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.

Helene Bell, Child & Family Outreach Coordinator

Ejemen Iyayi, Youth & Family Outreach Worker

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.

Sarah Graham, Community Engagement Facilitator

Sarah started working with the Quadra Village Community Centre after being involved with the Youth Service Provider's Network and Coordinating the City of Victoria Youth Council for two years. She lives is in the neighbourhood and has been involved with a variety of grassroots community organizations focusing on youth empowerment, worker's rights and fair trade. While working on an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Social Justice Studies at the University of Victoria and through community learning, Sarah has started to develop strong foundations for working as an ally with diverse communities.

Athena Bishop, Youth Engagement Facilitator

Michaela Louie, Youth Engagement Facilitator

Chloe Dufort, Community Programs Coordinator

Chloe began working at QVCC as an Out of School Care Leader in January 2016. She has since involved herself as much as possible by branching out with Reception, Youth Drop-In, and now Community Programs Coordination. She has a Fine Arts degree in theatre and loves collaborating and creating with the kids. Chloe spends most of her time outdoors but when she is inside it’s for dancing, yoga, rock-climbing, or crafting. She loves working at the Centre and is continuously touched by all who stop by.

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 almost 20 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