BOARD OF DIRECTORS

CVTS is governed by a dynamic, 10-member Board of Directors, each of whom brings expertise that fosters good governance of the organization and a commitment to support women, children and families in the Comox Valley through the effective delivery of CVTS services. 

Jan Adams

Jan Adams

President (She/Her/Hers)

Jan is a retired Public Health Nurse of 35 years with education and training in leadership, adult education, women’s health and community development. Jan has served on several other non-profit boards in northern B.C. and the Comox Valley, and has been on the CVTS Board since 2004.

Janice Thorburn

Janice Thorburn

Treasurer (She/Her/Hers)

Janice is an accountant who has been practicing in the field for over 25 years. She was involved in Rotary for about 15 years and is excited to share her financial expertise as part of the CVTS Board of Directors. Janice is committed to furthering the CVTS vision of a community of people who are respected, safe and supported.

Christy Faraher-Amidon

Christy Faraher-Amidon

Secretary (She/Her/Hers)

Christy is a retired Speech-Language PathologIst who has worked with individuals with special needs across the age span. She brings experience in program management as well as governance with the Boards of the College of Speech and Hearing BC and Atira Transition Society in Surrey, BC. She came to the Comox valley in 2015 and joined the Board as a Director in 2019, eager to continue and advance the powerful work of CVTS.

Sharon Farquharson

Sharon Farquharson

Director (She/Her/Hers)

Sharon has been a Social Worker in the Comox Valley for over 25 years. Her work has centred on building family capacity and helping children reach their full potential. She joined the CVTS Board in 2003 and is committed to the values and mission of CVTS.

Nancy Bock

Nancy Bock

Director (She/Her/Hers)

Nancy is a retired clinical counsellor who has lived and worked in the Comox Valley for 30 years. Her professional practice focused on the needs of children, women,and families. Nancy is happy to bring her experience with mental health services and with community consultation and development to the CVTS Board.

Ingrid Brown

Director (She/Her/Elle)

Rev. Ingrid Brown, BFA, MDiv. is the lead minister at Weird Church, a non-traditional community in the United Church of Canada, integrating her inter-religious, interdisciplinary studies at the Vancouver School of Theology with a focus on the Judeo-Christian narratives and Indigenous studies.  Ingrid has been a community activist since highschool, participating in sit-ins, walk-fors, and write-tos for decades.  Her passion for supporting women and children seeking shelter and support and those struggling with substance abuse started in college with a fundraising performance of The Vagina Monologues in support of North Shore Women’s Centre and she has been working with Avalon Centres, women’s treatment centres and recovery houses, and other transitional and support spaces since then.  She is delighted and honoured to work with the Comox Valley Transition Society and the vital work to keep folks safe and warm in the Valley.

 

 

Marcie Dumais

Marcie Dumais

Director (She/her/hers)

Marcie is a non-profit management professional with over a decade of experience working in fund development, research, project management, communications, and community engagement. She loves the Comox Valley and its people. Nothing makes her happier than seeing how we lift one another up and how we come together to make this community better. Marcie is honoured to sit on the board and to support the exceptional work of the CVTS team.

Robert Wolfe

Robert Wolfe

Director

Rob started his career in 1978 with one of the largest European asset managers. He specialized in estate and retirement planning and in 1994, was promoted to Office Manager with a staff of 25 at the London, U.K. branch. In 2001, Rob took on a new challenge and joined a small team in central London to launch a pension company, which became a great success within five years.

In the U.K., Rob was highly qualified in his field and achieved “chartered status.” Rob’s commitment to the investment business led him to Odlum Brown attracted by its independence, solid long-term track record, and reputation in the industry that is second to none.

Meredith Martin

Meredith Martin

Director (She/Her/Hers)

Meredith has Coast Salish ancestry with the Snuneymux Nation. She is a retired clinical Counsellor. She worked for Child and Youth Mental Health as an aboriginal outreach clinician and for Island Health as an eating disorder therapist. She co-facilitates Building Bridges Through Understanding the Village, an experiential workshop that brings understanding of the impact of Residential Schools and colonization on Indigenous peoples. 

Diane Naugler

Diane Naugler

Director (They/Them)

Diane is the Executive Director of Future Students and Community Engagement at North Island College and the Executive Director of the North Island College Foundation. They bring twenty-five year of experience in post-secondary education and a diverse history of volunteer, no-profit and advocacy experience to their role as a director. Diane has called the Comox Valley home for eight years. Diane is an advocate for social justice, equity and inclusion. They joined the CTVS Board in 2023.