Leadership

Board of Directors

Dr. Deborah George  President

Deborah holds a PhD in psychology from the University of Victoria where she teaches on occasion in the Department of Psychology. She was with the BC Government for 18 years spending most of her career in the area of science and technology, with some seven years as an Assistant Deputy Minister. She finished her final assignment with the Provincial Government in 2000.

 

Deborah’s volunteer work includes strategic planning with non-profit organizations, and extensive board and committee work. She has been a member of Pacifica Housing’s board of directors since 2005 and also currently volunteers with the Victoria Hospice Society. Deborah is married and has one adult son living and working in San Francisco.

Jaime Hall Vice President

Jaime is a lawyer in private practice with Reed Pope LLP, Business Lawyers, in Victoria and has over 20 years of commercial litigation experience. Prior to legal practice, Jaime operated a commercial fishing business on the BC coast.

 

Jaime has always been active in the community and joined Pacifica Housing’s Board of Directors in November 2010. He has served on the boards of several non-profits and provided volunteer services to a variety of groups, including the John Howard Society and the Imagination Market. He is past chair of Raincity Housing in Vancouver, a provider of transitional housing. Jaime strongly believes that stable, decent and affordable housing is the foundation of a dignified life for all members of our community.

James Gustafson  Treasurer

James is a Chartered Accountant who specializes in personal tax returns and small to medium business accounting and tax needs as well as business start-ups and entrepreneur mentoring.  He has been working in accounting in Victoria since 2005 and has previously worked with two firms operating in the Victoria area prior to launching his own practice. Prior to entering the accounting field, James worked at both the Federal and Provincial levels of government and also managed a network of retail businesses in the Victoria area.

 

James joined Pacifica Housing’s board of Directors in November 2010 and also works with the CA School of Business to help train the next generation of Chartered Accountants.

Terry Farmer Secretary

Terry is the Founder and Chairman of Accent Inns, an award-winning family-owned BC hotel chain. The company has a head office and hotel property in Victoria as well as properties at five other BC locations. Mr. Farmer is a long-time supporter of BC tourism and his career has been marked on more than one occasion with notable accolades.

 

Terry has been a member of Pacifica Housing’s Board of Directors since 2009 and also currently volunteers as a United Way Leadership Presenter and as a member of the Go2 Speakers Bureau. He has volunteered on the boards of numerous other charitable, sports and community organizations including the Commonwealth Games, Greater Victoria Hospital Society and the Community Welfare Council.

Marnie Hill  Director

Marnie Hill has been working in the non profit sector since 1980, with post secondary education, healthcare and humanitarian organizations in Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia. Her experience covers a wide range of non profit management and fundraising, including annual campaigns, events, planned giving, and marketing/communications.

 

Marnie has worked on capital campaigns ranging from $4 million to $42 million, and has extensive computer systems knowledge. She is currently Manager, Gift Planning with the Canadian Red Cross and has been a member of Pacifica Housing’s Board of Directors since May 2011.

Sharlie Huffman Director

Sharlie Huffman is owner of Huffman Engineering Services. She was the Senior Bridge Seismic and Structural Health Engineer for the Province of BC and worked for the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure for 33 years before retiring in 2014. She was a member of the Canadian Earthquake Reconnaissance Team to China in 2008 and to Chile in 2010. She has been a member of several boards, professional organizations and non-profits over the years advocating for professional engineering excellence, women in non-traditional fields and literacy. Sharlie has been a member of Pacifica Housing’s Board of Directors since 2005. She is also currently an officer with the Canadian Association for Earthquake Engineering, on the Practice Review Committee of APEGBC and a volunteer and regular judge with the Vancouver Island Science Fair supporting the next generation of scientists and engineers.

Sang-Kiet Ly  Director

Sang is a Partner in KPMG’s Audit practice in Victoria with more than 13 years of experience providing audit and tax services to a wide range of clients. In 2007 Sang was recognized with an Early Achievement Award from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia for his professional accomplishments and contributions to the community.

 

Sang has been a member of the Pacifica Housing Board of Directors since 2003 and also serves as treasurer of the Victoria CA Association.

Rajinder Sahota Director

Raj is a partner with the personal injury law firm of Acheson Sweeney Foley Sahota (www.achesonlaw.ca). Raj began his legal career practicing as a corporate lawyer with a major multinational law firm in New York City, after he completed his articles with an international law firm in Toronto. However, after several years of practicing corporate law, Raj returned to his hometown of Victoria where he sought to commit himself to representing people instead of corporations. Raj dedicates his practice exclusively to representing people who have been injured due to the fault of others, particularly those seeking fair compensation from ICBC.

Management Team

Dean Fortin  Executive Director

Dean came to Pacifica Housing with over 20 years experience in social housing and community development. Prior to joining Pacifica, Dean held office as the Mayor of the City of Victoria from 2008-2014 and was Executive Director of Burnside Gorge Community Centre and The Youth Empowerment Society.

 

While in office, Dean placed affordable housing and tackling issues of homelessness as one of his top priorities. Dean holds a Law Degree and a MA in Education (Counselling Psychology) from the University of Victoria.

Elizabeth Skillings Director of Finance

Elizabeth joins Pacifica Housing after eight  years in public practice and, most recently, four years as Finance Director of the Victoria Symphony. Her background includes a past career as a professional singer, and film producer, before having returned to school as a young single parent to study Finance and Accounting. Elizabeth is thrilled to be joining the team at Pacifica, where her personal passion for social justice will be woven into her professional pursuits.

 

When not crunching numbers, Elizabeth can be found hosting international students with her two teenagers, adopting stray cats, and making music with her family and friends.

Brad Crewson  Director of Support Services

Brad has over 20 years of experience in the social services and counseling fields and has spent the last 10 years filling a number of different roles within Pacifica. Previously he has worked on a variety of projects for people managing mental heath and substance use concerns, including skills development, employment counseling and youth work.

 

Brad is passionate about implementing ‘Housing First’ theory and has championed the Streets to Homes Program as well as played a key role in the growth and development of Pacifica’s supported housing and outreach services.

Colleen Cybulski Director of Property Services

Colleen comes to Pacifica with 12 years experience in Property Management, including work in the private sector, non-profit housing as well as in the housing department of a local municipality in Ontario.  In her role as Housing Advisor at the local municipality, Colleen worked with a portfolio of non-profit housing providers to assist and oversee management of various aspects of their operations, including governance, finances, resident relations and asset management.  Other key areas of focus were interpreting legislation, conducting operational reviews, supporting boards and staff, developing policy and providing housing provider training.

 

Colleen has a BA in Communication Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Business Development and Administration Certificate.

 

Colleen has recently relocated to Victoria and is looking forward exploring the Island. In her down time, you will often find her hiking trails with a four legged companion.

Sharon MacDonald Manager of Supported Housing

Sharon has 20+ years of experience in the social service and counselling fields. Beginning her career in nursing at the University of Alberta Hospital, she then followed her heart into the field of social services.

 

Previously Sharon has coordinated specialized victim service and child advocacy programs, worked as an addictions and life skills counsellor, provided street outreach and mental health supports to individuals experiencing homelessness, and managed programs supporting adults with developmental disabilities.

Angela McNulty-Buell Manager of Outreach Services

Angela has over 15 years experience in the social services field with a focus and passion for mental health and addictions work.  She has worked within the non-profit sector  as an addictions counselor, youth outreach worker, housing manager, policy/proposal writer and researcher.  Angela holds a BA in Criminology from St. Thomas University, and an MA in Legal Studies from Carleton University in Ottawa.

 

In her role as Manager of Outreach Services, Angela provides support to both staff and tenants, ensuring that Pacifica’s mission is actualized and people’s lives are enhanced.

Paola Levet Manager of Supported Housing

Paola came to Pacifica with over 20 years experience in the private and non-profit sectors, holding senior administrative positions at corporations such as Johnson & Johnson, RBC Dominion Securities, Bank of Montreal and The Trust for Sustainable Development. In 2011 Paola made an important career change based on 15 years of volunteering with agencies dedicated to serving marginalized populations facing homelessness, mental illness and/or addictions. Since 2011, Paola has held a variety of different frontline positions with non-profit organizations; these positions included Outreach Worker, Emergency Shelter Worker, Housing Support Worker and Housing Team Lead. Prior to joining the Pacifica team, Paola worked for Our Place Society, and she also served on the Board of Directors for the Bipolar Society of BC and the Victoria Human Exchange Society. These positions prepared Paola for stepping into the role of Manager of Supported Housing at Pacifica Housing after her promotion from Supported Housing Team Lead. Paola’s commitment to this line of work, her leadership skills and her passion for Harm Reduction – Housing First, make Paola a great addition to our management team.

 

Paola studied Sociology at the University of Calgary, Social Justice at the University of Victoria, and Mental Health and Addictions at Camosun College.

Tyler Schaus Manager of Supported Housing

Tyler has 20+ years experience working in social services/non-profits as a sexual assault response team worker, crisis counsellor, youth worker, emergency shelter worker and housing support worker.   Tyler has also volunteered for many years with various organizations and sat on the Board of the Victoria Sexual Assault Center for over 3 years.

 

Tyler is very passionate about safe, affordable housing for all and as a trans guy sees the importance of continually striving for LGBTQ2S inclusive housing. Tyler’s passions first brought him to Pacifica in 2010 as a Housing Support Worker, and he left in 2014 to move to Vancouver to assist with launching a Youth Housing Program focused on housing the most marginalized youth: LGBTQ2S, Ministry of Children and Family Development/Vancouver Aboriginal Child & Family Services Society youth in care and Aboriginal youth. Tyler moved back to Victoria a year later to return to Pacifica as the Manager of Supported Housing, a program he is very proud to be a part of.

Sacha Sauvé Manager of Fund Development

Bio coming soon!

Lily Zhou Human Resources Coordinator

Lily Zhou came to Pacifica in 2016 with HR/Recruitment experience in various industries including Financial Services, Oil and Gas and Consulting. She holds a BA in International Business from UVic Gustavson School of Business, and a BA in Management Accounting from Capital University of Economics and Business in Beijing, China. Lily is passionate about a career in Human Resources Management and she believes “people are our most important resource.”