Meet the Victoria West Community Centre Staff
Johanne Thompson- Manager
Johanne grew up in South-Western Ontario and attended the University of Windsor and earned degrees in Psychology (2000) and Music Therapy (2001).
She completed her Music Therapy Internship at Oak Bay Lodge working with seniors with various stages of dementia and became an Accredited music therapist in 2005.
She has worked in Social Services Management for the past decade, including a position as Director of Recreation at a senior’s residence, and Coordinator of the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre. She has also managed group homes for adults with developmental disabilities, and mental health diagnoses.
In her spare time, Johanne enjoys being on stage, and has performed in productions with the Sooke Harbour Players, as a Narrator in Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat (2010), and Mabel in Pirates of Penzance (2011). She has also directed productions of Alice in Wonderland Jr. (2012) with Sooke Harbour Players, and recently directed The Jungle Book for the Sooke Youth Show Choir.
Johanne is excited to share her love of music and community building with the Victoria West community.
Jamie Boyd- Centre Operations Assistant
Jamie was born in Calgary and has lived in over 30 houses in 6 different cities, the most recent being here in Victoria within sight of the Vic West Community Centre where he hopes to stay for good. His academic career includes elementary school in England, high school in Calgary, a B.A. in Political Science and History from the University of Toronto and most recently a Certificate in Environmental Practice from Royal Roads University. Losing access to the summer and winter playground of the foothills and Rocky Mountains west of Calgary is his biggest regret leaving home, but he would not trade it for living by the ocean. His work has included painting houses, selling skis and bikes, planting trees, driving a forklift, selling seismic data and managing network connectivity projects across Canada.
He and his wife Jodi got engaged on a kayak trip in Sechelt Inlet and were married on the beach in Tofino. The family now includes Keegan, 9 and Marlow, 5. Working at the Vic West Centre part time allows him time to work on his other roles as a stay-at-home Dad looking after his two sons, as an urban farmer trying to grow enough fruit and vegetables in the back yard to eat something from it every day of the year and as a recreation programmer trying to keep the whole group active by hiking, camping, canoeing and biking. Victoria has been home for almost 6 years, all of it living in Esquimalt and Vic West. Knowing that this side of the bridge was such a great place to live it seemed natural to want to work here and help keep this a lively and interesting place to be.