The Volunteer Victoria Board of Directors is appointed by the Members of the Greater Victoria Volunteer Society at the Annual General Meeting. On June 21st 2016, the Society Members approved the following board appointments:
- Past President: Tracey Gibson
- President: Denise Lloyd
- Treasurer: Jeremy Rancher
- Co-secretary: Catriona Campbell
- Co-secretary: Laura Cox
- Katie Ganassin
- Chris Geater
- Jim Tighe
- Steve Pearce
- Jim Schneider
- Leslie Leggitt
DENISE LLOYD – Board President is the owner of Engaged HR (www.EngagedHR.com), a human resources management consulting firm with a focus on providing leadership to organizations as they create engaging workplaces. Denise is a certified human resources professional (CHRP) and has extensive experience working with non-profits, small businesses and large corporations. Denise has also served on a number of non-profit boards with local and provincial scope. Throughout her career, Denise has garnered respect for her skills and talents in providing high quality, leading edge services in a number of diverse and challenging settings. Denise has a strong network within a number of aligned communities in BC including the career development and HR industries, the non-profit sector. She is known throughout those communities and has a talent for developing quality relationships that allow her to connect people and ideas together, creating opportunities for everyone to be successful!
Tracey Gibson, Past President
Tracey Gibson is a 4th generation Victorian who loves living on the Westcoast and working with Rock Solid and and as a life coach. She worked in the nonprofit sector for 13 years, previously with the MS Society of Canada as the Manager of Development for the South Vancouver Island Chapter. Over the years she has volunteered with organizations such as TC 10 K Learn to Run Clinics, Bear Wear, & even volunteered for ECO -Challenge New Zealand. Recently Tracey received her Certificate in Executive Coaching and is passionate about helping people find their unique greatness. You can often find her at the beach or in the woods with her two children, husband and chocolate lab.
Jeremy Rancher is the VP of Finance & Human Resources with Tom Harris Cellular. As a Chartered Accountant Jeremy has worked with a number of local organizations to help find efficiencies, manage teams, and deliver great outcomes. Jeremy is member of Toastmasters and sits as a Director and the Treasurer and Finance/Audit Committee Chair of YMCA of Greater Victoria.
LAURA COX is the Customer Services Coordinator for Consumer Protection BC . Consumers Protection BC is a not-for-profit society. Laura has been 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 spent the previous six years serving the Government of BC. She completed an undergraduate degree in Psychology at UVic and other post-graduate training courses. She is passionate about running, hiking, and helping the community.
KATIE GANASSIN has been involved with Volunteer Victoria, and a coordinator of volunteers for nearly 10 years. She has volunteered herself with many organizations, including Big Brothers, Big Sisters, TedX Victoria, This is Vic, Atomique and the MS Society. Katie has worked for many years in the non-profit sector and currently manages Programs and Services at the MS Society, Vancouver Island Region.
Katie studied fine art, psychology and education at the University of Victoria and continues to be a lifelong learner, studying leadership, communication and coaching. Her passions lie in public service, social innovation and community relations. She is an avid cyclist, swimmer, outdoor adventurer and artist.
STEVE PEARCE is a Commercial Insurance Broker with Hendry Swinton McKenzie Insurance and a partner in Teamworks Athletic Supply and SVS Group. Steve is married to Alicia and is the proud father of two lovely children, Braedan 18 and Ashley 9. They live in North Saanich on Alicia ‘s family Dairy Farm. Steve is also an active volunteer and the published author of Dodger Goes to the Vet – A children’s story about Dodger who needed to go to the Veterinarian and his owner Ashley’s experience.
CATRIONA CAMPBELL has been coordinating volunteers for 27 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.
CHRIS GEATER works at Pearson College, and previously in Community Relations with Victoria Cool Aid Society (Cool Aid) where he provides communications, fundraising, and donor relations services. He was previously Volunteer Coordinator, Employment Program Director, and Acting Executive Director with Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society (VIRCS). Chris has been an active member and facilitator in Volunteer Victoria’s Emerging Leaders Network since its inception in 2010 and is a Founding Member of Friends of Migrant Workers. In 2012, Chris became a very active, engaged, and proud Dad.
JIM TIGHE Thirty nine years in the newspaper business took the Tighes from western to eastern Canada and back again, making Victoria their home in 1995. Jim was President of David Black’s newspaper operations on Vancouver Island, retiring in 2006 only to take on contract work for the United Way of Greater Victoria, serving as Community Campaign Manager for the 2009 and 2010 campaigns, and the Chamber of Commerce. Seeing first hand how critical community involvement is to making our area a better place to live, Jim is an involved volunteer in several groups.
Leslie Liggett is currently a consultant, working mainly in the human resources and business policy and operations spheres. Previously she spent fifteen years in post-secondary education, in co-operative education and career services and management, and prior to than worked mainly in the non-profit sector, delivering and managing training and employment services to adults with developmental disabilities, as well as managing residential and vocational programs and services. She volunteered with the Hong Kong Canada Business Association in Vancouver for many years, and then with BC Children’s Hospital. She has a graduate degree in English from the University of Victoria. Leslie’s passion is getting to know people, and enabling them to thrive, and to be the best they can be. At home, Leslie maintains a thriving food garden and orchard, and fosters rescued dogs. Leslie hopes to bring to the board of Volunteer Victoria a strong interest in policy and governance that will enable the organization to continue to thrive as it fulfills its mission, now and into the future.
Jim Schneider has been involved in the communications and business sectors for more than 25 years. He is Principle Consultant with ULU Solutions. Jim is an active volunteer in the community and has served as a Director / Campaign Chair / Media Chair with United Way of Greater Victoria and as Committee Member / Judge with the Chamber of Commerce.