Vanya McDonell ~ Co-Executive Director
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Vanya’s work is driven by her passion for creating connections and building partnerships. She believes that people are at their greatest capacity when they are part of something larger than themselves: a community. Vanya has been in a variety of roles with the FGCA since 2008. Vanya holds her BSc from UVic in Biology and Mathematics, a certificate in Volunteer Management, and is a lifelong learner who continually seeks out learning opportunities. She currently serves on the Board of the Sara Spencer Foundation and volunteers regularly in other capacities in the community. Vanya’s areas of focus at the FGCA are community development, communications, and fund development.
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Kristina is eager to have a meaningful and powerful voice in the delivery of service for children and families. She was drawn to education by a motivation to make a difference in her community, and values the role a community organization can play as an effective and wide ranging tool for positive change. Shortly after moving to Victoria in January of 2013, Kristina joined the FGCA team. She brings with her many years of experience working with children in a variety of educational, recreational and athletic settings. Kristina graduated from Simon Fraser University in 2011 as a BC Certified Teacher and since then has taught in London, England and Greater Victoria. Kristina’s areas of focus at the FGCA are child care programs and human resources.
Thomas King ~ Recreation & Youth Services Director
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Thomas King has had a lifelong attachment to community centres and the values that they uphold. He began his career in community work as a volunteer at a youth drop-in, which has led to ten years of facilitating programs and mentoring youth and staff. Thomas joined the FGCA as a leader in the Out of School Care Program in the Fall of 2007 and then took on the position of Community Recreation Coordinator in the Spring of 2008. He expanded his portfolio in 2013 to include overseeing our facilities. Thomas graduated from UVic in 2002 with a major in English and a minor in Political Science. Thomas’s areas of focus at the FGCA are recreation programs, family and youth services, and facility management.
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Kelly started with the FGCA in 2014 as a special events volunteer. This led to a part-time administrative position that quickly turned into a full-time job. She joins the FGCA after being out of the paid workforce for almost 20 years, choosing to stay home and homeschool her kids. During this time Kelly volunteered at numerous non-profit organizations in Victoria in a variety of administrative roles. Kelly graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Liberal Arts Degree and is passionate about painting and creating visual artwork.
Pippa Davis — Office & Communications Manager
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Pippa has been with the FGCA since 2008. Through work, education and luck, Pippa has collected an assortment of office skills and enjoys being resourceful. When not kept busy at the FGCA, she practices resourcefulness with her family and friends.
Breeze Grant – School Age Care Manager
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Evan Pepper – Fairfield (Sir James Douglas Elementary) Out of School Care Manager
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Evan joined the FGCA as a leader in the Out of School Care program shortly after moving to Victoria in 2013 and has recently took on the role as Manager September 2015. He has worked with children of all ages and taught Preschool age through Elementary. After establishing a French program at a local Independent school he decided to take that mindset and experience back to the FGCA. Through his education, workshops, and experience, Evan is very knowledgeable with children both typical and non typical. While working at the FGCA, Evan held multiple jobs as an EA, TA, Teacher, Activity Coordinator, and as a Behavioural Interventionist offering ABA Therapy to children with multiple diagnoses. He is passionate about community and program integration for people of all ages and backgrounds.
Kristi Meredith – Margaret Jenkins Out of School Care Manager
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Kristi joined the FGCA in 2015 and has been working in childcare since 2004. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a Spanish Major – she welcomes anyone to come and chat in Spanish with her! Kristi is also an avid outdoor enthusiast and brings her passion for adventure to the MJOSC program! Born and raised in Victoria, BC, Kristi is excited to be a part of the Fairfield Gonzales Community Association.
Natasha Gold – Youth Programs Supervisor
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Natasha moved to Victoria in 2016 from Montreal/Toronto and both lives and works in Fairfield (Indigenous Lekwungen Territory). She has been working with children for over eight years, holding a BA double major in Child Studies and Creative Writing. She specialized within her degree, focusing on Special Education, and feels that all learning should recognize the individual and rise up to their level. As the Youth Programs Manager, she works hard with her staff to cultivate a space of creativity, community and expression. Working with kids is a gentle reminder that we are all learning and having a community to guide that process is a beautiful and powerful thing!
Tahia Ahmed – Event Coordinator
Tahia is a passionate advocate for dialogue and collaborative change making. She actively strives to build community through an anti-oppressive framework. Tahia holds a BA in Political Science and draws from her experience working in Vancouver’s activist spaces since 2000. She is thrilled to be part of the FGCA community. Tahia is a Muslim woman of colour living as a settler on these Coast Salish lands and waters. She holds the words of Arundhati Roy close to her heart, “Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.”
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Ute started working at Five-Points preschool in 2007. Additionally she began facilitating the Thursday morning Parent & Tot drop-in program in 2013. Working at the FGCA has been extremely rewarding for Ute. She enjoys connecting with all families and believes the community centre can be a central point for building meaningful relationships for families. It is Ute’s great pleasure to follow our families’ journey through the joys and difficulties of parenting and growing. She holds an Early Childhood Education (ECE) certificate and a Bachelor of Social Work from Germany, her native country. Having worked in many different roles with children and families over the years and being a parent of teenagers herself, she brings a great variety of practical knowledge to the FGCA.
Cathy Roberts — Five Points Preschool Manager
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Our preschool manager is Cathy Roberts, an Early Childhood Education (ECE) graduate. Cathy works in our program as the lead teacher with the support of an assistant. Cathy has been a licensed Early Child Educator since 1988. She has worked for FGCA since 2001, joining our Five Points Preschool team in 2003 and becoming the preschool’s manager in 2005. A Fairfield resident since 1989, Cathy enjoys working, volunteering and living in this lovely neighbourhood.
Danielle Davis — Moss Rock Preschool Manager
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Danielle has been in the field of Early Childhood Education for nearly twenty years working in a variety of settings. She is currently sits on the executive board for ECEBC Victoria and is a founding member of OPEN, an innovative conference inspiring educators to take children and education outside. . She has been deeply influenced by the philosophy of Reggio Emilia and post foundational theories and has made pedagogical narrative a part of her everyday practice. Her practice is based on a pedagogy of listening and relationships. She loves the connections she makes with families and thinks young children are some of the most interesting people she will ever meet. You can read about her thoughts on education and young children at www.imagesoflearningproject.com/info
“I tell everyone that I am proud to work here. It’s a place that creates community, respect, and care.” – Former staff