Meet Our Board

Lynn McCaughey, Chair

Lynn has been pleased to work with 1Up for the past 5 years, initially as a volunteer mentor, then a board member and most recently as Chair of the Board of Directors.  Her motivation to become part of the 1Up community comes from her passion for being of service.  Lynn does this work because she believes that in community we are all “walking each other home.”  Whether we are members, staff or volunteers, the best way forward is together.

Deb Sexsmith, Vice Chair

Deb joined the 1UP board because of her interest to give back to the organization that helped her so much many years ago as a single mother with two little girls.  She has a degree in Business Administration and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.  Her career has taken her from local government, University of Victoria and currently at BC Ferries as a Manager in Human Resources. She has lived on Vancouver Island for over 30 years and has been served on various non-profit boards and as President of a school parent advisory committee.

William Lake, Treasurer

William is a Chartered Professional Accountant and is currently employed as an auditor at the Canada Revenue Agency.  He is 1Up’s longest standing board member, joining in 1989 and was the treasurer for the Centre when the 602 Gorge Road building was originally purchased back in 1991.  As well, William has served as Board Chair and on the Relocation Committee.  He looks forward to continuing to keep a close eye on the Centre’s finances as it is important to him that 1Up be able to offer much needed services in the present and into the future.

Gillian Calder, Secretary

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Trish Sterloff, Director

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Christine St. Peter, Director

Dr. Christine St. Peter retired in 2011 from her position as Professor and first Chair of Women’s Studies at the University of Victoria. In that capacity she served on administrative, research and policy-making committees at the local, regional and national levels and was awarded prizes for excellence in teaching and research. A particular interest in the lives and struggles of single parents, most of them women, many of them poor, convinced her to accept an invitation to join the Board of 1UP Victoria Single Parent Resource Centre in 2003 and to serve as Chair of the Board from 2014-17. This was an opportunity to support parents at a grassroots level, and after participating in the work of the Centre for these many years she is more convinced than ever of its vital importance in the community.

Martha Okot Thomas, Director

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Shirley Bains, Director

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