Staff

Below is a list of staff at the James Bay Community Project.  If you are unsure who you should contact please call 250-388-7844 Ext. 0 or email askus@jbcp.bc.ca and we can connect you with the appropriate staff person.

250.388.7844 Ext. 311
Email: kkennish@jbcp.bc.ca

Kaye has a Bachelor’s degree in Education, a Diploma in Special Education and a Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management. Kaye has been a high school and special education teacher in South Africa, and in Victoria has had varied management experience, including as Director of Human Resources and Executive Director for a non-profit working with people with developmental disabilities. Kaye joined JBCP in June 2011.

250.388.7844 Ext. 339
Email: bvining@jbcp.bc.ca

Brian qualified as a Chartered Accountant in London, England prior to coming to Victoria in 1979.  Since then he has held a wide variety of professional and management positions in the private and public sectors.  During more than twenty five years in the Provincial Public Service Brian held numerous positions in the Ministries of Finance and Health. Brian joined the James Bay Community Project in July 2013.

250.388.7844 Ext. 333
Email: betterathome@jbcp.bc.ca

Megan Edwards is the Better at Home Coordinator at the James Bay Community Project. She originally hails from Nanaimo, BC but moved to Victoria to complete her psychology degree at UVIC and has lived here ever since. Megan has a long history of working with non-profits and specializes in accessibility/disability related issues. In her free time Megan likes to garden, read, hand embroider, and cook.

250.388.7844 Ext. 308
Email: klaver@jbcp.bc.ca

Kristyn Laver, the Coordinator of Volunteers and Community Programs, hails from Newcastle, N.S.W. in Australia and has lived in Victoria for more than 25 years. She’s worked at JBCP since 2015. Married to a Vancouver Island fellow more than 20 years ago, Kristyn has three children  (she started out at JBCP as a facilitator in the Family Centre). Kristyn likes to stay up to date on social issues and their impact on the community  and “to feel like I am actually making a difference is someone’s day.” She appreciates that her role at JBCP involves her in policy development and program details: “Watching the show go off without a hitch is very satisfying — whether that be food security for many or a new- to-the-country volunteer making connections.” Kristyn likes jujubes (she will share) and tells a story about crash-landing a hot-air balloon in France. True or not, it’s a great story.

Phone: 250.388.7844 Ext. 313
Email: nsmith@jbcp.bc.ca

The Family Centre came into being in 1991 thanks to the vision, hard work and commitment of many dedicated JBCP staff, volunteers and community members. Nancy’s first introduction to JBCP was as a UVic Child and Youth Care student and then as a parent attending programs with her young daughters. Honoured to follow in the footsteps of the amazing Family Centre team, she officially joined JBCP in 2008. It has been a joy to meet so many wonderful families with young children and volunteers over the years. Her role as Family Centre Coordinator is varied but her favourite part is connecting with families in any one of our morning playgroups. She is continually inspired by families’ resilience, kindness, and creativity in navigating the joys and challenges of parenting young children. When she’s not at JBCP, you may find Nancy in the forest or at the beach walking many of the beautiful trails around Greater Victoria with her family and friends thinking about how lucky she is to live here.

Phone: 250.388.7844 Ext. 309
Email: gbulosan@jbcp.bc.ca

Geraldine joined JBCP in the summer of 2021. Her background in professional writing, publishing and broadcast journalism began alongside her undergraduate studies at UVic where she completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Poetry. During this time she also discovered her passion for volunteerism and community. Over the years she has been involved with a number of non-profits ranging from the arts, the natural world, as well as humanitarian causes. As the Communications Manager she looks forward to supporting the Project in building community resilience in the James Bay neighbourhood and throughout the Greater Victoria area.

Phone: 250.388.7844, Ext. 312
Email: ngold@jbcp.bc.ca

Natasha has been working with James Bay Community Project since 2021. She has worked with children and youth for the past 14 years and has worked in various roles in Montreal, Toronto and Victoria. Natasha uses tools from trauma-informed practice training, creative arts-based facilitation, and body/self-awareness in our nature, with nature. It is Natasha’s intention to support youth in exploring their voice, to find comfort and acceptance in who they are, and to work in creating positive change within their communities. Natasha recognizes the intersectionality of youth work, social work and social justice; she weaves these threads through Outreach and group facilitation while continuing with her own personal learnings. Natasha provides 1:1 outreach services with children, youth and families, and facilitates a social skills group, Cool Cues, for ages 8 – 13. Natasha is also the cook behind JBCP’s Family Dinner Program, offering a free weekly meal to families within the community.

When not at work, Natasha loves to climb – trees, rocks and whatever else she can find. She loves playing games, being in the forest and hanging with her pup.

Phone: 250-388-7856 Ext. 318
Email: slaurie@jbcp.bc.ca

Sharon started her career in social services in Scotland over thirty years ago, graduating from Strathclyde University as a Social Worker. She continued training and studying at various institutions including Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, while being employed in the first Care Commission for Scotland. She continued to improve social services to participants and their families, by working closely with politicians, senior managers, practitioners, and participants to implement the (Self -directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013.

She immigrated with her family to Canada in 2015. She joined our team in 2018 and is currently the outreach worker for James Bay Community Project. She is passionate about helping seniors in the community, to build resilience and to support them to live at home for as long as possible. “Helping seniors in my community, and connecting them to programs and services, and developing strong relationships is the foundation of what I do.”

Out with work she enjoys dragon boat racing and outrigger paddling, enjoying nature at its best.

Phone: 250.388.7844 Ext. 0
Email:  askus@jbcp.bc.ca

Phone: 250.388.7844, Ext. 310
Email: jrempel@capitalcityvolunteers.org

Joelle Rempel is the Capital City Volunteers Outreach Worker at JBCP. She was born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and received her training at the University of Regina. Joelle has been with the Project since 2020. Besides providing outreach to seniors in the Greater Victoria area, Joelle runs a weekly coffee club here at JBCP. When she’s not at work, she likes to spend time with her partner and daughter, garden, swim and listen to records.

Phone: 250.388.7844, Ext. 345
Email: srosebrock@jbcp.bc.ca

Sanni grew up in Germany and moved to Canada in her 20s. She got her BA in Child and Youth Care at UVic, plus certificates in ECE (Early Childhood Education) and Special Needs Care.
She came to JBCP in 2016 as a substitute drop-in facilitator. At the time, the Better at Home (BaH) program coordinator position at JBCP needed to be temporarily filled, so she did that. Then there was an opening for the receptionist’s occasional coverage, and she tried her hands at that position as well. She now regularly supports Kristyn, the Volunteer Coordinator, with all the odds and ends that need to be done, from administrative tasks to food rescue distribution; and sometimes helps at drop-ins or family dinner. She feels lucky to have tried out so many different positions at the Project as she enjoys wearing different hats and doing a bit of everything. Her other work is with the 1Up Single Parent Resource Centre where she runs a program for single mothers. She is also the bookkeeper at her husband’s local business.
When not at work, she takes her dog for walks and spends time with friends or with her family, which includes her husband and two amazing sons. She enjoys reading, biking, animals, being in nature, and playing guitar and singing – which she sometimes gets to do for the Seniors at their JBCP community luncheon.

Phone: 250.388.7844 Ext. 314
Email: jserediuk@jbcp.bc.ca 

Janessa Serediuk is a Youth & Family Outreach worker at JBCP. She grew up in Victoria, and received her training at University of Victoria. She has been with JBCP for about seven years. Janessa is married and the proud mother of a little boy. She also oversees the Family Dinner Program, where families with children from birth to age 12 can gather once a week, share a bite of dinner and some conversation, and get to know and support one another. When Janessa’s not at work, she likes to spend time with her young family (and her extended one), as well as work in her garden, go to the gym, and dance. One time, Janessa took first place in a country music karaoke competition!

Employment

Family Resource Worker

April 23, 2022: The application period for this position is now closed. James Bay Community Project thanks all applicants for their time in applying. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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