Justine Semmens: Past 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.
Bronson Bullivant: Vice President
Bronson is a multi-disciplinary transportation planner with experience in both private and public sectors. Bronson brings his experience and skills in public engagement and strategic planning to the board. Bronson and his wife Paula have been residents of Vic West for 4 years and are hoping to continue to grow roots. Bronson hopes to contribute to both the Land Use Committee encouraging appropriate decisions and facilitating strong feedback from the community.
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
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Patti Parkhouse: Chair, Food Security Collective
Patti moved to Vic West in 1998 and began volunteering with VWCA in 2001 as a way to meet her neighbours. In 2003 Patti was one of five who started the Vic West Food Security Collective to cultivate community by growing and sharing food
Derek Pinto: Chair, Governance Committee
For as long as Derek can remember his passions have been community building and caring for the earth. Derek grew up in the suburbs of Ottawa. Raised in a stable home by loving, devoutly Catholic parents, he learned the value of true friendships built on service, sacrifice and trust. He took this strength of character from his home life with him to Peterborough Ontario where he attended Trent University. Graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Geography and a minor in Psychology Derek spent years exploring cultures and the planet, living and working in Guyana, Bolivia, India, and Mexico, to name a few. Derek has had too many jobs to list here. They range from white water rafting guide to Ministry of Natural Resources Science Branch media and public relations specialist to press secretary and handler for a national federal leader’s election tour to water treatment technician and university instructor. In 2014 Derek moved to Vic West where he owns a home with his wife Joanne. He is a licensed strata manager and is soon to own and operate his own strata management brokerage (all going well). Derek hopes to contribute good governance, community building projects, and environmental stewardship to the Vic West Community while living simply so that others may simply live.