Meet Our Board

Threshold Housing Society Board of Directors 2015-2016

  • Dr. Dennis Anholt (Chair)
  • Rev. David Lefsrud (Vice Chair)
  • Karen Blakeley (Treasurer)
  • Michael Shepherd, QC
  • Frances Linguanti
  • Sean Dhillon
  • Pieta Van Dyke
  • Julia Denley
  • John Reese


Dr. Dennis Anholt

Dr. Dennis M. Anholt, is a Victoria community-builder, having
served on numerous Boards of Directors and volunteer roles
throughout the city. Now retired, he is a former public servant,
consultant and UVic Adjunct Professor.




Dave Lefsrud
[B. Ed., B. Sc., M. Div., CAPPE training, numerous JI courses]

Dave joined the board in 2011 and is the Chair of Strategic Planning and Development Committee. He also was Chair and Member of Victoria Chaplaincy Board (1994-2006). Dave is a Social Worker currently working with CLBC (2003-present) as well as having been a Youth Correctional Chaplain 1989-2003 (Lutheran Clergyperson). Dave has served parishes in Langley and Richmond BC.



Michael Shepherd, QC

Michael Shepherd, Q.C. has served on the board since July 2013 and is a member of the Administration and Governance Committee.  Michael is a lawyer and has worked in that capacity with the Legal Services Branch of the Ministry of Justice for over 30 years.  He has previously served on the boards of other charitable organizations, most recently the Our Place Society.



Frances Linguanti

Frances Linguanti joined the THS board in July 2013 and is co-chair of the Program Delivery and Program Evaluation Committee.  Frances is the Controller for Bluebird Cabs and has volunteered for a number of not-for-profit organizations including the Inter Cultural Association of Greater Victoria and the Self Help Resource Centre.



Sean Dhillon

Sean Dhillon is a finance professional with CIBC Bank with expertise in residential and construction financing across Canada.  Sean is an award winning finance professional and is a long time resident of Victoria. In addition to helping Canadians reaching their financial goals Sean actively volunteers in the community with numerous non-profit agencies. Sean is also trainer and lecturer on Social Media Best Practices and has been recognized for such work by speaking at small and large scale conferences. spare time Sean is a “weekend warrior” whereby he participates in Soccer, Running and Cycling.



Pieta Van Dyke

Pieta retired in 2005 from a 28 year career as a public servant, doing policy work in the areas of employment and labour relations, women’s issues, child care and domestic and international human rights.  While working in these areas she participated in the design and delivery of a number of province-wide programs for at-risk children and income assistance clients, as well as drafting the legislation required to implement these programs.  A commitment to the non-profit sector started as a food co-op member, followed by doing local organization for the People’s Food Commission.  Pieta served on the Executive of the Victoria and District Labour Council, her son’s preschool and elementary school parents’ group, the local branch of the B.C. Schizophrenia Society, and served as Chair of the James Bay Project (a health and family services agency) in the early 1980’s and again in the 1990’s.  She was elected to Victoria City Council in 1987 holding the parks portfolio and sitting on a number of heritage committees.  Pieta enjoys reading, quilting and fabric arts. She is an active member of Rotary International, serving as the International Director for the Harbourside Rotary Club.



Julia Denley

Julia is a pre-medical student at the University of Victoria, studying biochemistry/microbiology and English. She is actively involved in the campus community as President of UVic Hope, the UVic End MS Club, and the UVic Korle-Bu Neuroscience Foundation. Julia is highly passionate about giving back to the community through a number of forms of volunteerism. She has been involved with the MS Society for seven years, helping out with planning fundraisers and special events. She volunteers extensively with the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre, where she serves on the Board of Directors and the Sexual Assault Response Team, as well as doing community outreach and fundraising work. She is particularly interested in helping in the areas of violence prevention, harm reduction, homelessness, and mental health and addictions. She currently works as a recreation aide in a psychogeriatric care facility. Julia is honoured to be involved with Threshold Housing Society, as she believes strongly in the crucial benefit afforded by having a stable and supportive living situation during the formative years of youth.



John Reese

John Reese, loving husband of Renee Reese, and father of three, Adrian, Audrey and Oliver, has a long history of working in management in the hospitality industry. He is currently working for the Truffles Group Inc. in Victoria as Vice President of Operations. As a Parish Council Member of 6 years at St. Philip’s Anglican Church, John supports the community through his church as well as his work. He leads many charitable operations through his company, such as sponsoring breakfasts at Our Place each year, supporting Opportunity International Canada as an official charity partner, working with suppliers, customers and staff to raise money for charity. John also focuses on environmental sustainability through his company – All 9 of the company’s businesses are Certified Green with Vancouver Island Green Business Association, and the company is a previous winner of CRD Climate Action Award.  For his leadership and contributions in the community, John had received the Victoria Chamber of Commerce Business Leadership Award.


What does our Board do?

Our Volunteer Board of Directors works with the Executive Director to support policy development, fundraising, and organizational infrastructure for both houses.
To learn more, watch the following video presentation with past Board Members.




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