We open doors for youth and prevent adult homelessness. We serve at-risk youth experiencing homelessness, aging out of care, or fleeing violence in the home. Young adults who need a place to call home and people who believe in them. We offer safe housing, community and support to help youth make healthy choices and shift toward a brighter future.

OUR VISION A community where all youth thrive.

OUR MISSION Threshold Housing Society works to prevent adult homelessness by providing safe housing, support services, and community to at-risk youth.

 

Our Housing

Housing for homeless youth

Threshold House

Threshold House is a co-ed home, where youth develop community and plan for their future with the support of Threshold staff. As with all THS homes, knowing that they can count on a roof over their heads and on a sense of caring community means that Threshold House youth can concentrate on finding work and finishing school.

 


Mitchell House

Mitchell House is a home where male-identifying youth are given the chance to gain valuable skills and grow towards working or getting an education with the support of Threshold staff. Stability in knowing there’s a roof over their head means they can concentrate on the next steps toward independence.


Holly House

Holly House is a home where female-identifying youth are able to escape intolerable living circumstances and unhealthy relationships. Here, they are able to get the care and support they need to succeed in work and school while moving towards a bright, independent adulthood.


SHY

With the help of our community, the Safe Housing for Youth (SHY) Program connects vulnerable youth with stable and affordable housing.


Our Team

Colin Tessier

Executive Director

Colin has a deep-rooted drive for helping people on the margins of our society. Colin has spent his career in the non-profit sector, focusing primarily in the arears of housing, homelessness, and food security. For the past 12+ years Colin has held senior leadership roles in organizations in Calgary and Victoria, including as the Executive Director of the Mustard Seed here in Victoria. Enjoying the ability to add value to the mission of other non-profit organizations, Colin has also worked frequently as a consultant supporting executives and Boards of Directors on projects that include organizational restructuring, strategic planning, and capacity building. He will often share that his first love professionally is housing, as this is where he has seen the greatest ability to impact peoples lives toward brighter futures. For Colin, there are few things in life more inspiring than seeing someone find a safe home, where they can heal and grow after having come from experiences of trauma and homelessness. Colin is passionate about organizational leadership, creating healthy cultures, and highly effective teams. Following this passion led him to Royal Roads University where he graduated with a Master of Arts in Leadership.
In his spare time Colin loves exploring the city and Island with his wife and young daughter. The family loves hanging out at the beach, camping, or enjoying long walks surrounded by the beauty that is Vancouver Island. Colin can also be found golfing, reading, or relaxing at a coffee shop.


Jody Yurkowsky Pace

Director of Program Services

Jody comes to Threshold with nearly 20 years of experience working in non-profit organizations in Canada, Latvia and Sweden.  She has a background in social work and adult education.  Jody has a deep passion for social justice and poverty issues and enjoys devoting her time to organizations that are committed to the inherent dignity of all people.  Her work with marginalised and homeless youth and adults spans settings from Eastern Europe to Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

In her spare time, Jody can be found on a west coast beach somewhere in rubber boots and a raincoat holding the hand of her little girl and watching her husband throw a stick for their pooch – all the while juggling the obligatory cup of hot coffee and a sand bucket.


Jason Walsh

Youth Mental Health Navigator

Jason has 20 years’ experience working with youth, adults and families through non-profits in Canada. B.A. in Child and Youth Care, Diploma in Community Support Work. Specializing in Mental Health and disabilities. Jason has a passion working with youth who have no advocates, supporting them to find their own voice. Free time is spent with his wife and 6 year old daughter. Jason enjoys playing hockey and curling, and is rarely seen without a cup of coffee.


Marjorie Wall

Youth Engagement Liaison
Marjorie is passionate about social justice and housing first. She completed her Bachelor of Social Work in 2013 with a focus on child welfare as well as mental health and substance use. Since this time, she has gained skills working with various support roles in the in the not for profit sector, as well as in community and tertiary mental health and substance use health services. As Marjorie commenced her degree with the intention of doing youth centered work, she is very happy to be achieving her goals as a member of Threshold’s supportive and passionate youth centered team! New to the island, Marjorie is extremely grateful to be a visitor on Coast Salish Land. She has been a nature lover since she was a child and loves outdoor adventures. As an introvert, Marjorie always has a book and a knitting project on the go. Marjorie cares for a spotted lab, Piper who seems happiest when she can accompany Marjorie to work. Piper loves greeting youth and has the biggest smile on her face and wiggle in her walk when she gets to have regular visits with Threshold program participants.

Sydney Richdale

Youth Engagement Liaison

Sydney was born and raised here in Victoria! As a young child, she developed a strong affinity for animals, arts, nature, sports and helping people! She graduated with her degree in Child and Youth Care from the University of Victoria, and has been working in the housing sector ever since. She also works as a dog walker as she could not stay away from animals even if she tried. When not at work, you can find her volunteering at a local farm, reading books, traveling the world, out in nature, doing art, camping, and playing with her cat!


Lindsay Mitchell

Residential Supervisor

After seeking change from years in hospitality industry, Lindsay made the leap to transitional housing and youth care. As a housing supervisor, Lindsay strives to create a space where all youth that pass through our doors feel like they have a safe space where they are accepted and that they can call home.  When not working, Lindsay can be found singing songs, playing tiny guitars on tiny beaches, exploring new parts of the world and all the delicious sausage rolls that they have to offer.


Jesse Cornes

Residential Supervisor

Jesse graduated from CDI in 2016 with a Social Services Honours Diploma in Mental Health and Addictions. Jesse has previously worked as a Residential Support Worker, has experience working with individuals with Cognitive and Physical barriers and spent some time working in Hospital care facilities. Jesse is a strong advocate for Social Justice and Housing First. Jesse’s favorite things are spending time with his amazing wife and cats and riding fixed gear bikes!


Sarah Morrison

Residential Supervisor

As the supervisor at Holly House, Sarah loves that she gets to spend time with incredible women every single day. With a background in psychology and yoga, Sarah strives to create a space where youth can show up authentically, without fear of judgement and learn to love themselves and support each other. Sarah loves to dance, hang out at the beach, go for walks stopping to smell every flower and pet every dog along the way, make delicious food with friends, and swim.


Susan Mooney

Adminstrative Assistant

Susan was born and raised in Montreal, moving to Victoria with her (then) young family in 1999. With a degree in English Literature (which doesn’t necessarily point one in a specific direction career-wise), she moved into the world of office administration and has been there ever since. With many years’ experience in the medical world and church administration, she joined the Threshold family as recording secretary to the THS Board in 2014 and into the office full time as Administrative Assistant in 2017.
When not assisting administratively, Susan sings with 2 local vocal groups and lives happily as a mom doing mom stuff, sewing theatre costumes, the usual!


Jasmine Nagra

Development Coordinator

Jasmine was born and raised in Victoria, BC. She graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Social Justice. Jasmine is passionate about advocating for social justice issues and for vulnerable youth! You can find Jasmine drinking coffee, trying a new recipe, or catching some sun on a floatie on a lake!


Our Board

Andrew Reeve - THS Board Member

Andrew Reeve

Chair

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.

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.

Ruth Macintosh

Bio coming soon...

Carol Martin - Threshold Housing - End youth poverty

Carol Martin

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.

Alan Andrew

Dr. Alan Andrew is a Radiologist and Nuclear Medicine physician who lives and works in Victoria. He is also a clinical instructor at the UBC Faculty of Medicine and an examiner with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. On a professional level, Alan understands the direct link between stable youth housing and positive long term health outcomes. On a personal level, Alan and his wife Stephanie work to grow Victoria into a city which thrives economically and socially so that one day their two children chose to remain here to live and work themselves.

Thom Dennett

Thom Dennett is an accomplished public policy professional and volunteer leader in the non-profit sector. His professional role is in the Office of the Auditor General of BC, where he is on the performance audit team. Previously he provided policy advice to the BC Ministry of Agriculture while serving as a policy analyst. Thom also has years of experience as a human resources manager for a denominational office of the United Church of Canada. Thom holds a Master’s of Public Policy from University of Calgary as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Simon Fraser University. Thom is also passionate about trying to making the world a better place, and actively volunteers with several organizations. His current focus is serving on the Board of Directors for Options for Sexual Health, Canada’s largest sexual health non-profit organization, as well as a director for Threshold Housing Society in Victoria. When he’s not engrossed in policy development or volunteer leadership, Thom plays ice hockey, strategy board games and spends quality time with family.

Clayton Savage

Clayton was an officer in the Royal Canadian Navy for 20 years, serving in a wide variety of roles in ships, as an instructor to junior officers, and with a scientific organization. This was followed by a second career as a business and technology consultant, specializing in data analytics. He has an MSc in management sciences. Clayton's focus on the board is to help THS achieve certification of internationally recognized standards that demonstrate the quality of services our society provides to youth. Clayton grew up in Winnipeg. He and his wife Evelyn have lived in Victoria since the mid-1990's, and they have three adult children. Clayton enjoys sailing, and learning to play piano.

Rao Wandawasi

Treasurer

Rao Wandawasi is an audit professional with over 20 years of experience. Rao has worked extensively in North America and has also performed select tasks in Europe and Asia. Having worked in multiple industries Rao currently resides in Victoria, BC and works for one of the Crown Corporation as a Director, Internal Audit, Planning and Risk. His current responsibilities include Internal Audit (IA), Planning and Risk Management (PRM), Corporate Performance Management (CPM), Continuous Improvement (CI) and Business Advisory Service (BAS). Rao’s qualifications are Chartered Accountant (CA), Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certificate in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA) and Masters in Business Administration (MBA).

Guy Dagenais Threshold Board Member - Youth Homelessness

Guy Dagenais

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.

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