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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.
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.
Stefie Gray ~ Administrative Assistant & Facility Rentals
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Stefie moved to Victoria in 2010 and has been working in non-profit community centres since 2014. She has held many roles and can be considered a Jill of all trades. On her free time Stefie loves to be outdoors finding an adventure, doing yoga, and hiking with her cat.
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.
Erin Henneberry ~ Community Development Coordinator
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Erin is excited to join the team at the FGCA with a vision to create an inclusive, connected community for the Fairfield and Gonzales neighbourhoods. She has worked with several local non-profit organizations including Oaklands Community Association, M’akola Group of Societies, Boys and Girls Club, and PISE. Erin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Recreation and Health Education from the University of Victoria and a pharmacy technician diploma from Camosun College.
When she’s not dreaming up new program ideas to enhance residents’ quality of life, Erin enjoys spending time with her partner outdoors, cooking up delicious recipes (her current favourite being any sort of roasted veggie soup), volunteering with a number of local organizations, and checking out Victoria’s local food scene. Erin is always interested in helping to support community ideas so please be in touch with any of your suggestions!
Thomas King ~ Recreation & Facility Coordinator
Thomas began his journey with the FGCA in 2007 as an out of school care leader in the mornings. Since then, Thomas has worn nearly every hat imaginable at the centre and has been wholly committed to the FGCA’s mission to develop and deliver inclusive and effective community-focused programs and projects.
Evan Pepper ~ Child Care Coordinator
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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 in August 2017 moved into the role of Child Care Coordinator. 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.
Debbie Banerjee ~ Early Years Coordinator
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Gabrielle Coburn ~ Fairfield (Sir James Douglas Elementary) Out of School Care Manager
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Ute started working at our Five-Points preschool in 2007, began facilitating the Thursday morning Parent & Tot drop-in program in 2013 and most recently moved to managing Margaret Jenkins Out of School Care in 2017. 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
Nikki Cuddy ~ Huckleberry Infant Toddler Centre Lead Educator
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Nikki Cuddy deeply values her work with young children and enjoys personal connections with families. Much of her practice focuses on positive guidance strategies and fostering emotional intelligence in the early years. She graduated from Langara College with a Diploma in Early Childhood Education (Infant/ Toddler specialization) in 2015. Most recently she worked as a Team Lead for a large infant program in Perth, Australia. She also was an I/T educator for UBC Childcare services in Vancouver for several years. Prior to working in Early Childhood Education, she taught English as a Second Language in countries such as Taiwan, South Korea and Thailand. Nikki also holds her BA.H in English and Theatre from Queen’s University
Rob Buckler ~ Camas Early Years Centre Lead Educator
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Josh Douglas-Tubb has been working as an ECE/A since 2016, but has been working in education since 2001 as an EFL teacher. He is a strong believer in the proverb that it takes a village to raise a child, he hopes to cultivate in his Preschool the bonds that will help build a strong community. Josh’s beliefs on these formative early years is that children are the perfect scientists, that they are using their inherent inquisitive nature to figure out the world around them. That it is our job as early years educators to facilitate and lay the scaffolding for them to be successful in their future endeavours in school and beyond.
Adam Rayburn ~ Youth Programs Supervisor
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Adam has been serving youth since he was a youth himself. At the age of 17 he started a free, youth-oriented music festival that still runs today! Adam believes that youth need to be given opportunities to take on greater responsibilities in their own programming and care. He has worked with many different age groups in summer camps, youth centres and even building soap boxes. Adam specializes in music, active recreation and one-on-one mentorship. Adam oversees the youth programs at the FGCA.
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Andrea Fritz is Coast Salish of the Lyackson First Nation. She is an avid organic and native plant gardener. She had experience helping start and manage a community garden in Ottawa as well as starting a native plant garden here in Victoria. Andrea is awe at what the community has accomplished at the Fairfield Food Forest. She is looking forward to working with the community to expand and strengthen the Food Forest. While not at work, Andrea enjoys creating Coast Salish art and stories and going for walks and bike rides with her kids through Fairfield.
“I tell everyone that I am proud to work here. It’s a place that creates community, respect, and care.” – Former staff