Staff

Writer

Christopher Wooding (he/him/his)

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Disability Inclusion & Awareness Training (DIAT) Coordinator

Erin Davis (she/her)

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Lived Experiences Around Disability (LEAD) Coordinator

Erin Davis (she/her)

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Peer Outreach Coordinator

Graham Kutzner (he/him)

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Peer Support Coordinator

Hazel Damveld (she/her)

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Administrative Assistant

Heather Nelson (her/she)

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Information & Referral Coordinator

Lomie Coleman (she/her)

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Volunteer Coordinator

Nicole Hogenson (she/her/miss)

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Information & Referral Coordinator

Rowan Yates (she/her/hers)

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Executive Director

Wendy Cox (she/her)

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Board of Directors

Chair

Pat Danforth

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Vice-Chair

Jeremy Scott (he/him)

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Treasurer

Melanie Gold (she/her)

treasurer@drcvictoria.com
Secretary

Doug Copley (he/him)

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Director

Kim Donaldson (she/her)

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Director

Lynn Mullally

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Director

Caroline Sheldrake (she/her)

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Director

Gordon Rowell

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Director

Saira Walters (she/her)

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Join the Board

Interested in becoming part of the VDRC Board? Contact Wendy, the Executive Director, to inquire at 250-595-0044 ext. 107 or email at director@drcvictoria.com.

Or download the fillable PDF application: VDRC Board Member Application

Or fill out the Google Form here

Board Bios

Pat Danforth, Chair

Pat Danforth has more than 45 years’ governance and board experience in government and non-profit sectors. Pat has worked on rights-based issues since becoming reliant on a wheelchair in 1970. She volunteers on CCD’s Transportation Committee and Human Rights Committee. Pat is on the BC Ferries’ Accessibility Advisory Committee.  She is a founding mother of the Disabled Women’s Network (DAWN). Pat’s career includes work for provincial and federal governments, Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission, as well as the Canadian Labour Congress. Her varied background includes the Saskatchewan Public Service Commission Board of Commissioners, Regina Health District Board, National Transportation Agency and CUPE National’s Disability Working Group. She has specialist knowledge of rights and disability issues, policies and programs. She was a chapter in Peter Mansridge’s book “Extraordinary Canadians”.

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Jeremy Scott (he/his), Vice-Chair

Jeremy grew up outside of Courtenay and has been a Vancouver Islander for almost all his life. He moved to Victoria to complete his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Philosophy, and has since worked for both non-profits and in the public sector with over 10 years of HR and leadership experience. Outside of his current leadership role within Service BC, Jeremy also sits as a panel member for the Employment and Assistance Appeals Tribunal. He currently sits on the Board of Directors as Co-Chair of the Strategic Human Resources Committee.

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Doug Copley (he/him), Secretary

Doug is the founder and owner of Copley Inclusive Solutions, a Universal Design and Accessibility Consulting company based in Victoria, BC. This follows over 25 years’ experience in the construction industry. The experience and knowledge he has accumulated in both residential and commercial construction has proven to be valuable when assessing the pre-existing built environment and designing new builds to create meaningful access for people of all abilities. His drive to create accessibility for all stems from living with an invisible disability and being a father of children with disabilities.

secretary@drcvictoria.com
Melanie Gold (she/her), Treasurer

Melanie has been a dedicated Board Member with VDRC since 2021. She brings extensive experience in finance, communications, and accounting to the organization. Melanie holds a CPA designation and is currently advancing her professional career in the Public Health Sector. Growing up on Vancouver Island, Melanie has developed deep roots within the community. She is passionate about supporting those around her and advocates for healthy living.

treasurer@drcvictoria.com
Kim Donaldson (she/her), Director

Kim has been a board member with the VDRC since 2021. She has actively supported disability communities across North America through her work in employment services and digital accessibility. Most recently, Kim was responsible for launching a free and accessible online learning program called Fable Pathways, in which learners can gain skills to work in the tech sector from subject matter experts with disabilities. Kim brings a background of human resources management, including work with the Kootenay Adaptive Sport Association, as well as growth marketing and fundraising from her work with Fable.

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Lynn Mullally, Director

Lynn grew up in PEI and attended UPEI. She obtained her MSW in Waterloo, Ontario and worked in the social work field in PEI, before moving to BC in 1979. Lynn worked for Ministry of Children and Family Development for 13 years and then at the Women’s Sexual Assault Center and Phoenix Human Services for another 13 years. She worked mostly with children in care. Her life-long passion has been working towards health and safety for women and children. In 2014, Lynn developed a spinal cord injury and had to resign from working. She has been focusing on her own health and gaining back the strength that she lost.  She is a member of SCI-BC and has been serving as a Board of Director at the VDRC for four years.

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Caroline Sheldrake, Director

Caroline was born and raised on the territories of the Lekwungen peoples, known today as the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations. Having earned her degree in sociology from the University of Victoria, she has since joined the BC Public Service. Caroline was first introduced to the VDRC while volunteering behind the parking permitting desk. She is grateful to be back and continue to serve her community and work to ensure all citizens’ fair and equal access and participation.

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Gordon Rowell, Director

Gordon was born in the UK and his grandfather served in the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force during World War One and as a farmer on Vancouver Island. He has worked in Ontario, Puerto Rico and the Cayman Islands and has extensive managerial, leadership and community organizing experience in private sector, the I.M.F. and government. He created a non-profit government organization designed to help the under-privileged in need of medical care. During his time overseas, he volunteered his time to causes, including homelessness, and deeply values his community, remaining passionate about addressing issues of poverty and inclusivity.

vdrcboard4@drcvictoria.com
Saira Walters

Saira lives on beautiful Vancouver Island and had the pleasure of attending the University of Victoria and Royal Roads for her undergrad and MBA. Her background is primarily in finance and not-for-profit work, and prides herself on creating opportunities for community impact. Much of her career has been with RBC Royal Bank within Senior Branch Leadership, and most recently in Commercial Financial Services as a Relationship Manager for Indigenous Governments. Working directly with First Nations Governments, their not-for-profits and economic development arms has been an extremely rewarding and important learning journey for her.  A role that continues to teach the her the true power of reconciliation. Outside of work, you can find Saira in the community where she grew up giving back through volunteerism, spending time by the ocean or with friends and family.

vdrcboard1@drcvictoria.com