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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. She holds her BSc and Master of Public Administration, both from UVic. 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 Wilcox ~ Co-Executive Director
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 & Facility Coordinator
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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.
Debbie Banerjee ~ Early Years Coordinator
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Debbie is excited to join the team at the FGCA and hopes to build an inclusive, connected community for the Fairfield and Gonzales families. She holds an Early Childhood Education (ECE) with Infant Toddler certificate and a Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature. In the last 14 years she has worked in YMCA of Okanagan in various position and as childcare manager overseeing multiple childcare centers, and mentoring educators and planning training programs. Debbie truly believes children’s experiences in the first few years of life help shape how their brain develop. She brings experience and immense interest in building a community of early years programs that nurture a place of joy and curiosity for the children.
Coral Clay ~ Administrative Assistant
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Coral joined the FGCA team in April 2022. Although the majority of her career was spent running her own in home daycare here in Fairfield, she was given the opportunity during the last two years to get her feet wet in the nonprofit sector and has enjoyed it ever since. Not only is she thrilled to be a part of an amazing organization in her neighborhood , she is also overjoyed to be able to see some of her old daycare families that now use the FGCA services.
Pippa Davis ~ Office 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.
Ashley Chun ~ Community Development Coordinator
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Ashley is excited to join the FGCA team and can’t wait to meet the Fairfield-Gonzales community. After graduating with a BSc in Geography & Environmental Studies at UVic, she jumped into the non-profit world to develop and deliver programs that serve community needs. Ashley is passionate about environmental and humanitarian initiatives and hopes that her work will always go toward a meaningful cause.
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 the 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 Behavioral Interventionist offering ABA Therapy to children with multiple diagnoses. He is passionate about community and program integration for people of all ages and backgrounds.
Ute Von Salzen ~ Margaret Jenkins Out of School Care Manager
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
Luke MacKinnon ~ Fairfield (Sir James Douglas Elementary) Out of School Care Manager
250-382-2065 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Maggie Spencer ~ Huckleberry Lead Educator
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Maggie began working with children in a childcare setting in 2016 and received her Early Childhood Education Certificate in 2018 from CDI College in Edmonton. She has worked as an Educator, Support Worker, IT Room Lead, and as a Primary Consultant for families who have children with autism. Maggie loves doing anything outside and enjoys being able to do that with the children every day as well. She loves exploring, playing, and learning alongside children and believes that every child is capable of doing anything they put their mind to! She looks forward to connecting with you all!
Rob Buckler ~ Camas Early Years Centre Lead Educator
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Rob is a member of the Camas team at Fairfield Gonzales Community Association. He has been working as an Early Childhood Educator since 2012. He completed his diploma in Early Childhood Education in Halifax and then moved to Vancouver in 2013 where he worked at UBC Childcare Services. Rob first worked at a multiage center that offered care to children aged 18 months to 5 years. From 2019-to 2021 he was the lead educator at a toddler center providing care for children aged 11 months to 3 years. Rob and his family relocated to Victoria in 2021 with their two children, Ellie who is 5, and Albie who is 2. “As an educator, I strive to ensure children have the opportunities to have their individual needs met each day. I love spending time outside, and believe that nature brings great value into our children’s lives.”
Josh Douglas-Tubb ~ Moss Rock Preschool 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 Manager
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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.
Andrea Fritz~ Community Garden Volunteer Coordinator
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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