Brenda joined Saanich Volunteer Services Society as Executive Director in August 2017, after retiring as provincial Director Community Oncology Network with the BC Cancer Agency. She brings 30 years' experience as an innovative, strategic Health Care Administration professional to her role at Saanich Volunteer Services, together with a BSc in Nursing, an MSc with a major in Health Administration and LEAN Six Sigma Yellow Belt certification.
Brenda inspires teams, cultivates relationships and works strategically to effect positive and progressive change. Through strong support and leadership, she established a Patient and Family Advisory Council for patients diagnosed with cancer, in her previous role. Building dynamic teams and maximizing their performance are her focus.
Brenda sees her role with Saanich Volunteer Services Society as a great opportunity to work within her Saanich community and be part of a long-standing, dedicated group of individuals who support Saanich residents living independently while enhancing quality of life
Through innovative ideas and collaboration, Brenda aims to enhance the positive Saanich Volunteer community profile that inspires our vision of a community of neighbours helping neighbours.
Linda is a social worker with more than 25 years social work experience working in community based non-profit organizations in Canada and Great Britain. She has a strong belief in the importance of community service and in the work done by non-profit organizations.
Linda is committed to providing quality service to SVSS clients and facilitates the monthly Macular Degeneration Support Group meetings.
Cherie is very pleased to join the team at the Saanich Volunteer Services Society as Coordinator of Volunteer Services. Cherie values teamwork, innovation, collaboration and commitment to community service.
Cherie has spent the last ten years working in community recreation at the Victoria Y, the Vic West Community Centre and the Cook Street Village Activity Centre. Through community partnerships and team work, she has helped develop these organizations into vibrant and inclusive centres.
Her experience includes program development including multi-cultural and inter-generational programing and working with over 150 volunteers. She is passionate about working with volunteers and believes volunteers are very generous people, who share their time and expertise to help make our society a better place. Cherie looks forward to meeting current volunteers and new volunteers signing up to help.
Cherie is a mother of three grown boys and when she is not at work she loves hiking around Victoria with her husband Richard and their chocolate lab, Rupert.
Nancy joined SVSS in June 2018 as their Coordinator of Volunteers. For the past 20 years, she has been engaging volunteers and raising awareness of their good works with several non-profits including Habitat for Humanity Victoria, Canadian Parents for French and the International Institute for Child Rights and Development.
From sorting books at the Times Colonist Book Drive to sitting on the co-op preschool executive committee and everything in between, Nancy is passionate about volunteering herself. She loves the people she meets, the fulfillment it provides and the new skills she learns. With a BA in Spanish from UVIC, and a solid working knowledge of four languages, Nancy has made it her mission to travel extensively. She has lived and worked in Spain, Germany and Singapore and looks forward to travelling and volunteering in many new international locations with her husband.
Sandi joined the Society in June 2016, with a background in media consulting, sales & marketing. Working with several nonprofit and not-for-profit Societies, as the Executive Assistant, Sandi brings her project management, membership maintenance and donor relation experience.
Her background also includes event planning and property management.
I am a busy mother of 2 grown children and 1 pre-teen plus 3 international home-stay students. My hobbies include cooking (luckily!), gardening and hiking (which is lucky for my dog who also loves hiking).
As a Bookkeeper/Payroll Officer, SVSS shares me with: Our Place Society, and Vancouver Island Strata Owners Association, and SoozSports (another Saanich based organization). I am proud to represent such an essential and nurturing organization as SVSS.
Also the gorgeous country setting of the office does something wonderful for my historical imagination. I love that it feeds my creative spirit which rarely gets a break in the midst of all this number crunching! Thank you SVSS!
Here's to many more years of service!