Board of Directors
The Board of Directors
The Board of Directors oversee the Coalition and are responsible for all key decisions. Additionally, the Board of Directors provide the Executive Committee and Executive Director with strategic and operational direction.
Board of Directors 2021/2022
Lisa Helps, CRD Director and Mayor of Victoria
Jeff Bray, Downtown Victoria Business Association
Mark Breslauer, United Way
Dr. Richard Crow, Island Health
Hilary Marks, Community Director
Geoff Orr , CRD Director and Mayor of North Saanich
Shayne Ramsay, BC Housing
Sandra Richardson, Victoria Foundation
Donna Spence, Baker Tilly
Ned Taylor, CRD Director
Charlayne Thornton-Joe, Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness
Ex Officio Member:
Don Elliott, Service Canada
In administratively and operationally supporting the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee acts on behalf of the Board in various capacities, particularly between Board meetings. The Executive Committee assists in developing Board agendas, reviewing supporting documentation on route to the next Board meeting, providing the Board’s Co Chairs with operational advice, and addressing urgent situations.
Finance and Audit Committee
The Finance and Audit Committee assists the Board in discharging its oversight responsibilities with respect to finances, financial reporting, financial and corporate policies and internal and external audit.
Governance and Policy Committee
With the guidance of the Board, the Governance and Policy Committee addresses matters relating to the Board’s role as an employer, as well as acts as a policy committee.
The Executive Director
The Executive Director receives operational and strategic direction from the Board of Directors and provides operational leadership to the Coalition Staff.
Coalition Steering Committees
The Coalition Steering Committee and People with Lived Experience (PWLE) Steering Committee are the primary operational support committees to the Staff.
In collaboration with the Executive Director, these committees have primary accountability for:
- advising on the best way to carry out the strategic and operational direction provided the Board of Directors, through their participation in the development of an annual or multi-year Business Plan, with the Executive Director;
- implementing the Coalition’s annual or multi-year Business Plan; and
- managing the direction and oversight of Working Groups
Coalition staff members put the strategic and operational direction of the Board of Directors into action. Its mandate is to meet the strategic and operational goals and objectives set by the Board through effective business planning, financial management, communications, project management, coordination of supporting committee structures, and administrative support services.
A Conversation with former Co-Chair, Ted Hughes
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