obtained a certified management accounting designation and still later, (battling a reputation as a perpetual student), obtained a certified general accountant designation consistent with public practice experience. Outside the office he enjoys trips to the Oak Bay Rec center for workouts on the stationary bike, cycling to work, cooking homemade pizza,  reading detective/mystery/sci-fi novels, and has an interest in vintage ukuleles, old turntables and vinyl records.  

Dylan Johnson

Staff Accountant

Dylan Johnson

Staff Accountant

Dylan is articling at Gauer Olsen. In 2017 he graduated from Camosun College with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree – Accounting major.  He interned and subsequently worked at a CPA firm in Vancouver. He is happy to be back in his hometown of Victoria. When not working he spends his leisure time hiking, kayaking and mountain biking. He also enjoys the companionship of his two dogs.

Amelia Farmer

Co-op Student

Amelia Farmer

Co-op Student

Amelia is a Co-op student at Gauer Olsen. She is studying at Camosun College and currently working towards a Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting Major. Amelia is an avid learner who is enjoying the practical work experience and learning the ins and outs of public practice. When she is not working or studying Amelia enjoys camping, hiking, and spending time with her friends and family.