Board of Directors

Meet our Board of Directors

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.

Andrew Gow: Vice President & Chair, Parks & Environment Committee

Andrew Gow grew up in Montreal and Ottawa, then started on a long trek to the west coast in 1989, with stops in Tucson, Edmonton, and Salt Spring. Permanently established in Victoria since 2016, and now retired from the University of Alberta, he is excited to have the time and energy to work with the community association on improving our local living environment.

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

Dar Purewall: Secretary

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.

Laura Floyd: Chair, Communications 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.

Supriya Crocker: Chair, Community Centre Committee

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.

Nihad McBride: Chair, Governance Committee

Nihad McBride is the co-founder of Acquence Solutions Inc., and a strategy consultant with over 20 years of global experience (Africa, Europe, Australia, North America and Latin America) in finance, corporate governance and business transformation.


Nihad gained experience with global Fortune 500 companies prior to initiating a management consulting career. Nihad led the establishment of a joint venture in the UK for the oil and gas industry in her 20s, and joined the board of a publicly listed oil and gas company in North America in her 30s. Since then, she has held leadership positions with multinational advisory firms, and provided advisory services to fortune 500 companies, publicly listed companies (Nasdaq, NYSE, and TSX), privately held companies, and public sector companies.

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.  John is again a Board Member now is in the third year as Chair of the Harbour Committee.

John represented the VWCA on the Victoria West Neighbourhood Plan advisory committee that supported the engagement of the broader community and served as a sounding board for ideas generated through the planning process.  He sees that Neighbourhood Plan as a living document that will continue to have input from the community.   John has served on his strata council, including a term as president, and has built up contacts with other strata organizations in the Songhees.

John represents the VWCA as a member of the Victoria Esquimalt Harbour Society which organization he serves as Board Secretary.  He also is the VWCA representative to the Gorge Waterway Initiative.”

Sean Dance: Chair, Land Use Committee

Veronique Plante: Chair, Projects & Events Committee

In addition to working as a realtor, Véronique enjoys volunteering for a variety of local organizations. She graduated from the University of Victoria with a Master’s degree in Anthropology in 2017. Her research focused on best practice during the process of repatriation. She looks forward to working with the Projects and Events Committee to bring exciting events to our community.

Amanda Allan: Chair, Transportation Committee

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President: Justine Semmens

Vice President: Andrew Gow

Secretary: Dar Purewall

Treasurer: Mike Medland

HR Commitee: 

Chair, Communications: Laura Floyd 


Chair, Land Use: Sean Dance

Chair, Harbour: John Mullane

Chair, Governance: Nihad McBride

Chair, Community Centre: Supriya Crocker

Liason, Parks & Environment: Laura Tate & Jack Meredith

Chair, Transporation: Amanda Allan 

Chair, Projects and Events: Veronique Plante

Food Security Liason: Patti Parkhouse

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