2015 VCLA Winners


Lifetime Achievement Award for Community Leadership

United Way Greater Victoria Award for Community Collaboration & Partnership 

Clarence (Butch) Dick, Songhees First Nations Elder

Maureen Sawa, Greater Victoria Public Library 

Clarence is a Songhees First Nation elder and is an inspiring local visionary trained in fine art. He plays a pivotal role in youth empowerment and whose tireless commitment to creatively championing the Songhees carving style has touched every generation. Clarence believes intrinsically in leading by example and so he helped laugh the Songhees Recreation and Wellness Centre in 2013. He designed and created the Signs of Lekwungen Interpretive Walkway along the inner harbour.   Maureen Sawa is an award-winning librarian and the CEO of the Greater Victoria Public Library. Maureen is known for her collaborative approach to library service and community development. She developed Hamilton Public Library’s spectacular Central Library renovation project, an innovative partnership with the Hamilton Farmer’s Market. 

UVic Award for Community Leadership


Bill Anderson, UVic

Bruce Parisian, Victoria Native Friendship Centre

Bill Anderson brings over 38 years’ experience providing accounting and advisory services to a variety of organizations and businesses. Bill has been instrumental in linking UVIC with the community. He recruits volunteers from the business community for the Innovation Centre for Entrepreneurs.   Bruce is the Executive Director of the Victoria Native Friendship Centre and links UVIC and the Greater Victoria community to benefit the public. In particular, he has benefitted the urban Indigenous people of our community. He’s done so by partnering with UVIC on the President’s Advisory Council on Indigenous Education, the First People’s House project and an Aboriginal library.  

Rotary Clubs of Greater Victoria Award for Community Service


Kelly Reid, Island Health

Scott Treble, Saanich Police

Kelly Reid has been Director of Mental Health and Substance Use Services at Island Health since 2010. During his 20+ years of service, Kelly has strengthened community services by collaboratively developing innovative evidence-based programs including housing, rehabilitation, and assertive community treatment. Staff Sergeant Scott Treble is a Saanich Police supervisor in the Community Engagement Division. His police leadership supports community-based programs and services such as School Liaison, Crime Prevention, Bike Section, Block Watch and Volunteers. Scott is a former RCMP officer and having graduated from the University of Regina. His community service leadership includes Big Brothers and Sisters.  

Victoria Foundation Award for Community Capacity & Change

Coast Capital Award for Children & Youth Leadership 

Pacifica Housing Advisory Association

Alex Harned, Oakland Sunset Market

Pacifica Housing is a non-profit charitable organization that provides affordable housing for low-income families, persons with a disability and adults who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.   Alex is a lover of the community and a proponent of a resilient local economy. Alex was inspired to create a space where the community could gather to celebrate local food, art, music, and diversity. In early 2012, she undertook the talk of growing a farmer’s market in her community of Oaklands. Today, the Oakland Sunset Market supports over 100 vendors and showcases over 60 musicians. Alex is gregarious, passionate, and diligent in her commitment to the sustainability and quality of the Oaklands Market

Royal Roads University Award for Leadership Excellence through Coaching and Mentoring

Leadership Victoria Award for Accomplished Alumni

Ingrid Bergmann, BCHRMA

Maja Tait, Mayor of District of Sooke

Ingrid supports senior and emerging leaders in the public and private sector to make a positive impact with staff and colleagues as well as in their communities within BC. Ingrid contributed as a volunteer mentor/coach for BCHRMA, Leadership Victoria and as a distinguished alumnus. She is valued by the people and teams she coaches.   Maja Tait graduated from the Leadership Victoria program in 2006. She actively volunteered in the community of Bragg Creek, Alberta with organizations like the Girl Guides of Canada, the Victoria Women’s Sexual Assault Centre and the Sooke Harbourside Lions Club. Maja utilized her leadership development by advancing her career in property management and served as municipal councilor for the community of Sooke in 2008.



From us at Leadership Victoria, congratulations to the individuals recognized and celebrated for their acts of leadership in our community.