Board of Directors
Kimanda Jarzebiak is the owner of Ascent Public Affairs, a BC-based consulting firm. After holding positions in conflict resolution at the BC Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs, and as an Assistant to a BC Member of Parliament, Kimanda joined a crisis communications consulting firm in 1994. Since then, she has provided communications and government relations assistance to a range of organizations, from international coalitions to provincial health care associations.
An experienced campaign manager, she often taught at the Canadian Women’s Voters Congress campaign school, a non-partisan effort to bring more women to public office. Through their auspices, she has provided mentorship to a number of elected officials. She has also been a guest lecturer in the University of Victoria’s Masters in Public Administration program, specifically related to the intersection of political imperatives and the public policy process.
Kimanda is a certified climbing instructor, a member of the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides, and is the Chair of the not-for-profit Boulders Climbing Gym. She was the organizer of the 2013 World Youth Climbing Championships and has hosted many local, provincial, national and international sporting events. She also served as a team manager and coach for the national climbing team for nine years.
Brett is a chartered professional accountant and a partner with Trenholme & Company. He has been with the firm since 2008 when he started as an articling student. Brett specializes in small business and personal tax aiming to help provide value and insight to his clients. Brett is born and raised in Victoria and obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Victoria and his Accounting Diploma from Camosun College.
Brett has a passion for sport and has previously volunteered as the treasurer for Castaway Wanderers Rugby Club. He is active recreationally in many sports and enjoys trying new activities. He and his wife are also kept busy with their two young daughters.
Sherri Bell is a passionate educational leader who began her tenure as the President of Camosun College on July 1, 2015.
Sherri began her career in academics as a teacher in Calgary followed by positions as Vice-Principal and then Principal in the K-12 system in BC. For four years, Sherri worked as a full-time sessional instructor and administrator at the College of the Rockies in Cranbrook, BC, teaching a variety of third and fourth year Faculty of Education courses in a University of Victoria satellite program. She also worked as a contractor with the Ministry of Education where she supported school districts across the province implementing new curriculum and assessment practices.
For the past 19 years, Sherri has worked in the Greater Victoria School District in various administrative capacities, most recently as Superintendent of Schools/Chief Executive Officer.
Bob Cameron received his law degree from the University of Victoria in 1990. He articled at Lang Michener Lawrence & Shaw, Vancouver and then flew straight to New Zealand where he completed his Masters of Jurisprudence with distinction and lectured in Equity at the University of Auckland, Law School. He then pursued his passion for bicycle road and track racing in New Zealand, North America and Belgium for 2 years (he always raced ‘clean’ and has the results to prove it!), before joining Deborah A. Acheson, Q.C.’s practice in 1995. He started his own firm in 2004. He represents only people who have meritorious claims for compensation as a result of serious bodily injury. He has appeared in all levels of court. He is motivated by his wife, Heather and three beautiful children, Stuart, Georgia and Sarah, and inspired by the courage of his clients.
Stephen Chang was appointed to the Board of Camosun College on July 31, 2014. Stephen is a builder and business owner operating in the Capital region. Active in the community he and his wife Astrid are involved with many local charities and community groups around the Capital region. He is currently a Director on the board of the Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary, where he chairs the Facilities and Ecosystems committee.
After pursuing an education in Business at Camosun College and the University of Victoria, he went on to serve as Special Assistant to David Anderson, M.P. for Victoria and Minister of the Environment. While there he worked on the Species at Risk Act (SARA), Fisheries conservation, and the Gulf Island National Park. Following his time in Ottawa, Stephen returned to Saanich to start his own construction company and focus on his young family. He is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hiking, fishing and golf in his spare time.
Milena is a passionate advocate for the promotion and advancement of sport and physical activity. She has worked for the Province of British Columbia for nearly 20 years, including in her current role as the Manager of Physical Literacy and Healthy Settings at the Ministry of Health. Milena holds a Master of Arts (Exercise Physiology) and a Bachelor of Education (Physical Education) from the University of Victoria. Her career has focused on promoting and demonstrating the benefits of sport and physical activity in education settings, injury prevention, and policy development and implementation.
Milena was a member of the Canadian Women’s Field Hockey Team from 1989 to 1993, competing in the 1990 World Cup, 1991 World University Games and the 1992 Olympic Summer Games. Milena is an active volunteer in the community, serving on the boards of the Field Hockey Victoria and the Victoria Junior Field Hockey Associations, coaching youth at the community and high school levels, and acting as a coach learning facilitator.
For the past 22 years Phil has worked within the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 230 and serves currently as the Business Manager/ Financial Secretary. Phil has also worked as a construction electrician for various electrical construction contractors and a marine electrician for Yarrows Shipyard. He has served on various training institutional boards such as the Industry Training Authority’s Maritime Sector Advisory Group, the Western Joint Electrical Training Society and Camosun’s Electrical Program Advisory Committee. Phil has served in various capacities in many other boards in labour, quasi-judicial in government and charitable organizations. Phil holds Red Seal Construction Electrician designation from Camosun College and his Negotiation and Mediation certificate from the British Columbia Justice Institute.
Deb Whitten serves as Associate Superintendent for School District 61. She has spent the last 10 years working in an administrative capacity at both the district and school level, having taught over the years at a number of schools in Greater Victoria. Deb holds a Masters degree of Education in Leadership Studies, and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Victoria. She is passionate about providing children the necessary tools and opportunities to live an active, healthy life. Deb was a member of the Canadian National Field Hockey Team and competed in the World Cup in 1990 and 1994, the Pan American Games in 1991 and 1995 and the Olympic Games in 1992. She currently serves as the Board of Directors President for BC School Sports.
Deb is married to Wayne and has one daughter, Madison. Deb loves to run, ski and stay active with her daughter.
Currently, Suzanne is a department head at St. George’s School in Vancouver, British Columbia focused on the creation of a vision and strategic action plan for environmental stewardship across both campuses. She is a certified teacher and teaches within the physical education department as well as managing the swimming pool facility. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Commonwealth Games Canada and the Executive Board of the Commonwealth Games Federation.
She holds a Masters of Arts Degree in Leadership from Royal Roads University, and an Education Certification and Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Victoria. In Victoria, Suzanne taught with School District 61 before moving to Vancouver in 2007. Suzanne has competed for Canada at the Commonwealth Games and World Championships in the sports of Swimming and Triathlon. In the past she served on the Triathlon Canada and AthletesCAN board of directors focusing on work that included the creation of team selection and funding criteria policies, strategic planning, governance and athlete advocacy.
Suzanne is a keen runner and is married to Ryan, a Simon Fraser University lecturer, and has one son.