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

Executive Committees

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

Click here to meet the Coalition staff!

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

In Crisis?:

If you require urgent emotional support, including having thoughts of suicide and other mental health issues, please call Vancouver Island Crisis Line: 1-888-494-3888.

Youth (under 25 years of age) may access youthspace.ca for online emotional support.

For other resources, including shelter availability, visit bc211.ca