Board of Directors

Throughout her career, Rozlynne has been involved in initiatives that build and support sustainable communities – working with governments, communities, First Nations, NGO’s, business, academia, labour and economic sectors throughout B.C. She believes that it takes all our efforts and many different organizations and individuals working together to realize our mutual goals of healthy, resilient communities. She has an MBA and extensive experience in community development, business systems, HR management and workforce transition, strategic planning and policy and legislation. Retired from the B.C. Civil Service, she has lived in the Victoria area for the past 20 odd years, and is a (young) grandma of seven.

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.

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.

Barbara has been a long-time advocate for affordable housing and support services for inner city neighbourhoods.  She has volunteered as a board member with a number of community organizations, including Supportive Housing for Young Mothers, CHF-BC, Affordable Housing Association of Nova Scotia.  Barbara has a graduate degree from Dalhousie University and worked in senior leadership within hospitals in Halifax and Ottawa.  She currently works as an Executive Director with the Ministry of Children and Family Development.

Marley Gibbons is Chartered Professional Accountant and senior manager at Grant Thornton LLP and has had the great fortune to work closely with many local charities and not-for-profit organizations throughout her career.  Marley’s experience as a CPA has led to her advising in a variety of areas including accounting and financial reporting; assisting in developing internal controls and operational improvements; as well as helping to address challenges such as risk management.   She is very thankful for the opportunity to take the technical skills and experiences she’s gained in her career to give back to the community.  Marley currently also sits on the Executive & Finance Committee of the Royal & McPherson Theatres Society and past appointments include Treasurer of the Wear 2 Start Society and volunteering for numerous other community events.   On the weekends, you’ll find Marley out enjoying our beautiful island with her husband as well as their golden retriever Indie.

 

Tim is a lawyer and former James Bay resident. He practices with Pearlman Lindholm, at Fisherman’s Wharf. Tim has supported non-profits in Victoria throughout his career, both as a volunteer and as a board member. He has also regularly contributed to legal education. Tim is excited to be part of James Bay Community Project because of the scope and quality of its programs. He enjoys cycling and family time.

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. His past volunteer roles have been 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.

Kelly is retired and currently volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, the Victoria Guitar Society, Victoria Film Festival, 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.

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.

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.

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