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. John is currently an investor and Director of Operations for Trading Post Brewing Company. John supports the community through his church as well as his work.
Helen Smith has a broad range of career experience in pediatric health care, early childhood education/early intervention with children with special needs and in development/fundraising. Helen has served on various boards and chaired committees including Centennial Infant and Child Centre (for children with special needs), New Visions Homes (housing for developmentally challenged young adults) and the Art Gallery of Ontario. After 40 years in Toronto, Helen recently relocated to Victoria with her husband…. and looks forward to engagement in her new community and especially working with THS to ensure that early intervention with vulnerable youth will provide hope for their futures.
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.
Carol has a B.A. from UBC and M.P.A. from University of Victoria, as well as a Certificate in Mediation from the Justice Institute of BC. Over the years, Carol has worked with many Ministries of the Provincial Government both in frontline services and policy development, finance and administration and HR and Strategic Planning. The latter years were spent planning, coordinating and implementing government change initiatives affecting all Ministries. Carol has served on Church Boards at the Congregational, Presbytery and Conference level and community boards focused on housing and support services for youth, as well as an advisory Board for the Regional District on Agricultural Land Reserve applications. Carol has enjoyed past involvement in contributing to the wellbeing of youth and looks forward to this opportunity to serve on the Board of Threshold Society.
Gillian Hoyer is the Assistant Curate at the Church of St John the Divine, Victoria and a Registered Psychotherapist (CRPO). In addition to being the representative to the Threshold Board from the Anglican Diocese of British Columbia, she brings a history of working in social services, non-profits, and with youth prior to beginning ordained ministry. She has worked for the Victoria Cool Aid Society, Canadian Mental Health Association, Island Health, and volunteered as a counsellor with the South Island Centre for Counselling and Training. She also currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund. Gillian holds a BA in psychology from the University of Victoria, an MA in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University, and a Master of Divinity from Huron University College at the University of Western Ontario.
Andrew Reeve was born and raised in Victoria. He is the Director of Communications & Government Relations for the Trust for Sustainable Development and holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Victoria, having studied Political Science and History. He has been involved with many organizations including Amalgamation Yes, Open Victoria, and was a Senior Fellow at the Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee. Reeve served as the President of the Liberal Party of Canada in Victoria for two years and as a Liberal Campaign Manager in Cowichan-Malahat-Langford during the 2015 federal election. Aside from politics and the community, he is an avid writer, Canucks fan, movie-buff, and a life-long skier.
Karen Blakely has been the Treasurer of Threshold since March 2015. Her accounting and financial background has spanned over 40 years in a multitude of aspects of finance and IT. Her broad financial experience includes over 18 years in senior positons: accounting manager with Dow Chemical in the oil and gas industry, corporate controller for British Columbia Investment Management Corporation and Director of Finance for Our Place Society. She has also served on a number of volunteer boards as treasurer for charitable and non-profit organizations including, Our Place Society, the Open Door Society, Pilgrim United Church and the Victoria Ski Club.
Guy has spent 35 years working in Ottawa in the Child Welfare and Youth Justice Fields, and teaching at Algonquin College in the Police Foundations Program. In Child Welfare, Guy worked for the Children’s Aid Society as a youth worker, a principal Child Abuse Investigative Social Worker and a program supervisor for youth and transitional residences. In Youth Justice, Guy worked one on one with high risk criminally involved young persons at the Easter Ontario Youth Justice Agency and later became Executive Director. While working in Youth Justice, Guy accepted a part-time teaching position at Algonquin College. Finally, Guy is a trained mediator / facilitator and enjoy volunteering with Restorative Justice Victoria. Guy has a BA in Psychology from Ottawa University and an incomplete MA in Pastoral Counselling from St-Paul’s University, in Ottawa. While studying at UofO, Guy played with the GEE-GEEs football team and won the Vanier Cup. His 1975 team was also inducted in the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame. Guy has been enjoying his retirement since 2009.
Donald W Storch, MSW, OC.
Don is a social worker retired from private practise in the Employment Assistance field. Prior to opening his own practise he was employed by the South Vancouver Island Counselling and Assessment Service in Duncan, was a partner in Kelly Luttmer and Associates in Calgary, Vice-President for Children’s Services for Catholic Charities in Edmonton, and Executive Director of the Family Service Association in Edmonton. Don has served on many boards in Victoria, British Columbia and Alberta and Nationally. He was awarded an Order of Canada in 2008 for his extensive volunteer activity. Don’s interests are in social justice, housing, and interconnectedness of social services. He is a member of Lutheran Church of the Cross, Our Place Society and the Shelbourne Community Kitchen. He and his wife (Dr. Janet Storch) have lived in Victoria for over 20 years. They have 3 adult children and 4 grandchildren.