Board of Directors
Join other community-minded individuals in helping to build a connected, collaborative, inclusive and sustainable community. We are eager to recruit directors who have an interest in accounting, risk management, and facilities management to stand for election to the Board at our October AGM. We also welcome interest from those with other skills, experience, and perspective. We strongly encourage candidates from equity seeking groups to apply. For more detailed information read our Board Member Job Description or contact Vanya at email@example.com or (250) 382-4604. If you require any accommodations during the application process please contact Pippa Davis, Office Manager, at (250) 382-4604 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Anna Phelan~ President
Anna can be reached directly at email@example.com
Anna has been developing her love and appreciation for Fairfield-Gonzales since her parents moved to the neighbourhood 22 years ago and she and her husband relocated here in 2016. After completing her Bachelor’s Degree at Queen’s University and two Master’s at Concordia, she spent more than a decade working in the Arts and Culture industry, as a festival organizer and Marketing and Communications specialist, collaborating with both grassroots community upstarts and some of Montreal’s biggest festivals. Anna was then hired as Interim Director of the Centre Culturel Georges-Vanier, a non-profit community arts centre, offering programming similar to the FGCA’s, where she gained invaluable insight into the challenges and rewards of running such an organization from the administrative side. Anna hopes the cumulative knowledge and experience she brings to the FGCA in a governance role will help to strengthen the organization in its mission to serve the community
Dave Thompson ~ vice president
David Thompson has lived in Rockland and James Bay, and now has settled in Gonzales. He is a small business owner and family man who cares about community. He drives, he cycles, he walks his dog, he has the odd beer with friends. He really likes the FGCA dinners and wishes he could attend more of them.
Julia Warren ~ Secretary
Julia has gratefully called Victoria home since 2012, and began living in Fairfield in 2016. As a Registered Social Worker, she has been involved with a number of community organizations and has spent significant time working with individuals in marginalized populations, including various positions within the areas of homelessness, substance use, and disability. She has also spent significant time working in child care, and currently works in Employment Services. Julia is passionate about working with people and contributing to inclusive communities, and is excited to be involved with the Fairfield Gonzales Community Association
Philip Sawkins ~ Tresurer
Philip is a graduate of UBC and spent much of his professional life in heavy construction (or related fields) as a financial officer/manager. He has worked on volunteer boards in various capacities and was the executive director for 7 years of BC & Yukon for Canadian Youth Hostels, a not-for-profit society. Philip has lived in Fairfield-Gonzales since 2010, and was previously on the FGCA Board for multiple terms. He is currently volunteering with the Monterrey Community Centre. Philip is interested in and committed to the services offered that can be provided by and to the community through organizations like the FGCA.
Brian has a Master’s degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, both from the University of Victoria. Brian also has 15 years of experience working in the public sector, his responsibilities have included development of immigration policy, provincial workforce policy, health sector workforce planning and analysis, and managing a skills training program budget of approximately $30M a year. In addition to his work in the public sector, Brian has 10 years ’experience as an educator, designing and delivering courses for the University of Victoria’s School of Human and Social Development and Adult Education Programs. Brian lives in the Gonzales neighbourhood with his wife and two young kids. One of his passions is long-distance trail running, including runs of 200+ miles; as such you’ll likely see him running around the Fairfield and Gonzales neighbourhoods in the wee hours of the morning.
Michael has almost fifteen years experience working in technology in both public and private sector roles and holds an MSc in Computer Science from Queen’s University. He has lived in Fairfield with his wife and two young kids since relocating from Ontario in 2014. Michael believes strongly in the work the FGCA does to connect neighbours, build community and provide needed programming for adults and children.
Ashley has been a resident of Fairfield-Gonzales since 2015 and loves the neighbourhood community and its vibe. His earlier career in the private sector working in the Middle East and India helped him gain valuable leadership experience in operations, logistics, supply chain, procurement, contract management and sales & marketing. Ashley holds a Master’s Degree in Global Management from Royal Roads University, Victoria, and currently works with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries as an analyst. He is very grateful to be living on the unceded Coast Salish Territory of the Lekwungen speaking people. Ashley enjoys playing soccer and is excited to serve the community in this role. He lives with his wife and young daughter.
Joanna has more than 25 years working in the not-for-profit national sport sector followed by 10 years with the provincial government focusing on physical activity, healthy communities and age-friendly communities. She and her husband run a cycling program for kids ages 10-18 and are active in BC’s largest cycling club. She has lived in Gonzales for 24 years, restoring a 1908 heritage house with her family (they’ve all had a part!) and truly appreciates the community’s walkability, schools, variety of businesses, parks and beaches. Her involvement with the CALUC over the past two years stems from her belief in responsible density and community engagement.
Quinn grew up on Moss St and spent the majority of his youth around the trifecta of Moss Rocks, Dallas Rd and Chapman Park. He spent many years living in different parts of the country for school or work and is now grateful to be back in Fairfield to raise a family. Like so many others in Victoria, Quinn is a dedicated public servant working to ensure that the provincial government maintains a high standard of accountability and transparency. In addition, he brings a variety of board experience including a music festival and environmental non-profit. He is ultimately quite grateful to be able to live in a place like Fairfield and provide support to the community through the FGCA’s programs and opportunities.
Caitlin McGuire is a long-time resident of the Fairfield Gonzales neighbourhood, having grown up on Moss Street and recently returned to the Gonzales area with her family. Caitlin holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration, and has focused much of her career on strategic planning, performance measurement, and emergency management. Her professional experience includes leadership positions with the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Ministry of Health, and BC’s Gender Equity Office. Caitlin is excited to contribute to her community through the FGCA as a member of the Board of Directors. She is happiest on the water, on her bike, or on adventures with her husband and young boys.
Don Monsour ~ Past President
As an advocate for community involvement Don has enjoyed participating and leading organizations in achieving their goals. While working with profit and not for profit organizations for over 45 years in several key initiatives he has developed a strong understanding of the rules and regulations that govern many boards and committees. As a leader of volunteer groups made up of individual personalities and objectives, he has successfully managed challenging goals and budgets and helped to raise close to 2 million dollars for not for profit associations. This experience, coupled with his business background, has provided Don with the ability to work within board guidelines helping to achieve the strategic goals and direction as set by the board. Don truly believes that understanding the dynamics and chemistry that exists on a board is vital in supporting a board successful outcome.
City of Victoria Councillor ~ Ben Isitt
Neighbourhood Liaison for Fairfield Gonzales Community Association
“Our community members take their responsibilities seriously, but with realistic expectations and enormous good humour. It is a pleasure to work in such an environment.” – former board member