Justine Semmens: President
Justine Semmens is a historian, research fellow, and teacher at the University of Victoria. In addition to her academic career, Justine brings strong skills as an archivist and heritage management professional. Justine and her husband have been residents of Vic West since 2008. She has family roots in the community, and has always felt a special connection to Vic West- where she has chosen to raise her family. Having been actively involved in the campaign to oppose proposed sewage treatment plant siting for Vic West in 2013, Justine remains committed to serving the community to which she feels so fortunate to belong.
Nan Judd: Past President
Nan and her husband Ron relocated to Victoria West over 9 years ago and shortly afterwards Nan joined the VWCA board. Since then Nan has served as president, vice-president and member-at-large. With 30 years governance experience in various settings—non-profit organizations, including community services, school board and a strata council—Nan thoroughly enjoys contributing to the Victoria West community through the work she does with the association . Nan recently retired after a career in career and employment services.
Mike Medland: Treasurer
Mike has been a resident of Victoria West for the past 8 years and has been the association treasurer for the past 4 years and the Vice-President for the past year. Mike has also served on the Land Use Committee from 2007-2009 and on the Community Centre Committee since 2011. Other board experience includes serving as President of his strata corporation for the past 8 years. Mike is a professional accountant, and believes the community association needs the support of engaged citizens
John Mullane: Chair, Harbour Committee
John has been a resident of Victoria West since 2002. John served on the VWCA Board of Directors from 2005-2009 during which time he chaired various committees. This past year John represented the VWCA in the public realm design charrette process for the approaches to the new Johnson Street Bridge. Currently, John represents the VWCA on the Victoria West Neighbourhood Plan advisory committee that supports the engagement of the broader community and serves as a sounding board for ideas generated through the planning process. John has also served on his strata council, including a term as president, and has built up contacts with other strata organizations in the Songhees.
Dar Purewall: Communications Committee Chair
Dar is a member of the VWCA Board of Directors and currently responsible for Chairing the Communications Committee. His interest in volunteering with the community association stems from his interest in local government and community affairs. Dar has a keen interest in what goes on at the community and regional level. As a person with long history in Vic West, Dar continues to play a role in our community’s transition. He especially appreciates Vic West’s unique heritage, natural features, and social diversity.
Supriya Crocker: Secretary
Supriya Crocker is a certified music therapist and music educator. She and her husband Mark moved from Calgary to VicWest in 2008, and have been revelling in the beauty and lifestyle of Victoria. Currently, in raising their two young children, Supriya is excited to see the presence of young families burgeoning in the neighbourhood. She is passionate about supporting families, fostering amenities/programming for children, and building intergenerational connection. Having skills in communication, networking and program implementation and with a drive for building strong community, Supriya looks forward to deepening her relationship with VicWest as a member on the VWCA board.
Susan Morrow: Chair, Governance Committee
Susan and her husband have lived in Vic West since February, 2016. She spent most of her adult life in Winnipeg, where she was a volunteer Director with the YMCA/YWCA and a volunteer physiotherapist with Siloam Mission. Her professional background is in healthcare, and she currently works for Island Health as a Director of Quality Improvement and Patient Safety. She and her husband share a love of the outdoors and appreciate the many communal green spaces and walkways in Vic West.
Susan has a strong belief in the importance of community connection as a means to improve quality of life for people who live in proximity to one and another. Community centres like the VWCC area visible space where people gather for various activities, and VWCA is a virtual space where ideas are shared and developed. The Vic West community is also part of the larger Victoria community, and needs to have a voice in dialogues between communities as this urban area develops and grows.
Nick Van Buren: Chair, Projects and Events
Nick is a new member of the Victoria West Community Association. He is passionate about building community through events and placemaking. For Nick, the real value of community comes from the connection experienced through random interactions of daily life. He believes that good quality community events and projects can turn these random interactions into deeper connections and community relationships. Nick has spent most of his 20’s as an entrepreneur in fields ranging from manufacturing to event planning and adventure tourism. Having just sold his most recent business, he has been given the opportunity of time and wishes to dedicate some of this time to his new community in Victoria West.
Mark Dickerson: Food Security Collective Liaison/Chair, Parks and Environment
I have lived in Vic West since 2011 with my spouse, Wayne Van Tassel. We moved to Victoria from Minnesota in 2006. Since moving to the city I have worked at GardenWorks on Blenkinsop Rd. I ran the tree & shrub department. I have worked in Horticultural Field for 12 years. In the past worked as a Park Interpreter at a State Park, an educational instructor at an Environmental Camp and as Primary Counsellor at Correctional Home for Boys. At the Environmental Centre I had the amazing time managing a 12 dog sled team. I love my neighbourhood and have amazing neighbours. Better than I ever could have expected. I injured my back at have been on LTD, since August 2015. That has given me the time to give back to my neighbourhood. I am currently my street’s Block Watch Captain. I am part of the City’s Planning committee for the future of Vic West. Now, I have stepped up to not only to become a Director of the Association, but also the Committee Chair for Parks And Environment and the Liaison to the Food Security Initiative. I am honoured to be a part of such an impressive neighbourhood.
Sean Dance: Chair, Land Use
President: Justine Semmens
Treasurer: Mike Medland
Secretary: Supriya Crocker
Past President: Nan Judd
Chair, Land Use: Sean Dance
Chair, Harbour: John Mullane
Chair, Governance: Susan Morrow
Chair, Communications: Dar Purewell
Food Security Collective Liaison/Chair, Parks and Environment Committee: Mark Dickerson
Chair, Projects and Events: Nick Van Buren
Chair, Transportation: Vacant