Carolina Ibarra joined Pacifica Housing from Vancouver’s Brightside Community Homes Foundation, where as Director of Strategic Initiatives, she and her team designed and implemented a community development initiative focused on improving housing stability through programs and partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders. She has also overseen the development and execution of a strategic real estate development plan that aimed to double the number of affordable homes the organization will provide over the next decade.
She holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations, and has additional experience and education in Property Management, in the private and non-profit sectors, as well as with public/private/non-profit partnerships. Her experience extends into Real Estate Portfolio Management; marketing for travel, leisure and recreational real estate; operations management; new market opening; project management; training and Business Development.
Laurel Houniet - Director of Finance
Laurel has over 30 years of experience in accounting, the last ten of which have been in the Victoria non-profit sector. This allows her to bring together her passion for accounting and give back to the community by helping others in need. She has a wealth of experience from many different business models, including property management, construction, and development. Laurel has also enjoyed working in her own practice, as well as mentoring and teaching others in her field. Outside of work, Laurel loves to spend time with her family, and enjoys the outdoors accompanied by her dog, Sadie. She also plans regular times to get away and unplug from technology.
Sharon MacDonald - Director of Supportive Services
Sharon has over 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.
Ryan Hube - Director of People and Culture
As a life-long “people person,” Ryan studied psychology and human resources at the University of Waterloo before starting his human resources career in the steel industry. Ryan has most recently worked in both public health and real-estate development. With a background navigating both union and non-union workforces in Canada and the US, he brings a broad perspective to Pacifica’s people and culture processes. Ryan is excited to leverage his expertise in the areas of strategic planning, performance management, employee & labour relations, recruitment, and coaching.
As a dedicated family man, Ryan enjoys spending his spare time outdoors with his wife Laura and two young children.
Board of Directors
Marnie Hill - Chair
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 has been a member of Pacifica Housing’s Board of Directors since May 2011.
Jaime Hall - Director
Jaime has always been active in the community and joined Pacifica Housing’s Board of Directors in November 2010. He has served on the board for several non-profits and provided volunteer services to a variety of groups, including the John Howard Society and the Imagination Market. He is the 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.
Sang-Kiet Ly - Director
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 for the Victoria CA Association.
Ryan Goodman - Director
Ryan is a Principal of Aryze Developments, a new generation home builder, developer and urban planner built on a foundation of advocacy, innovation, and performance. Ryan helps lead Aryze’s construction, development and marketing efforts and oversees it’s business strategy, financing and operations. He is also a director of Kinsol Timber Systems, a leading provider of architectural beamwork and ambitious Mass Timber installations across Western Canada. Ryan holds a BA (Economics) from Simon Fraser University and an MBA from the University of Victoria.
James Gustafson - Vice Chair & 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.
Raj Sahota - Secretary & Chair of the Development Committee
Rajinder is the Chair of the Development Committee at Pacifica Housing. He 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.
Alison Paul- Director
Alison (Ali) Paul, MSW, RSW (BC & ON) has spent her career in non-profit and humanitarian leadership roles within Canada and internationally. A resident of Victoria since 2011, Ali is currently the national Director of Mental Health, Psychosocial and Protection services with the Canadian Red Cross, providing oversight (and deploying when she can!) to ensure responses integrate safe and supportive environments and consider mental health impacts of disasters and crises. She worked with UNICEF and the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW) prior to returning to Canada with her young family. As a social worker, Ali is committed to social justice and equity, and believes that safe, stable and affordable housing are necessary preconditions for all members of our communities to live full and meaningful lives.