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Vanya McDonell ~ Co-Executive Director
250–382-4604 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
250–382-4604 (currently on maternity leave)
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.
250–382-4604 or email@example.com
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
250–382-4604 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Virginie Raimbaud ~ Community Development Coordinator
250-382-4604 or email@example.com
Virginie is driven by creating connections between people and support them in their projects for a better future for all. She started at the FGCA as a volunteer for the Clothing Swap in 2018 and worked in parallel as an Event Assistant. She studied social work in France and has lived in Quebec and BC since. Her background is mostly as a coordinator for innovative community programs in Food Security. She is also a board member for the “Société francophone de Victoria” and volunteers for diverse organizations in Victoria.
Thomas King ~ Recreation & Facility Coordinator
Evan Pepper ~ Child Care Coordinator
250-382-4604 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Daniela Karolys ~ Early Years Coordinator
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Daniela is passionate about working with children and contributing positively to an inclusive community environment. Her previous experience includes working as a middle school teacher and teaching English as a second language. Daniela also owned and operated “Art Safari”, a home based studio that offer art focused summer camps for children in Victoria. Daniela moved to Victoria in 2003 from Ecuador and has a BFA from University of Victoria.
Gabe Gower ~ Fairfield (Sir James Douglas Elementary) Out of School Care Manager
250-382-2065 or firstname.lastname@example.org
250-592-8800 or email@example.com
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
Courtney Williams ~ Camas Early Years Centre Manager
250-382-4604 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Maria Thomson ~ Five Points Preschool Manager
250–382-4604 or email@example.com
Maria joined FGCA in 2017, she has a background in ESL and has been working in the Early Childhood Education field for the past 11 years with children of all ages. Maria enjoys working closely with the families and getting the opportunity to work with each individual child and watch them grow and flourish. Five Points philosophy is to provide a balanced environment with many choices in child led activities, art and spending time playing and exploring nature.
Cass Graham ~ Moss Rock Preschool Manager
250–382-4604 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Cass is passionate about working with children in a nature based setting. She has been working professionally in the Early Childhood Education field since 2015. Throughout her career she has jumped dramatically from a structured, mostly indoors playschool – to a free flowing, emergent curriculum, and nature based program. She has adopted a minimalist approach from training with Danielle Davis, and continues to provide minimalistic loose parts that can further children’s learning and imagination. Cass absolutely loves this philosophy and way of practicing which enables her to provide a caring and nurturing environment where children can continue to grow and flourish.
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.
Emily Hull ~ Food Forest Coordinator
250–382-4604 or firstname.lastname@example.org
“I tell everyone that I am proud to work here. It’s a place that creates community, respect, and care.” – Former staff