OUR TEAM

Leadership Victoria attracts dedicated, talented, and dynamic leaders. Thousands of people in the community and across the country have been connected through Leadership Victoria. Most local leaders have a direct connection to our work.

Team work
 

STAFF

While we do offer the best quality products and services, what really makes Leadership Victoria great is our incredible team. Passionate, experienced, talented and friendly, we truly have the best of the best. Get to know the people behind the business, who are dedicated to making sure your needs are not only met, but exceeded.

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GUME ARZOLA

Program Manager

Gume is a program designer, facilitator and team coach. With over ten years of experience in the talent development field, he uses experiential learning tools to create innovative learning experiences. Gume shares the purpose of Developing Community Leadership with Leadership Victoria and is committed to developing outstanding leadership development programs for Victoria's leaders who want to change the world, starting here.

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NICOLE PAYIE

Administrative Assistant

Nicole is a Victoria native who loves working with non-profit organizations. With a MMus degree from the University of Ottawa, Nicole found a passion for community outreach teaching early childhood music classes in communities in the Greater Victoria area. Nicole assists in our annual celebration of local leadership at the Victoria Community Leadership Awards and provides support to our programming team for the Community Leadership Development Program

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MARK CROCKER

Executive Director

Mark is a dynamic communicator on culture, community-building, values, and international development. His background as a humanitarian development worker reveals a passion to build healthy communities in Canada and around the world. Mark has extensive experience in organizational leadership and is always looking to develop, celebrate, and support leaders who put in the hard work to build community.

 

BOARD MEMBERS

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BRYAN MAVROW

Board Chair

Bryan is a business and community leader passionate about helping others reach their potential professionally, and in their communities. He's enjoyed a career as a senior leader with a cooperative bank, where he helped grow community contribution across BC.

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CURTIS SMITH

Outgoing Board Chair

coming soon

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PENNY JADWIN

Vice President, Program Committee

Penny has held many varied corporate leadership roles across Canada and the US. She has most enjoyed those roles that involve the challenges of transforming business and managing change. Penny serves as a Board VP and Programming Committee Chair.

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JOANNA MAY

Vice President, HR Committee

Joanna is a CPHR and works as the Director of HR for Community Living Victoria. She also develops/facilitates private HR training with a focus on managing within a unionized environment, and hosts a LR roundtable through CPHR BC & Yukon.

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CALVIN JENNINGS

Secretary, Governance Committee

Calvin has served diverse populations through the non-profit and public sectors. In his current role in the BC Public Service, he focuses on poverty reduction, homelessness, and strategic partnerships. In previous positions, he has strengthened partnerships and provided consulting services to non-profit organizations.

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JULIANNE VAN DYK

Treasurer

Julianne received her CPA designation in 2020 and works for a local public practice firm. Born and raised on the island, she enjoys all aspects! Her favourite place to spend time is Shawnigan lake.

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CAROLINE HUDSON

Victoria Community Leadership Awards

Caroline has been a volunteer with LV for two and a half years now and is again organizing the VCLAs from top to bottom. Caroline has a long career with the Federal Government and as a retiree, volunteers her time additionally with Santas Anonymous Victoria.

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DAVE MARECEK

Financial Stability

coming soon

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GARTH CATERS

Director at Large

Coming soon.

 

OUR VCLA TEAM

The Passionate Volunteer team behind the Victoria Community Leadership Awards

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CAROLINE HUDSON

Caroline has been an LV volunteer for two and a half years now and is again organizing the VCLAs from top to bottom. Caroline has a long career with the Federal Government as a retiree, volunteers her time additionally with Santas Anonymous.

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SABRINA LAI

Being born and raised in Victoria, BC, Sabrina is excited to be a part of an organization that recognizes leaders in her community.

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VIANNA TABASI

Vianna Tabasi is a Masters of Tourism Mangement student at Royal Roads University after receiving a Masters in Chemistry in Iran.. Previously, Vianna was a sales and marketing manager with 10 years experience in the pharmaceutical industry.

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IOCHABEL SANTOS

Iochabel is an enthusiastic volunteer in community ventures which improve quality of life.  She and her husband moved to Victoria to study at UVic.

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LINDA RAMBAUD

Linda has been volunteering 2 years with LV to contribute & make a difference to leadership and community. She is originally from France, now lives in Victoria and owns Lindara Design, a creative floral business.

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NEHA SHARMA

Neha came from India in 2018 as an international student to pursue Masters in Global Management from RRU in Victoria. Since completing the program she been working as Community Engagement Coordinator with HERE Magazine and has served on the City of Victoria's Participatory Budgeting Steering Committee.

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VERONICA MELO

Veronica is a creative, enthusiastic and motivated digital marketer. After 3 years working with international students in Brazil, she is dedicated to connecting with people and sharing ideas and is volunteering with Leadership Victoria.

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DAVID GIRODAY

David recently relocated to Victoria to pursue a career in local government law with Stewart McDannold Stuart. Prior to relocating to Vancouver Island David completed his legal studies in Windsor, Ontario and began his career practicing civil litigation in Vancouver. David has experience working with legal aid and non-profit community outreach on Vancouver's downtown eastside.

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SARAH HOSTETTLER

Sarah was born and raised in beautiful Victoria and attended fine arts programs at Camosun Langara College. The arts have always been a passion for Sarah. She is excited to be part of Leadership Victoria to help support local leaders in our community and to work with a wonderful group of people.

 

OUR PODCAST TEAM

The Volunteers behind "How I Did It" - The Leadership Victoria Podcast

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MICHAEL ANTHONY

Senior Producer

Mike is a senior producer at Workday. He shoots commericals for products like Slack and Microsoft Teams, as well as music videos for Juno nominated musicians. How? He drinks four shots of espresso four times a day. Everyday.

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CHANDRIMA MAZUMDAR

Producer | Blogger

Chandrima writes on topics related to leadership, diversity, media and gender equality. Originally from India, Chandrima moved to Victoria with her daughter to study at Royal Roads University.

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BRYAN ROWLEY

Producer | Background

Bryan is a passionate community builder and community developer that collaborates with like-minded individuals, community-focused, and neighbourhood level organizations to foster community leadership

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AMANDA BIGGS

Producer | Booking

Amanda is a former journalist who enjoys writing and production. She’s drawn to  community leadership, environmental advocacy, and social equity. Amanda is happiest outside hiking or cycling and getting lost in audiobooks and podcasts.