About Us

Focused on Your Needs
Who We Are and What We Do

Proudly serving Nanaimo and the surrounding area since 1933, Sands Funeral Chapel Nanaimo will help you customize your arrangements, while respecting your faith, taste and budget. You can feel confident putting your trust in our compassionate professionals.

When you visit,  you can expect to find the highest standards, a beautiful comforting funeral home and a caring trusting staff on at all times whether it be before or after death occurs.

We are proud to be a part of this community. We support a wide range of charitable and service groups, including Food Bank of Canada, Meals on Wheels, Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce, Hospice and the Rotary. We are honoured to host a series of free memorial services throughout the year, along with a popular Photos with Santa event during the holiday season.

Our Staff

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General Manager Iain Smith

Iain began his career in funeral service with Sands Nanaimo in 2000. Upon completion of his apprenticeship in 2004, Iain moved to Sands Victoria to assume the role of Assistant Manager. In 2006 Iain accepted his first management role and moved to Avalon Surrey Funeral Home. In 2008 Iain moved back to Nanaimo to assume the role of Manager for the Sands branch. In 2010, Iain was again promoted to General Manager of Sands Funeral Chapels of Vancouver Island. Iain works with the multi-media team at The Meeting Place Church in Nanaimo, has been the Sgt-At-Arms of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 10 for 5 years, and the Security Officer for the Mid-Vancouver Island Chapter of Bikers Against Child Abuse. Iain is an avid golfer and motorcyclist and enjoys spending time with his wife Sarah and their two children Haden and Faith.


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In-house Chef Michael Williams

Born and raised in Victoria and a chef since graduating the Camosun Culinary arts program in 2002, Michael has trained at some of the area’s finest establishments including The Aerie Resort on the Malahat. After travelling to many wonderful places including an 15-month stint in Switzerland to learn his craft, Michael came home to re-establish his roots. He has been catering to and teaching Victoria his tantalizing and nutritious creations and has made a name for himself on TV as the “Island Chef”. Working in unison with local farmers and purveyors, Michael builds his cuisine with health and vitality in mind while making it taste amazing.

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Florist Erin from Petals Plus Floral Design

Having worked in the floral industry for almost a decade Erin brings all her passion and expertise when designing custom arrangements for our numerous clients. After taking over Petals Plus Floral Design in 2017 Erin has gone on to place fifth and forth consecutively in the Maple Leaf Cup; a National floral competition held every spring. Her real passion however is grounded in creating bespoke sympathy sprays and arrangements for all of our Vancouver Island locations. Using flowers sourced locally whenever possible, this Victoria native will be sure to support and honour the memory of your loved one with the unique displays she creates. Let flowers speak when there are no words.

Assistant Manager David J. Perry