Rozlynne Mitchell – Chair
Throughout her career, Rozlynne has been involved in initiatives that build and support sustainable communities – working with governments, communities, First Nations, NGO’s, businesses, academia, labour and economic sectors throughout B.C. She believes that it takes all of our efforts and many different organizations and focuses working together to realize our mutual goals of healthy, resilient communities. She has an MBA and extensive experience in community economic development, business reviews and organizational systems, sector employment and workforce transition, policy and legislation development, program evaluation and performance management. Recently retired from the BC civil service, she has lived in the Victoria area for the past 18 years, the last 8 in James Bay, and is a (young) grandma of seven.
Onkar Heer – Vice Chair
Graduating from Vancouver Island University with a Bachelor of Business Administration, Onkar knew he wanted to make an impact and help people manage and protect their financial well-being; he has been doing so for the past six years as a financial advisor. He currently volunteers as the Treasurer of the Birdcage Toastmasters Club, board member of the Victoria Chalk Festival, member of the Victoria Chamber of Commerce, and VP of Membership for Victoria AM Association
Loraine Lee– Secretary/Treasurer
Loraine is a long-standing Victoria resident and Victoria lawyer. She has more than 30 years experience working with the provincial government in administrative law and policy, and is currently is a legal member of the Mental Health Review Board. She also has a long history of serving the community and has been a Board member of a number of non-profit societies, including Kool Aid Society and Victoria Women’s Transition House Society. She has a strong interest in social well-being and community sustainability.
Kelly is principal and owner of Landworks Consultants Inc., a land-use and community-planning consulting firm. Kelly currently volunteers for the Belfry Theatre, Victoria Jazz Society, the Blues Bash and Symphony Splash. Her passions include being outdoors, travelling, reading, live music and theatre, culinary adventures, and change.
Mavis is an active and dedicated community volunteer. A retired public school teacher, after 34 years in the profession, she feels strongly about giving back to the community from which she has gained so much. Volunteering is a way of life for Mavis, not just an activity, and her involvement in the community is a reflection of that belief. Mavis has been nominee for Women of Distinction and received the following awards: Canada Day Award recipient (Inter- Cultural Association), Bill Broadley Teaching Award for service to members recipient (Greater Victoria Teachers Association), Volunteer leadership award nominee, AMSSA Service Recognition Volunteer Award. Mavis has demonstrated enthusiasm for, and commitment to the ideal of people of diversity working together to share ideas and to provide solutions to problems in an environment of respect and harmony. She possesses many skills which she shares readily with others in the fulfillment of her commitments.
Paul Green is the Product Manager for CanAssist at the University of Victoria. With a background in electrical design and specializing in power electronics, he is charged with understanding the needs of the marketplace and the assessment and articulation of the value to key stakeholders associated with projects. Paul has a passion for developing innovative technologies that aim to improve the well-being, quality of life and independence for people across the disability spectrum. He is passionate about cycling, good coffee, and family.
Philip Calvert – Member-at-Large
Philip Calvert is Canada’s former ambassador to Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. He served for 34 years in Canada’s foreign service, with 3 assignments to Beijing, the last one as Deputy Head of Mission. At Global Affairs he served as Director General for North Asia, Director of the Technical Barriers to Trade Division, and Deputy Chief Negotiator for Canada during China’s accession to the WTO. He is a Senior Fellow at the University of Alberta’s China Institute, and an Associate at the Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives at the University of Victoria. Raised in Prince George, BC, and studied at UBC, York University in Toronto, and the University of Washington.
Jane Hurtig was born in Edmonton to parents in the book business. She moved to Victoria in the late ‘70s to finish high school and begin university. The early years of Jane’s career were in politics, both in Ottawa and BC. She served in Ottawa as a legislative assistant to a Member of Parliament and in Victoria as a ministerial assistant to the Ministers of Social Services, Health, Agriculture and Rural Development. After transitioning out of politics and into the world of volunteer management, Jane went on to share her Canadian experience with political parties, civil society organizations and government institutions in Mauritania, Morocco, Pakistan, Haiti and Iraq. She managed both large and small offices staffed by local experts and funded by international donors such as USAID, Global Affairs Canada and the British Foreign Office. Jane returned to Victoria at the end of 2016. After participating in the 2017 provincial election, she set up a consulting business focusing on project management.
Joshua is a lawyer and human rights advocate. He is currently legal counsel at Sage Legal, where his practice focuses on indigenous rights, non-profit/charity law, and social justice issues. Prior to moving to Victoria, BC, he worked in Alberta, focusing on poverty law and access to justice issues with Pro Bono Law Alberta and Calgary Legal Guidance, and before that, he lived and worked in Nairobi, Kenya, with the International Commission of Jurists, doing international human rights work. He is also a volunteer board member for Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada, and does additional volunteer work through Access Pro Bono and Equality Effect. He is a former resident of James Bay, and his daughter was a big fan of the creative play programs at the JBCP.
Kathy St. John
Kathy St. John is a fundraising and communications professional with more than 25 years of experience in the non-profit sector. She began her career in the arts as a publicist, before moving into the social services sector in the mid-90s, beginning with the YWCA of Canada. In 2000, Kathy took on the role of interim (later permanent) Executive Director at Dying With Dignity. Kathy returned to the west coast (Victoria this time) in 2008 to take on the role as the first-ever Development Manager at the Belfry Theatre. Upon leaving the Belfry after six successful seasons, she enjoyed working with a number of non-profit organizations in the areas of revenue development, grant writing, communications and marketing, including Literacy Victoria, Open Space Gallery, Umbrella Society, Story Theatre, Victoria Film Festival, and PGI Canada, among others. Kathy has worked as the Director of Community Engagement for the Greater Victoria Housing Society; more recently Kathy took on the role of Executive Assistant to the CEO of the Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island.