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Mario Siciliano has let Saanich Volunteer Services Society (SVSS) know that he must resign from his position as Executive Director due to unforeseen family circumstances, but will remain in place until a new Executive Director is appointed. SVSS is now advertising to recruit the new Executive Director. See below for a link to the position description and information on how interested candidates can apply.

In his short time at Saanich Volunteer Services Society, Mario accomplished more than many people accomplish in years. He built ties to outside organizations and community stakeholders while successfully helping staff to coordinate several multi-organization programs. These included our short-term Heart to Home meal delivery program as well as a United Way BC and Beacon Community Services program to provide vulnerable Saanich residents with 72 hour emergency kits. In addition he supported staff to transition the organization into a larger scale footprint to serve more members of our Saanich community

Saanich Volunteer Services Society and its staff will sorely miss Mario's help to positively impact the Saanich community. We do hope he may one day return, at least for a coffee and maybe for volunteering!

If you may be interested in this position please apply using the link below. If you know people who may fit this position, please spread the word to your friends and neighbours that our small but mighty Society needs another executive director to fill Mario's position (and boots).

Bryan Vermeeren, Board Vice President

Passionate about market development, managing projects and building teams, Bryan is excited to help enhance the quality of life for Saanich residents.

Bryan studied Business Administration at the University of Victoria and recently completed the Masters certificate in Project Management through UVIC's executive education program. His volunteer background ranges from coaching, to team building, to event support. He's excited to continue working with the Board of Saanich Volunteer Services Society to foster community improvements for all.

In his free time Bryan enjoys travel, sailing, surfing and cycling. As a new member of the board Bryan is keen to meet volunteers and clients of the SVSS, so feel free to reach out and say hello!

Jane is honoured to support SVSS by serving as Vice President on the Board of Directors.

Jane has 25 years' experience working for non-profit organizations and post-secondary educational institutions in Edmonton. She has served as executive director, fundraiser, special events planner, and volunteer manager at a local, provincial and federal level. As capital campaign director, Jane raised $20.0M for a multi-court sport facility and lead a $14.0M capital campaign toward the building of a humane society. She has served as volunteer on several non-profit boards and has taught board governance through a local college.

Jane and her husband Greg moved from Edmonton to Victoria in 2015 to be closer to extended family and to enjoy all that Vancouver Island has to offer. Her happiest times are spent exploring the Island, traveling overseas, reading, and hiking the beautiful Saanich area parks with her dogs, Huxley and Lily.

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