Volunteer Victoria Staff

The Volunteer Victoria team includes 3 full time staff members, 9 part- time staff positions, a contracted part-time accountant position, amazing volunteers, and two office dogs – Muggins and Chaos. 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 learning events for Volunteer Victoria 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

Volunteer Access and Mental Health Recreation Visiting Programs

Corinne Mah, Volunteer Access Outreach Coordinator

Corinne joined the Volunteer Victoria team in August 2014 as co-coordinator of the Volunteer Access Program. She is now the face of the Volunteer Access Program in community as our Access Outreach Coordinator.After decades as a graphic designer, Corinne became an Advanced Teacher of Therapeutic Yoga, earned her Community Mental Health Worker certification, and has worked in Mental Health & Substance Use and elder care. To quote Martin Luther King Jr.: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ ” You can reach Corinne at corrine@volunteervictoria.bc.ca

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.

Mary Ann Snowden, Mental Health Recreation and Visiting Program

Prior to  joining Volunteer Victoria in May 2018, Mary Ann spent 25 years working for a Victoria-based not-for-profit where she held several positions at the senior management level. Her main area of responsibility included policy and program development and quality assurance. Mary Ann is a passionate and skilled paddler who has kayaked 100,000’s of kms, and is often seen with her beloved four-legged partner Muggins.
Mary Ann can be reached at maryann@volunteervictoria.bc.ca

Youth Engagement Workers

Meghan Soutar

Meghan joined the Volunteer Victoria team in July 2017, after coming into the office to learn about volunteer opportunities and deciding to apply to volunteer at the front desk. Currently she works supporting youth get involved in community service. She is completing a Bachelor of Social Work at UVIC. You can reach Meghan at meghan@volunteervictoria.bc.ca

Elyse Kornhauser

Elyse has made Victoria home after living, studying, and working in Toronto, Guelph, Whitehorse, and Edmonton. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts & Sciences from the University of Guelph with a focus in sexual health and is currently completing her Master of Public Health (MPH) at the University of Victoria. Over the past 10 years, Elyse has dedicated her time to supporting youth and young adults learn, gain confidence and make positive decisions. Elyse is passionate about the power of volunteerism to provide a safe space for stepping out of one’s comfort zone, discovering one’s passions, and gaining valuable employment-related experience, while simultaneous having a positive impact on the community. You can reach Elyse at elyse@volunteervictoria.bc.ca

Emily Donald

Emily is the newest member of the Youth 20/20 Can Team in Victoria. Emily moved back to Victoria in June 2019 after completing her undergraduate degree in Sociology at Dalhousie University in Halifax. As a Youth Engagement Worker Emily will be pursuing her passion for working with youth of all backgrounds and abilities to reach their full potential. With her previous experience working with youth in Summer Camp settings and through various volunteer organizations in Halifax she has experienced first hand how rewarding and exciting it is to empower youth to make a difference! You can reach Emily at emily@volunteervictoria.bc.ca

Cristell Solis

Cristell joined the Volunteer Victoria team in June 2018 as a summer student and has stayed to support our youth engagement teams. Cristell is a recent graduate from the University of Victoria.

Admin Support

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