Campbell River Volunteer Society
2020-2021 Board of Directors
Marcia McKay – President: Marcia has lived, worked, and traveled across Canada, and chose Campbell River for her retirement. She has extensive management experience with the federal government in finance, personnel, administration, and IT. She 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 is known for her research and writing abilities. Marcia is currently on the boards of the Seniors’ Centre as well as Senior Housing, is secretary for Shoreline Arts, and is a Willow Point Lion.
One of Marcia’s goals this year is to improve networking between non-profit groups to share knowledge, experience, and equipment; the umbrella that is Volunteer Campbell River is the perfect place for that!
Brett Woodside, Vice-President Brett obtained his Juris Doctor degree from the University of British Columbia and returned home to Campbell River to work 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 travelling, 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 Executive Director, 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.
Trish Whiteside, Treasurer: Trish was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec. After travelling across Canada, and several moves and career changes, she landed in Campbell River. Trish brings with her extensive knowledge of bookkeeping and accounting, inventory control, trust and estate planning, mutual funds, money market and short-term lending. Her career landed her a job in Calgary, and she joined Confederation Life Insurance and enjoyed an 18-year career as a broker and branch administrator of their Calgary Division. After a visit to Vancouver Island and the closing of Confederation Life, with a new husband and family, the decision to move to the island was set.
Trish’s education includes journalism at Concordia University, the Canadian Securities Course, and the Chartered Life Underwriters Course, as well as attending North Island College and Discovery Community College where she upgraded her computer skills. In 2003 she began a volunteer position with Daybreak Rotary who needed help with, “The Maritime Heritage Project”. A full-time position to run the centre as Operations Manager presented itself in 2005. After 14 years with the Maritime Heritage Centre Trish retired in 2017 to spend more time with her family and her new granddaughter.
Trish’s strength is in people and helping with the organizing of events and fundraisers. She believes in a team effort and working together to get a job done. Volunteers are the heart of any community and as Volunteer Campbell River is an organization that encapsulates that, Trish joined the board of directors and soon took on the role as Treasurer.
Shardae Scott, Director: Shardae moved to Campbell River in 2016 after working as a Marketing and Sales Manager in California for 4 years. She was born and raised in Langley, B.C. and decided to move to Vancouver Island when relocating back to B.C.
She completed her Marketing Management Diploma at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and is now enrolled in the Interactive Media & Design Program at North Island College. Currently Shardae works as the Marketing and Communications Manager for KeyStone Financial.
Shardae is excited to join the leadership team at Volunteer Campbell River and help contribute to the growth of the organization. In the past, she has volunteered with the Boys & Girls Club of Canada & Operation Smile. She believes in VCR’s mission and sees the value the organization brings to the community and the people living here. She loves keeping active and being outdoors, her hobbies include hiking, camping, fishing and exploring the island.
Thomas Nowak, Director: Thomas moved to Campbell River in the summer of 2016 from his hometown of Prince George, BC to work as part of the Administrative Team at Alitis Investment Counsel. He holds a Bachelor’s of Commerce degree from the University of Northern British Columbia, with a Major in Finance. He is currently working towards the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)
Ashley Russo, Director: Ashley is currently employed at North Island College supporting the Faculty of Trades and Technical programs in developing new programs, managing projects, and drafting proposals for various funding opportunities. She moved to Campbell River two years ago from Kelowna, BC where she worked for the YMCA of Okanagan. While in this role, she applied for program funding; created, instituted, and trained employees on new policies; and presented reports and recommendations to the Executive team and Board of Directors. Ashley’s roles have varied from employment advising, grant writing, risk management, HR, and project management to supporting Boards with their constitution, bylaws and policies. Ashley joined the Board of Directors for Volunteer Campbell River in 2019.