Board of Directors

The Volunteer Victoria Board of Directors is appointed by the Members of the Greater Victoria Volunteer Society at the Annual General Meeting. On June 19th 2018, the Society Members approved the following board appointments:

  • Secretary: CATRIONA CAMPBELL has been coordinating volunteers for more than 30 years in a wide variety of milieus ranging from education, opera/costume making,  organizing workshops, events,  horticultural activities, dragon boat team ending up at the James Bay Community Project, a  community health centre.  For these many years, she has had a wonderful time working with hundreds of dedicated interesting people of all ages, skills, abilities and diverse backgrounds, encouraging them to participate in new activities, develop new skills, take on tasks they didn’t think they could do and having the satisfaction of participating in their personal growth and community connections.
  • Director: GLENYS CAVERS  has served on Beacon Community Services’ senior management leadership team since 2006, in her capacity as the Director of Beacon’s 7 volunteer-run Thrift Shops. In 2013, she added the SHOAL Centre to her portfolio, where Beacon, a local charity, operates a Seniors Community Centre that serves over 1,000 members and thousands of community members who participate in drop-in programs and events, and also runs a commercial kitchen and public dining room. Additionally, the centre houses Beacon’s Volunteer Services program — under Glenys’s leadership, that program supports over 550 volunteers serving more than 2,500 clients, and a Beacon Youth Employment Program that connects more than 200 teens with training, work, and volunteer opportunities. Glenys holds a Bachelor of Physical Education degree from McMaster University and spent over 20 years as a professional swim coach in Ontario prior to moving to Victoria in 2001. She has been a lifelong volunteer and is from a family of volunteers. She believes in giving back to her community and has done so for the past 40 + years through a wide range of school, sport and community organizations.
  • Co-President: LAURA COX is the Manager, Licensing and Information Services at Consumer Protection BC – a not-for-profit corporation. Laura was a member of GIVE, an employee-driven volunteer program for Consumer Protection BC which creates and manages fundraising events within the organization and assists with policies and procedures. She completed an undergraduate degree in Psychology at UVic and other post-graduate training courses in leadership. She is passionate about running, hiking, and helping the community. 
  • Director: JULIA DAWSON loves to engage and support people as they give of their time and skills to volunteer work. Her experience includes more than years as a volunteer coordinator with Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary and at Our Place Society, where she successfully managed a program involving over 300 volunteers. Julia is also a volunteer, giving time to Reynolds High school where her two children attend and serving on music and arts teams at Emmanuel Baptist church where her husband of 21 years is on staff.
  • C0-President: KATIE GANASSIN  has worked for many years in the non-profit sector and currently manages Community Services for BC and Yukon at the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. She is also the co-president at Volunteer Victoria, and has volunteered with many organizations, including Innovative Communities, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, TedX Victoria, This is Vic, Atomique and the MS Society. Katie is currently attending Royal Roads University where she will complete her Masters in Leadership with a health specialization in 2019. She studied fine art, psychology, and education at the University of Victoria and will continue to be a dedicated and lifelong learner. Her passions lie in public service, health and wellness, social innovation and community relations. She is an avid cyclist, swimmer, outdoor adventurer, and artist (with her current love lying at the pottery studio).
  • Director: EMMA KIRKLAND and her young family moved to Victoria from the lower mainland. Emma followed in a family tradition and worked in the audit and accounting field before finding her passion working for non-profits. Emma currently works as the Development Coordinator for the Arthritis Society of BC.
  • Director: TINA LOWERY. Tina works hard to meet and exceed expectations in every role, challenge, or project she takes on. Tina worked in the museum and heritage sector for many years before becoming a volunteer management professional. Tina is currently the Regional Coordinator of Volunteers for BC Cancer Agency. She is also completing a Master’s in Community Development at the University of Victoria.
  • Treasurer: BRENDA MACFARLANE is an Associate Portfolio Manager with MD Private Investment Counsel. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Management from the University of Toronto and an MBA from Wilfred Laurier University. She holds Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), Chartered Investment Manager (CIM®) and Elder Planning Counselor (EPC) designations. Brenda is also a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI). Brenda is married with two children. Outside of work, she enjoys staying active by training for charity runs and learning new languages.
  • Director: DON MONSOUR is an advocate for community involvement. Don has enjoyed participating and leading organizations in achieving their goals. While working with profit and not for profit organizations for over 45 years in several key initiatives he has developed a strong understanding of the rules and regulations that govern many boards and committees. As a leader of volunteer groups made up of individual personalities and objectives, he has successfully managed challenging goals and budgets and helped to raise close to 2 million dollars for not for profit associations. This experience, coupled with his business background, has provided Don with the ability to work within board guidelines helping to achieve the strategic goals and direction as set by the board. Don truly believes that understanding the dynamics and chemistry that exists on a board is vital in supporting a board successful outcome.
  • Director: CALE STERLOFF was born and raised in Vancouver and received his Bachelor Degree in Economics from the University of Victoria after transferring from Miami Dade Florida. Cale and his wife Anna have a busy household of four young boys and can all be regularly seen at one of the local ice rinks. He has been in the financial sector for over 12 years in both Management and Advisory roles. One year ago, Cale joined the Commercial team of Island Savings Credit Union. During Cale’s 17 years in Victoria he has been actively involved in serving community councils, charity board positions and regularly volunteers his time to various organizations.