Board of Directors
2015-2016 Board of Directors
Lee Herrin, Interim President
Lee Herrin has lived in Victoria since moving here to attend UVic in 1989. He returned to live in Victoria permanently in 1997 after attending graduate school in Toronto. He is the Executive Director of the Fernwood Neighbourhood Resource Group Society which provides a broad range of services and supports including child care and affordable housing in the Fernwood neighbourhood. Fernwood NRG is a leading enterprising non-profit on Vancouver Island, with a subsidiary company that also operates two different neighbourhood based-businesses: a café and a hair salon. Previously, Lee worked for BC Stats as the Director of Surveys and Analysis, a cost-recovered research function that provided service across the BC Public Sector. Lee also has 20 years of experience serving on Boards of Directors including 15 years chairing organizations that he supports.
Benjamin Jones, Vice-President
Ben is currently pursuing his PhD at the Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria. His research looks at the environmental implications of international investment treaties (such as the FIPA between Canada and China ratified last week by the federal government). He is also an assistant professor at Vermont Law School, teaching distance education courses on energy law and policy and climate change adaptation, and a Senior Global Energy Fellow at the Institute for Energy and the Environment. On top of this, he does research work for Cordillera Archaeology here in Victoria; currently, he is engaged in a traditional land use study for the Tahltan First Nation in northwestern BC. In 2013 he published a book with two colleagues on the relationship between social justice and global energy systems (Energy Security, Equality, and Justice, Routledge, 2013).
Ben has always combined his academic pursuits with a strong interest in community. For almost five years he was the Education Coordinator for Blueberry River First Nation in northeastern BC. In this capacity, he was the head administrator for the band school, and responsible for all education and vocational training programs on the reserve. He also represented the band on a number of joint management advisory committees with local industry (forestry and oil and gas), and took a leading role on the First Nations Education Advisory Committee for School District 60 (Peace River North). Ben has an unusually wide experience of Canada. He grew up on Vancouver Island, did his undergraduate degree in Montreal, and later, as a commercial pilot, flew bush planes across most of northern Canada, from Ontario and Manitoba to the Northwest Territories and the Yukon. He obtained his MPhil in Environmental Policy from the University of Cambridge in the UK, and his JD from Vermont Law School in the US.
Doug is currently Executive Coordinator for the Board Voice Society of B.C. After attending Carleton University and the University of Stockholm, Doug received his MSW from the University of British Columbia. Doug had a long career with the Ministry of Community Social Services in Ontario where he became the director of the Northwest and Hamilton/Niagara regions and later, the Director of Operations for the province. He retired in 2001 and came to B.C. to work for the Ministry of Children and Family Development as the Regional Executive Director for the North and then the Interior Region. He retired from MCFD in 2007 as Assistant Deputy Minister of Regional Operations. After leaving the ministry and prior to joining the Federation, he worked for six months on a consulting contract as the Administrator of the Tsartlip Band in Brentwood Bay. Over the course of a long career, Doug has been engaged with many different programs and initiatives in the social services field. He was involved in setting up the first aboriginal child welfare agencies in Ontario and was deeply interested in learning about Aboriginal culture. He also had a major role to play in closing institutions for persons with developmental handicaps and in transformation initiatives in social assistance and child welfare. Doug is passionate about promoting the important role community social services play in maintaining the health of our communities and our citizens. Doug has been married for 40 years and has one son. Doug has served on the CSPC board since 2011.
Andrew grew up in Victoria and has worked with a number of local organizations, including the NEED Crisis Line and the City of Victoria Youth Council. For the past several years he has been living away from Victoria. He spent six months teaching/volunteering at Shree Mangal Dvip School in Kathmandu, Nepal, and then studied Philosophy, Leadership and International Development at Renaissance College at the University of New Brunswick. During his studies he had the opportunity to take part in a number of internships – including a three-month internship in Bhutan where he conducted research and provided recommendations for the foundation of a counseling program at a college, and was intrigued by Gross National Happiness research. Since returning to Victoria he has been working as a constituency assistant for Maurine Karagianis, MLA for Esquimalt-Royal Roads and as a community support worker at West Coast Human Services, a day program for people with developmental disabilities. Andrew has served on the CSPC board since 2012.
Alfred Black, Treasurer
Born at Ottawa, Alfred graduated with a Math degree from Waterloo in 1973. He soon joined the Research Branch at the Nova Scotia department of Social Services where he reviewed the Mark Lalonde Orange Paper, helped establish an income-tested day care subsidy programme and was Secretary to a Homemaker Services Review. Moving to the Planning and Evaluation Division at Saskatchewan Social Services, he worked on Corrections policy and research; he also co-authored a national report on income security. After a year at Statistics Canada, 1983/4, he became Director of Research and Planning at Manitoba Community Services with interests in income security (eg GAI) and normalization of the mentally challenged. Then he joined Manitoba Energy as a Senior Policy Maker and was Director of research for the Autopac Review Commission. Recruited to the Workers Compensation Board, he established the Planning Branch, was promoted to running the 250+-person Claims Division and later served as WCB's Chief Financial and Chief Investment Officers. He was seconded to be CEO of a Labour-Sponsored Venture Capital Fund ("Crocus"). He retired in 2006. During these years, and later, Alfred served on many Boards of Social Agencies in the social services, health and education spheres, often in leadership positions such as Chair and Treasurer; among other agencies he was appointed Chair of the Teachers Retirement Allowances Fund and was Chair of the CMHA's Manitoba Division; many of these jobs involved fund-raising and political contacts. He has served also on some corporate boards, such as those of Shopplex.com and PURUS and is CEO of his family investment company. In BC, he was Treasurer of the Vancouver Island School of Art and is Treasurer of the James Bay New Horizons, also serving as Vice-Chair of the past Victoria City Council's Corporate and Strategic Services Committee. Alfred lives in James Bay; his two adult daughters also live in Greater Victoria.
Catherine Etmanski, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the School of Leadership Studies at Royal Roads University (RRU). She has been serving as a Program Head for the Master's of Arts in Leadership Studies since 2013, a program that supports the leadership development of mid-career professionals working in multiple sectors. Her own Master’s degree is from UBC’s School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) and she was formerly a research associate with UVic’s Office of Community-Based Research. She supported the creation of the Master’s of Community Development at the University of Victoria (UVic) in 2010. She has recently been working to develop a new graduate degree in globally-minded leadership, due to launch in February 2015, and an undergraduate degree in leadership and sustainability, due to launch in 2016/17. Catherine is passionate about social and environmental justice, and seeks to incorporate creative elements – such as photography, poetry, storytelling, Métissage, and more – into her research and online or face-to-face teaching. Her doctoral work employed participatory theatre as a research method with international students and her current research explores the links between leadership, learning, and food. She has published in areas related to adult education, environmental praxis, teaching participatory research, and the use of art-based methods in promoting dialogue and democracy. Her recent book is titled, “Learning and Teaching Community-Based Research: Linking Pedagogy to Practice” which she co-edited with colleagues Budd Hall and Teresa Dawson (2014, University of Toronto Press). Catherine serves on the Board of Directors for the International Institute for Child Rights and Development and internally on RRU’s Faculty Association and Research Ethics Board.
Nancy Ford has been an ordained minister in the Anglican Church for 17 years. She has also been a counsellor for over 25 years. During that time her practice expanded beyond Victoria to Chemainus and Duncan.
Nancy is currently Deacon to the City of Christ Church Cathedral and Director of Deacons for the Diocese of British Columbia. She is the co-chair of the Social Justice Matters Committee of the Diocese. Nancy serves on the board of Umbrella Society for Addictions and Mental Health and is a board member of AADC. She, together with others, has participated in a number of events which involved working closely with the CSPC. She is a member of the Community Action Plan on Poverty steering committee. Nancy feels the work of the Community Social Planning Council is critically important and would be honoured to be a board member..
Jakelina is a qualified social worker who is active in military family services, and on immigrant settlement. She is herself an immigrant from Croatia who has been active in various communities across Canada associated with her partner's military duties. She has a strong commitment to social justice issues.
Andrew Moore is an architect specialising in community development. He was the founder of Co-operative Housing Association (CHA) that completed over 80 affordable housing projects in London UK.
Working with women’s co-operatives in informal settlements on the outskirts of Johannesburg he managed the design and construction of over 500 self-build houses. The lessons learned from this project informed a model that was rolled out across South Africa.
For the last 10 years he has been employed by T’Sou-ke First Nation working on reserve transforming their visions into reality with major renewable energy, greenhouse, seafood and cultural projects completed. He recently introduced and co-ordinated a First Nation to First Nation mentorship program in BC with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada support. This program has now gone nationwide. More recently he has been preparing three groups of twelve Aboriginal Interns from across Canada to take up support positions in Zambian and Ugandan communities.
He is a founder member of Harbourside Co-housing, which is completing the first Senior Co-housing project in BC and the second in Canada. He is the President of Canadian Senior Cohousing Society, which promotes the principles of cohousing and co-care in existing and new housing developments and communities to ensure seniors can thrive to the end of their days.
He has assisted in producing Co-operative Acts and associated Regulations for the UK, Canadian and South African governments.
He is a musician, performer and producer and has managed many musical groups in Canada, UK and Africa.
Jacqueline has over 15 years of experience working with Indigenous communities, private industry and government. She specializes in applying critical strategies using a combination of statistics & qualitative methods for socio-economic and health research and environmental assessment. Jacqueline’s knowledge and expertise in Indigenous issues, alongside her commitment to community driven research processes allows her to focus on generating high quality data that enhances community capacity and well-being while balancing sustainable socio-economic development.
Jeff has assumed senior management responsibilities with Canadian and US real estate investment trusts, such as Cole Capital, a $15B REIT headquartered in Phoenix AZ. In addition to structuring a number of build-to-suit projects, he originated and closed a $100M joint venture to re-capitalize a portfolio of self-storage facilities. Over the course of his distinguished career, he has master-planned a number of urban, mixed-use projects (such as Metropolis in Burnaby BC and City Square in Vancouver BC). As a principal, he also successfully executed the development of a 116 lot residential community and a 70,000 square foot office condominium project, both of which yielded the equity partner a 25% ROE. The diversity of his experience spans asset management, commercial leasing, debt procurement, equity syndications and managing the full spectrum of responsibilities specific to the development of commercial and residential real estate.
Jeff graduated from York University with a major in Economics and subsequently completed the Urban Land Economics program at UBC. He is Certified in Land Planning & Development, is a professional member of the Real Estate Institute of British Columbia, and a Fellow of the Real Estate Institute of Canada.
He has served as a Director of numerous real estate organizations as well as philanthropic agencies, has lectured most every course pertaining to the real estate profession, and has authored several published articles.
Board Nominating Procedure
(from the Constitution of the Community Social Planning Council)
(A) The Nominating Committee shall present to the Board of Directors at least fourteen clear days before the Annual General Meeting, the names of members nominated to serve as Officers and members of the Board.
(B) The Nominating Committee shall present to the Board at its meeting held immediately prior to the Annual General Meeting, a list of those agencies which, in its opinion, best represent the interests of the community and from which the Board may invite representation for the following year.
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