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.
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.
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.
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
Laura Tate: Director at large
Laura Tate brings practice and research experience to the board, in urban planning and public health. She currently works with her partner on a green subdivision using site adaptive planning principles in suburban Victoria, while also providing consulting services. She has also recently completed a sole-authored book on progressive planning, called Post-rational Planning: A Solutions-oriented Call to Justice (Routledge, New York and London, due in June 2021). While conducting her research for the book, she taught urban planning and policy in the United States, as a Visiting Lecturer at Eastern Washington University in Spokane, and at the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. Before that, she worked professionally in Canada, at several Metro Vancouver area cities and for several British Columbia government agencies, including assignments as a Manager of Growth Strategies, Director of Aboriginal Healthy Living, as well as work funding community mental wellness and substance use initiatives in British Columbia. She has a doctorate in planning from the University of British Columbia, and has continued to publish in peer-reviewed planning journals on effectively using evidence and qualitative research. She has co-edited two other books: Planning for AuthentiCITIES (Routledge, New York, 2018), with Brettany Shannon; and Actor Networks of Planning (Routledge, London, 2016), with Yvonne Rydin.
Kent Verge: Director at large
Kent has been a Vic West resident since 2017 and really enjoys all the community has to offer, given its vibrancy, opportunity and continued growth. He became involved with VWCA as a volunteer on the Governance Committee and joined the board in late 2020. In his professional life, Kent is a consultant focused on stakeholder and government relations. He volunteers with a number of local organizations and currently serves as Vice-Chair of a non-profit affordable housing society.
President: Justine Semmens
Secretary: Dar Purewall
Treasurer: Mike Medland
Chair, Land Use: Sean Dance
Director At Large: Laura Tate
Director At Large: Kent Verge
Chair, Harbour: John Mullane
Chair, Community Centre: Supriya Crocker
Liason, Parks & Environment: Laura Tate & Jack Meredith
Chair, Transporation: Amanda Allan
Chair, Projects and Events: Veronique Plante
Chair, Food Security: Patti Parkhouse