Ivan Watson, Board Chair
Marketing & Communications Professional
Ivan leads marketing and communications strategy for Camosun College at the college’s Interurban campus. He has worked in strategic communications, marketing, policy analysis and issues management for the federal and provincial governments in Ottawa and Victoria, for the European Union in Brussels and for a number of community organizations and non-profit groups. He is an active community leader and served for two terms on the national board of the United Way of Canada. There, he chaired the Strategic Marketing Committee which led the development of the new national brand framework and oversaw the development of the United Way’s three focus areas. Locally, he is an alumnus and past Vice President of Leadership Victoria and past member of the Board of Governors of Royal Roads University.
Ivan is often called upon as a consultant, keynote speaker or workshop presenter and has helped to organize many local, regional and national conferences. His interests include reading, writing, film, music, photography, running and international travel. Ivan has volunteered with the United Way of Greater Victoria for nearly twenty years in a variety of roles, including co-founding our Youth Advisory Council while he was still in high school.
Mike Macdonell (Vice Chair)
Business Advisor, Professional Services, MNP
Mike Macdonell is a Business Advisor with MNP LLP. He is a seasoned management professional with a varied career in the private sector and government. An experienced committee leader and community volunteer, Mike has worked successfully with a wide range of people from various backgrounds. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant, a Certified Fraud Examiner, holds an MBA and is a graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada. Mike is excited to bring his unique set of financial, strategic and business acumen to the United Way of Greater Victoria.
Mike is married to Sarah, a former United Way board member, and lives in Saanich with their three children.
Dr. Mary Ellen Purkis, Past Chair
Professor, School of Nursing, Faculty of Human & Social Development, University of Victoria
Mary Ellen holds a doctoral degree in Nursing from Edinburgh University (1993). She has held an academic position at University of Victoria since 1993 where she has taught, undertaken research in the area of Home Care and Health Services as well as numerous administrative roles.
Mary Ellen got involved with the United Way of Greater Victoria in the mid 1990s, initially by taking part in fund allocation committees. She participated in reviews and reorganization of the funding process, ultimately sitting on the Family and Community Wellbeing Impact Council. She is honoured to be serving now as Past Chair of the Board for the United Way of Greater Victoria and hopes to bring her knowledge of factors contributing to health and wellness in our community to her role.
Sharon Moysey, Chair, Finance Committee
Sharon is a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree. She retired from the provincial public service as Assistant Deputy Minister in February 2014. Her career included cross-government work on building healthy communities; designing and improving social services delivery for vulnerable citizens; and financial management of organizations in the transportation, construction, and social services sectors.
Sharon has been on the board of non-profit groups involved in nature preservation and education, social justice, youth soccer, and charitable bingo. Sharon joined the board of directors in Feb. 2016.
Stu Shields, Victoria Labour Council Representative
Stu graduated from Carleton University with his BCom and is a National Staff Representative for Unifor, Canada’s largest private sector Union, and he has held several positions over the years in a number of Unions in British Columbia. Stu was appointed to the board of the United Way by the Victoria Labour Council.
As a lifelong trade unionist, Stu has worked across Canada with his last stop being the Central Canadian Director for the former CAW (now Unifor) based in Winnipeg Manitoba representing the staff and locals of the Union in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Northern Ontario. He returned to BC in 2008 with the CAW where his labour career began over 30 years ago. Stu is responsible for collective bargaining, arbitrating, mediating and all manner of legal applications at both the BC and Canada Labour Boards. He moved back to Victoria in 2014 where it all started and lives in Strawberry Vale with his wife Lisa. Stu has 2 adult children and 7 grandchildren all of whom live right here in Victoria.
Legal Counsel, Ministry of Justice
Jasmine joined the Ministry of Justice in 2007 as an analyst for the Adult Custody Division of the Corrections Branch. In 2012 she became a negotiator on behalf of the Province under the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, working with First Nations and private sector industry. In 2016, Jasmine moved to her current role with the Ministry of Justice’s Justice Services Branch, where she has led the Province’s engagement in the 2016 Judicial Compensation Commission and has been involved in the development and implementation of the new Civil Resolutions Tribunal.
Jasmine has been involved with various local charities including initiating and organizing the Corrections Branch headquarters’ participation in the Heart & Stroke Foundation’s Big Bike fundraiser for three years.
Mackenzie Edwards, Assistant Branch Manager, BMO Sidney
Mackenzie Edwards, also known as Mack, is a Vancouver Islander born and raised. His career at BMO Bank of Montreal spans over 4 years, and counting, where he quickly moved his way through the ranks where he is now the new Assistant Branch Manager for the Sidney Branch.
As a young professional, Mack has built his network through school, work and countless hours spent volunteering as a BMO employee. A 2x award recipient, alongside BMO, for the Financial Cup Spirit Award, Mack is a Branch Ambassador and volunteer leader for numerous BMO initiatives. This includes work with organizations such as United Way Greater Victoria, BC Children’s Hospital, Kids Help Phone Line, BC Cancer Foundation, and BC SPCA.
Dr. Deborah George
Dr. Deborah George was welcomed to the 2018/19 United Way Greater Victoria Board of Directors. Deborah holds a PhD in psychology from the University of Victoria where she also taught part-time for the past 17 years. Prior to that she was with the BC Government for 18 years spending most of her career in the area of science and technology, with seven years as an Assistant Deputy Minister. She finished her final assignment with the Provincial Government in 2000.
Steve’s first career was in design and implementation of airborne remote sensing systems for geophysical exploration and environmental assessment; followed by 20+ years as executive chairman of one of Canada’s leading health supplement companies. He is currently president of Konrad Trading, developing personal medical devices while actively engaged in philanthropy, supporting his community and looking for the next business opportunity. His volunteer career spans 3 decades from co-chairing one of the first recycling programs in Canada to several years on the Board of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria as well as chairing the AGGV Foundation for 3 years.
In 2013 Steve wrapped up 8 years with Victoria Foundation including 2 years as board chair, and is currently a member of the Governor’s Circle for Governor General David Johnston’s Smart & Caring Communities Initiative. He is a board member of the Victoria Hospital Foundation, and is board chair of the Victoria Symphony Foundation. Originally from the Toronto area, Steve has lived in Victoria for the past 24 years with his wife Barbara and dog Millie. He has 2 adult daughters; Tricia in Calgary and Dianne in Victoria.
President and CEO, Island Health
As an experienced healthcare executive with 30 years of progressive leadership experience, Kathy came to Island Health in 2015 as the Executive Vice-President, Quality, Safety & Experience from Capital Health in Halifax where she had served as the Vice-President of People since 2008. Her background and experience in the areas of leadership and organizational development, systems design, human resources and change management allow her to lead people effectively, always focusing on people at the heart. Kathy holds a Masters of Arts in Leadership (Health Specialization) from Royal Roads University, and a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy from Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS. She is a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders. Kathy and her husband Pat live with one of their three daughters in James Bay.
Rick Wiegel, CIM, FCSI
Vice-President, Portfolio Manager, Investment Advisor, CIBC Wood Gundy
Rick Wiegel has been an Investment Advisor since 1983. Rick’s background includes extensive experience in all aspects of investments and portfolio administration, including retirement and estate planning. In addition to specializing in bonds, GIC’s and blue chip equities, Rick is also qualified to offer insurance and advise in third-party money managers.
Outside of the office, Rick makes a special effort to be active in the community and takes part in many civic and charitable organizations. Rick is active in his Church, is a Paul Harris Fellow and has been a contributor to a Bursary for Business students at Camosun College Foundation for many years. In addition, Rick’s worldly travels have given him unique perspectives and insights.
Captain (N) Jason R. Boyd
Base Commander, CFB Esquimalt
Captain (N) Boyd’s career has taken him across Canada from Victoria to Ottawa to Halifax as well as internationally to Northern Europe as part of NATO in HMCS Iroquois in 1999, Afghanistan as part of Operation APOLLO in 2002, and the Asia-Pacific region in HMCS Ottawa in 2010.
Captain (N) Boyd served two tours as an instructor at the Canadian Forces Naval Operations School in Halifax, which gave him an opportunity to pass on his knowledge to a new generation of naval officers, and in 2012 he was appointed Commanding Officer of the Naval Officer Training Centre in Victoria. In 2014, Captain (N) Boyd served in Ottawa as the Executive Assistant to the Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy, enabling him to gain experience about the strategic environment in Ottawa. He was appointed Director of New Capability Introduction in the summer of 2015, where he worked every day to ensure the seamless introduction of new capabilities during the Royal Canadian Navy’s largest recapitalization in its peacetime history.
Captain (N) Boyd assumed his current position of Base Commander, Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt on June 22, 2017. Outside of work, Captain (N) Boyd enjoys golfing, spending time in his boat fishing or towing his kids on the tube, and he continues to play hockey for the CFB Esquimalt Senior Tritons. He is ever thankful for the continued support of his wife Deborah, his son Taylor and daughter Grace.
Communications Community Engagement Consultant
Bruce Williams is fond of saying “I spent the better part of my life in Southern Ontario, but have spent the best part of my life on Vancouver Island “. His career in broadcasting involved being an on air host for radio and television, a content producer, government liaison, business development manager, and a member of the senior management team with Bell Media on Vancouver Island. Since moving here in 2001, Bruce has used his communication and networking skills to immerse himself in local non-profit culture as a Board member, committee member, guest MC, fundraising auctioneer, keynote speaker, moderator, mentor, strategist and facilitator. Bruce is a champion of community volunteering who remains connected to and understands business and issues in communities across Vancouver Island. He has transitioned into a new career as an engagement professional, community and communications strategist and consultant, and community/business advisor all while continuing to be actively engaged with United Way Greater Victoria as Co-Chair of the Campaign Cabinet for this final year.