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.
Laura Floyd: Chair, HR Committee
Originally from the Saanich Peninsula, Laura lived to Ottawa after high school to study communications and work on Parliament Hill (as a page, a tour guide and an MP’s assistant). After accepting a job with the provincial government, she and her husband chose Vic West as the perfect place to start their family. The convenient location, beautiful scenery and local amenities were all big draws, but it turns out the best part of the Vic West community are the people who live here. Laura has enjoyed participating in the many events and volunteering at the school, and looks forward to bringing her energy and creative problem-solving skills to support the work of the Vic West Board. She is currently studying law at UVic where she is almost (but not quite!) the oldest undergraduate student.
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: Secretary, 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: Vice President
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 an 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.
Andrea Merrick: Chair, Projects and Events
Andrea has been a resident of the lovely Vic West for 3 years now. She is excited to begin giving back to the community she calls home. Andrea has been a registered nurse for the past decade, and has worked under many hats. She has seen the positive and direct impact that an active and involved community can have on its members. Taking on the role of Projects and Events Chair, she hopes to create events that bring out the amazing imagination and creativity that lives within Vic West borders, strengthening the pride felt for our community.
Amanda Allan: Chair, Transporation Committee
Sean Dance: Chair, Land Use
President: Justine Semmens
Treasurer: Mike Medland
Vice President: Supriya Crocker
HR Commitee: Laura Floyd
Chair, Land Use: Sean Dance
Chair, Harbour: John Mullane
Chair, Governance: Susan Morrow
Chair, Community Centre: Johanne Thompson
Chair, Transporation: Amanda Allen
Chair, Projects and Events: Andrea Merrick
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