Campbell River Volunteer Society
2016-2017 Board of Directors
Vicki Hamilton- President: I first experienced the effects of helping others when I was a peer tutor in high school. This effect established a desire to continue to help others and this has translated into various volunteering experiences over the past 30 years.
After completing my degree in Finance from BCIT and beginning a career in accounting in Vancouver my family had the opportunity to return to island living in 1991. This is when the experiences began as family life lent itself well to my desire to volunteer. Various positions on the children’s PAC were served as well as various sporting associations.
Once the children were more or less grown other passions were committed to including the Kidstart mentoring program through the John Howard Society, the Campbell River Womens Centre, St. Patricks Parish, Habitat for Humanity and her first tour on the Campbell River Volunteer Centre Board.
Yes, I said first tour. As I return from a short hiatus from volunteering, I am glad to have found an open position once again on the Centre’s Board as I have always found volunteering to foster balance in my life. And volunteering in Campbell River is easy and enjoyable and the Campbell River Volunteer Centre is a huge part of this and I wish to contribute to its ongoing success.
Brett Woodside-Vice-Chair: Brett obtained his Juris Doctor degree from the University of British Columbia and returned home to Campbell River to article with the law firm of Tees Kiddle Spencer. He was called to the BC Bar in 2015 and maintains a general law practice which includes advising local businesses on corporate and commercial matters.
Brett has volunteered at a variety of organizations including the Law Students Legal Advice Program at UBC, which provides free legal advice to low-income individuals, as well as the Artist’s Legal Outreach Program, which provides free legal advice to people in the arts community. Brett has also contributed to the Canadian Civil Liberties Association through volunteer work with Pro Bono Students Canada.
Brett believes volunteerism in Campbell River plays a key role in the development of the community. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Campbell River Volunteer Society since 2014.
His hobbies include traveling, baseball and golf.
Cynthia Bendickson, Secretary: Cynthia was born and raised in Campbell River and on nearby Hardwicke Island. Cynthia holds a B.Sc. (Hons) Agroecology from UBC, as well as an M.Sc. Environmental Decision Making from the Open University in Britain. She is a Registered Professional Biologist.
After spending 5 years after graduation working in local government in Britain, she returned home to Campbell River and Hardwicke in 2012. Cynthia currently works for Greenways Land Trust in Campbell River as Special Projects Manager, as well as running her own consulting business.
Volunteering has always been a part of Cynthia’s life and it has opened many doors for her professionally, as well as being incredibly rewarding on a personal level. Cynthia has seen first-hand how volunteers can make communities better places in many different ways.
Cynthia is pleased to join the Board of Volunteer Campbell River and to be able to further influence the opportunities for volunteers in Campbell River, as well as support non-profit organizations in our community.
Cynthia’s hobbies include birdwatching, gardening, and spending time at Hardwicke.
Marcia McKay – Director: Marcia McKay has lived, worked, and travelled across Canada, and chose Campbell River for her retirement. She has extensive experience with the federal government and was a ministerial appointee with the BC Employment and Assistance Appeal Tribunal for six years. As a civilian, she worked for the Abbotsford Police Department. She maintains a consulting business and creates business plans, does event management, and is known for her research and writing abilities.
Taunya Holland, Director : bio and picture to follow.