Volunteer Victoria Staff

The Volunteer Victoria team includes 4 full time staff members, 5 part-time staff positions, a contracted part-time accountant position, and more than 100 amazing volunteers. We provide programs and services to our community and pride ourselves on creating a welcoming, inclusive, and responsive environment.

Lisa Mort-Putland, Executive Director

Lisa joined the Volunteer Victoria team as Executive Director in June 2011. Lisa holds a B.A. in Drama and a Masters in Public Administration with a focus on non-profit management. Prior to working with Volunteer Victoria Lisa was the Development Manager for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Victoria and spent more than 25 years working and volunteering in the museum and heritage sector. Lisa is a member of the Board of Volunteer Canada. Lisa provides governance assistance to organizations and is often asked to speak at conferences, events, and celebrations. Lisa can be reached at lisa@volunteervictoria.bc.ca.

George Colussi, Manager of Membership, Training, and Outreach

George first joined the Volunteer Victoria team in January 2014 in membership services.  George continues to work with new and existing members, leads the youth volunteer services team who deliver presentations to individuals of all ages and support the activities and learning journey of the youth involved with our Youth Engagement Team, and oversees the delivery of our training program. As George puts it, “My work at Volunteer Victoria is a powerful privilege since it allows me to link daily with individuals and organizations that are undertaking transformational work in community”. George can be reached at 250-386-2269 X28 or at george@volunteervictoria.bc.ca

Betty Leitch, Volunteer Services Coordinator

Betty joined the Volunteer Victoria team in February 2017. Betty is a certified Volunteer Management professional with a history of managing successful volunteer program in Victoria and Winnipeg. Betty holds an undergraduate degree in Economics and a Master’s in Environmental Sciences. When Betty is not coordinating our E-Link Newsletter she can be found volunteering for her amazing quilting group, travelling, and spending time with family. Betty can be reached at betty@volunteervictoria.bc.ca

Paulina Trejo, Volunteer Services Coordinator

Paulina joined the Volunteer Victoria team in August 2022. She has experience in education and coordinating volunteer programs. Paulina finds in volunteering a path to build human well being, collaborative work, and community sense. She is committed in promoting and supporting diversity and inclusion in volunteerism. Paulina can be reached at paulina@volunteervictoria.bc.ca

Volunteer Access and Mental Health Recreation Visiting Programs

Debbie Flint, Volunteer Access Program Coordinator

Debbie Flint joined Volunteer Victoria in June 2018 in the position of Access Program Coordinator. Debbie has worked as a specialist in mental health and substance use for more than 25 years.
You can reach Debbie at debbie@volunteervictoria.bc.ca.

Arista Marthyman, Mental Health Recreation and Visiting Program Coordinator


Arista joined the Volunteer Access team in April 2022 after completing a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Arista can be reached at arista@volunteervictoria.bc.ca

Youth Engagement Workers

Arista Marthyman, Youth Engagement Worker

Arista also works as a Youth Engagement Worker supporting the Youth 20/20 Can Program. She attended UVic for a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, and is passionate about promoting volunteerism and working towards global inclusion of children and youth. Arista loves music, sci-fi/fantasy series, research, and finding new places to hike.You can reach Arista at 250.386.2269 or via email at arista@volunteervictoria.bc.ca

Julia Harrison, Youth Engagement Worker

Julia joined the Youth Engagement team at Volunteer Victoria in January 2022 as a Youth Engagement Worker supporting the City of Victoria Youth Counsel and the Youth 20/20 Can Program. She attended UVic for a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and is passionate about volunteering and empowering youth. Outside of work, Julia enjoys the Island’s offerings with her dog, or volunteering at UVic as a Peer Support Counselor.Julia found a love for volunteering early on, and is excited to empower youth to explore their volunteer journey. As she puts it, “My mission is to unlock potential in Victoria’s youth, and help empower individuals to find the things that they are passionate about through the experience of volunteering.” Julia can be reached at 250.386.2269 or via email at julia@volunteervictoria.bc.ca.

Sharon Bidner, Sherri Hayward, and Mike Grivel provide amazing admin support to the Volunteer Victoria team.