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 7.
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 and 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
Lauren Clavora – Secretary/Treasurer
Lauren is a Chartered Accountant and is the Controller at Andrew Sheret Limited, a wholesaler of plumbing and heating supplies. Lauren has volunteered with various charities and non-profit organizations. She is passionate about her career and is privileged to give back to the community by using the skills she has acquired through her studies and work experience. Lauren enjoys staying active and feels strongly about building and sustaining a healthy community.
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.
Joanne has a long family history in James Bay as her grandmother was born on a farm here in 1888. Retired from the Ministry of Health she has, over the years, been involved with the Greater Victoria Library Board, President/Board member Victoria Operatic Society, Charter member of the Royal Oak Rotary Club, Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and many other organizations. At present she is a volunteer in the JBCP library and with JBCP’s partner agency Capital City Volunteers. Joanne’s interests include: lawn bowling, art, theatre, singing, travel and of course volunteering. She looks forward to being a part of the commitment of the JBCP to the community.
Jenna is an associate lawyer in the law firm of Cox, Taylor. Her practice is primarily focused on solicitor’s work including land law, general business law and wills and estates. She is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia, the Law Society of Saskatchewan and the Canadian Bar Association. Jenna is a past member of the Canadian National Women’s Rugby Team and has demonstrated a commitment and dedication to her community through her involvement with many charitable organizations and groups including 4-H.
Paul Green is the Product Manager for CanAssist at the University of Victoria. With a background in electrical design and specialising in power electronics he is charged with understanding the needs of the marketplace and 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 of 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.
George Jamieson – Past- President (ex-officio)
George is retired from the CBC where he was a producer, writer, and editor in the current affairs and news departments. His radio programs included As it Happens and The World at Six and his TV programs included The Journal and Newsworld International. George’s experience with community service includes a student-owned housing co-op where he was an educational volunteer, a director, and chair of the management committee. He has enjoyed volunteering as a cook for JBCP’s Seniors Connections Program for the last several years. His interests include music, writing, and reading fiction or history.