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Staff Profiles

Here's a little bit about our dedicated staff that you just might want to know:

Kelly Greenwell, Executive Director

Kelly started working at Quadra Village Community Centre in June 2011 and became the organization's third Executive Director since 1975, in November of 2011.  He is a registered Social Worker who has worked in the social services field since 1993 in both Victoria and Vancouver.  Kelly has a background that includes community development, youth, family,  addictions, adoptions and child welfare experience.  His previous roles have included Executive Director, Project Coordinator, Counsellor and Social Worker. He was the recipient of the United Way of Greater Victoria Award for Collaboration and Partnership at the 2014 Victoria Leadership Awards.   Kelly enjoys the down to earth vibe of the Quadra Village Community Centre and the rich diversity of the Hillside-Quadra Neighbourhood.  He likes that his work days are often "like a box of chocolates"  and the knowledge that we are making a difference here at Quadra Village Community Centre.  When he's not working hard for the organization he's trying to keep up with his young sons and sharing a laugh about their latest hijinks.

Tracey Campbell, Administrative Coordinator

Starting as a Reception volunteer in March 2012, provided Tracey a thorough understanding of the numerous and diverse services and programs offered at QVCC. This was of great benefit when accepting the role of Administrative Coordinator in May of that same year. Being provided the opportunity to work directly with the community in which she has lived since 2001, has enhanced her connectedness to Quadra Village and brought forth a greater awareness of the amount of work it takes to sustain a positive and healthy community. Tracey's position covers many aspects of the agency, from Reception and Community Support Programs supervision, to Facilities coordination, to HR and Payroll administration. When not at work she could be cooking, camping, hiking an Island trail, watching old or foreign movies, reading a book (paper, never electronic), or simply enjoying a little piece of solitude somewhere in nature...preferably in a kayak!

Shawna Erskine, Reception

Shawna began working at Quadra Village Community Centre in 2008, after many years of frequenting it as a community member. Her primary role includes greeting visitors, answering their questions, and directing them to the appropriate program, service or staff member. Shawna oversees front desk duties such as answering phones, sorting donations, providing copy and fax service to the community, and numerous other tasks! Her favourite part of the job is the ability to chat with, and get to know, the local community. More often than not you will find her singing along to the radio, surrounded by many visitors. When not at work, Shawna enjoys spending time with her husband, two boys, their dog and extended family members.

Jennifer Regular, Community Support Program Coordinator

Jennifer is the first to fill our newly created Community Support Programs Coordinator position that began in January 2017. She has volunteered and worked in the community and social services field since 1991. Her background includes mental health, corrections, addictions, homelessness, violence against women, and income and employment assistance programs. She is currently overseeing our community support programs and the volunteer program, believing that just as it takes a village to raise a child, Quadra Village Community Centre exists to cultivate community and elevate personal capacity.  When not at work she enjoys exploring the beauty of nature, cooking, and trying new things.

Helene Bell, Child & Family Outreach Coordinator

Corie Aarsen, Youth & Family Outreach Worker

Corie is what people call “born and raised” in Victoria, though remains a visitor on the traditional unceded territory of the Coast Salish people. She has spent her life exploring the city’s nooks and crannies, whether on her bike or with a camera in her hand; she loves to adventure and hunt for the city’s hidden gems. Her interests are vast; she loves to cook, and garden, and is in her element when she is off the beaten path camping. She also loves to run and be active. Travel is also a huge passion of Corie’s, and she has been to some pretty neat countries, such as the Philippines, Brazil and the Ivory Coast!

It was a volunteer project in Brazil working with children, youth and families in the favelas that inspired Corie to enroll in the Child and Youth Care program at the University of Victoria.  She has now graduated from the UVic with a Bachelor in Child and Youth Care. Her main passion in life is working with and advocating for youth; Corie finds working with youth incredibly rewarding and appreciates how much she learns on a daily basis.

Tara Skobel, Youth Programs Coordinator

Tara comes to us with a wealth of experience and knowledge in program coordination and community development.  She has her degree in Child and Youth Care and has over ten years experience working in different communities around BC with children, youth and families.  She has a passion for bringing quality programming to youth, helping youth build a sense of community and helping them build their self-worth and identity.  She loves working with youth and community partners.  When she is not at work she is hanging out in nature with her cousin and dog.

Lisa Lee, Youth Engagement Facilitator

Lisa comes from the States bringing diverse experiences working as a youth worker and counsellor for the past 15 yrs.  Her background is with “youth at risk” typically in school settings teaching life skills.  She has recently become a Canadian citizen and calls Canada her home (can you blame her?).  She is a new resident of Victoria but finds it much friendlier than Vancouver which she lived for the past 10 years.

Flo Roberson, Youth Engagement Facilitator

Taly Salyn, Youth Drop-In Worker

The most important thing to any neighbourhood, is a strong community vibe. The Quadra Village area speaks community to her like no other place in Victoria.

Following high school Taly moved to Ottawa to complete a BA in Communications. While there, she had the opportunity to volunteer with the Elizabeth Fry Society, where she supported numerous programs, such as, Detention Centre visitor/mentor and Courthouse support worker. Since then, she has worked for the Canadian Mental Health Association, Victoria Youth Empowerment Society, and Threshold Youth Housing. Besides her passion for social justice, she is a trained dancer and find solace in movement.

She feels so blessed to be apart of an absolutely wonderful team and share this community with the beautiful people that make it up.

Laurie Feehan, Youth Drop-in Worker

Justine Soleil, Youth Recreation Facilitator

Justine has been described as "looking like shes always ready to hike" by some coworkers in the past, and is confident that such words will forever be the best description of her. She grew up on a farm in the middle of nowhere Alberta, and has been living on the island for the past 6 years. When Justine is not working, or in school (Mental health & Addictions), she is in the water with her border collie (and part goldfish), Mowgli. Justine has been working in the youth recreation field for ten years, doing jobs such as a canoe instructor, wilderness guide, actress, painter, and for a brief week, camp hooligan. Justine is full of jokes and describes herself as "spunky" and "patient" so if you are ever in need of a laugh and a good ol' game of tag, come find her.

Alex Heimburger, Recreation Coordinator 

With many years of experience volunteering, participating and working in recreation across the Lower Mainland and Greater Victoria Area, Alex is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with her neighbours in the Quadra Village area.  When she first moved to Victoria in 2008, Alex quickly fell in love with Vancouver Island and its relaxed pace, natural beauty, and vibrant communities – needless to say, she never left! 

Alex has a degree in anthropology, a diploma in recreation, and a great passion for building a sense of belonging and community around her through inclusive programs, activities and events.  When she is not working, you will likely find Alex hiking all around the Island – usually with a pair of climbing shoes ready for action.

Sarah Harris, Child & Family Programs Coordinator

Sarah has been a teacher in a variety of settings, from toddlers to undergraduate, elementary to prisons. She is passionate about all kids having the opportunity to learn and grow, in a safe and inspiring community setting.  She loves her role creating fun, engaging experiences for kids in the Quadra Village neighborhood, and supporting neighborhood families. 

Chloe Dufort, Out of School Care Leader

Nathan Purcell, Out of School Care Leader

Al Reid, Youth and Family Counsellor, Cloverdale and Oaklands Elementary Schools 

Back in the mists of time, I think it was 1993, before e-mail even, I took a job share position with Lisa Roy at Vic High. I was there for 10 years or so and eventually landed at Cloverdale School and Oaklands School where I've enjoyed mornings at one and afternoons at the other for the last 12 years. I really liked the high school students when I worked at Vic High but there is something special about the little guys in elementary school. I especially like witnessing and supporting their whole elementary career from kindergarten to grade 5. There is an interesting continuity evident as well when some of the kids I worked with at the high school end up on my caseload again, but this time with their own kids in elementary school.

Susannah Mckee, Youth and Family Counsellor, Ecole Quadra Elementary

I have been lucky to work at Quadra school for 18 years. Every day is different and is full of wonderful and interesting children and  families. I love elementary age children. We laugh together daily!  The teachers and other professionals I work with are supportive and fun as well.

Lisa Roy, Youth and Family Counsellor, Victoria High

I have worked for Quadra Village Community Centre since 1989 beginning, as a Youth and Family Counsellor at S.J. Willis School. In 1992, I began working at Victoria High School making this my 25th year. Yikes! The Vic High community is absolutely amazing!  It offers a culture whereby students, staff members and parents genuinely respect and celebrate diversity and encourages all of us to be the ‘finest people’ we can be.  The resiliency of youth is remarkable as they pursue their dreams and goals, even when confronted with serious challenges and barriers.  I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to facilitate positive change and to make a difference. I have learned a great deal from the students and the families that I have worked with and my counseling practice has evolved overtime alongside my own personal development.  I enjoy participating in professional development workshops for enriching my understanding of current issues and trends and cultivating my counseling strategies.  When I am not working, I cherish time with my family and friends, try to include some physical fitness in my life (lots of excuse making)  and continue the work, so far a 30 year project,  of restoring our 105 year old home.  A quote I often use when working with youth is, “the past does not equal the future”.. anonymous

Anne Field, Youth and Family Counsellor, Victoria High

In September 1981, after graduating from university, I joined Quadra Village Community Centre to work as a Youth & Family Counsellor at S. J. Willis Junior High School. At that time there were only four YFCs working in the Victoria school district, and two of us were situated at S. J. Willis. In 1983 S. J. Willis was closed and the staff and students were all moved to Central Junior High. I enjoyed working with many students and families at Central and also at Central’s feeder elementary schools Blanshard and George Jay. When the school district changed to a middle school model in 2002, I transferred with Central’s staff and students to Victoria High School, which expanded to grades 9 to 12. Over the years I have been extremely fortunate to work with many amazing students and their families and support them in their journey through high school. Working with young people is inspirational as I am constantly learning and discovering resourceful ways to respond to life’s challenges.

Mark Sheremeta, Youth and Family Counsellor, Victoria High

Upon moving to Victoria in 1998, Mark started to work with Quadra Village Community Centre as a Youth and Family Counsellor. He worked for 5 years at S.J.Willis Alternative School, then for 2 years at the Nurturing Families Program, before returning as a YFC at Victoria High School. 

Mark truly loves working with young people, supporting them through times of struggle and witnessing and sharing in their successes. He has grown and continue to grow, both professionally and personally, while engaged in this employment. He finds it very meaningful. 

He has also volunteered working at an orphanage in rural India on two occasions and traveled extensively to various countries. He enjoys hiking, playing hockey, reading, cooking and eating, playing guitar and seeing live music. Life is good!

Debra Porter, Youth and Family Counsellor, SJ Willis

Ingrid Bach, Youth and Family Counsellor, SJ Willis

Carol Porteous, Youth and Family Counsellor, Cedar Hill and Reynolds

Sue MacTavish, Youth and Family Counsellor, George Jay Elementary

Originally from Vancouver, Sue is a graduate of Mount Royal Collage in Calgary and returned to the West Coast in 1989 to pursue her degree in Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria. Sue has been working with families, children and youth for over 25 years as a counsellor in a variety of settings and took the position of Youth &Family Counsellor at Ecole George Jay Elementary in 2009. In her downtime, she enjoys spending time with her family, scrapbooking and outdoor pursuits, including hiking and kayaking. 

Leila Durzi, Family Liaison Worker, George Jay Elementary