Diana Gibson


Diana is a researcher, communications expert, activist, and social entrepreneur. She has worked nationally and internationally. leading research and community development initiatives aimed at changing the policy context and providing critical evidence on the ground to make a more just and sustainable society. She has also co-founded several successful mission-driven enterprises.

She is a Research Advisor to the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and a Distinguished Research Fellow of the University of Alberta's Parkland Institute.

Barry Hutchinson

Office Manager and BC Transit Ticket Assistance Program Coordinator

Barry is a professional accountant who has worked in private healthcare and the provincial gov’t for 30 years in various management roles such as Manager of Finance and Manager of Operations for Aboriginal Affairs and Intergovernmental Affairs.

Barry has also have served on numerous boards including Breast Cancer Foundation and the Construction Association.


Chelsea Fiorentino

Research Coordinator

Chelsea has a background in nursing and a Masters in Public Health. Her interestes lie in social determinants of health and participatory action research.

She has published with the Council on food systems metrics, and led community engagement.


Mikaila Montgomery

Research Coordinator

Mikaila holds a Bachelor’s degree in Gender Studies and Social Justice Studies from the University of Victoria. She has worked and volunteered in Victoria’s nonprofit sector for the past eight years with organizations involved in the areas of inclusive education, disability, sexual violence prevention, and homelessness. She is interested in participatory action research as a tool and process for community planning and development. Mikaila has worked on the Point in Time Count with the Community Social Planning Council, as well as projects on climate equity and women’s financial access.





Lauren is a fourth year Global Studies student at Vancouver Island University with a focus on community development.  She has published research on volunteerism, was a Malaspina Fellow and held the role of Director of Finance and Delegate Affairs for VIU’s Model United Nations. She has worked in community addictions and mental health treatment as well as communications.