Our Board

United Way’s volunteer Board of Directors sets our direction, takes responsibility for financial decisions and performance, and is accountable for achieving organizational objectives. Their diverse skillsets, experience, and areas of influence are critical in helping us build a strong community for all.

Mike Macdonell, Board Chair


Mike 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.

Lisa Arora, Vice-Chair

Visual Facilitator/Mediator, Get The Picture

Lisa is a visual facilitator who helps executive teams and boards around the globe to mine their diverse perspectives, align on a desired future and focus on strategic action. Lisa is also a certified mediator who uses visual communication to make the process of resolving disputes more effective. Most recently, she created the world’s first online program that teaches other mediators to leverage the power of visuals in dispute resolution.

After earning her B.Ed from UVic and before becoming a Mom and starting her consulting practice in 2008, Lisa worked for 3e Training Inc. delivering Financial Management Curriculum to the government of BC. In those days, she was volunteering at the Single Parent Resource Center on the Board of Directors. She’s also volunteered her skills extensively to the International Forum of Visual Practitioners and Once-a-Quarter, a local initiative that donated facilitated strategic “thinkspaces” to local non-profit organizations.

Born and raised in Victoria, Lisa has a deep love for the city, the people in it and the will to build a bright future for EVERYONE.

Ivan Watson, Past 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.

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.

Jasmine Dadachanji

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

Mackenzie Edwards, also known as Mack, is a Vancouver Islander born, and raised. 

As a young professional, Mack has built his network through school, work and countless hours spent volunteering in our community. Mackenzie earned the Financial Cup Spirit Award when he worked at BMO Bank of Montreal, 3 years in a row and has done work with us at United Way Greater Victoria, BC Children’s Hospital, Kids Help Phone Line, BC Cancer Foundation and BC SPCA. Mackenzie is now learning how to help run his family’s business, Andy’s Quality Slinger Service, which has and will continue to be involved in various community events put on throughout the year such as Hero’s Work & educational days for children. 

Dr. Deborah George

Deborah holds a PhD in psychology from the University of Victoria where she also taught part time for some 17 years. Prior to that she was with the BC Government 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.

Deborah’s volunteer work spans over 20 years including strategic planning with non-profit organizations, and extensive board, committee and event work. She has just completed six years as President of Pacifica Housing where she has been on the board of directors since 2005, and also volunteers with the Victoria Hospice Society. Past board appointments include the areas of education, venture capital, research and development and pension trusteeship.

Steve McKerrell


Steve McKerrell spent more than 20 years as Executive Chairman of one of Canada’s leading health supplement companies, following a career in the remote sensing industry, and is currently involved in the development of personal electronic healthcare devices and other initiatives.

Mr. McKerrell is a 2013 recipient of The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers, having served his community as a volunteer on numerous boards and committees over the past 3 decades.  In 2014, Steve completed eight years with the Victoria Foundation including two years as Board Chair.  As well as holding a board seat with UWGV,  he also serves as past chair of Victoria Hospitals Foundation, and chair of the Foundation for the Victoria Symphony.

Mr. McKerrell has lived in Victoria since 1990 with his wife Barbara. He has two adult daughters, Tricia in Calgary and Dianne in Victoria.

Kathy MacNeil

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.

Kirk Mercer

Labour Representative

Kirk has been a CUPE member working at the University of Victoria for 15 years. He currently serves as President for Local 951, and is also the Chair of the CUPE BC Skilled Trades Committee. Kirk previously held the position of Deputy Chief Steward for many years and has served as an experienced member of the Negotiations committee from 2009 to present.  He recently became chair of the Victoria United Way Labour Committee. Kirk enjoys practicing Kendo at the University of Victoria Kendo Club.

Captain (N) Sam Sader

Base Commander, CFB Esquimalt

Captain (N) Sader enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces in 1996 and graduated from the Royal Military College with a Bachelor degree in Business Administration in 2000. He was posted as Base Management Services Officer at CFB Esquimalt from 2003-2005.  He served on two operational tours: from 2005 to 2007 on HMCS OTTAWA in the Arabian Sea, and from 2012-14 as Logistics Officer of Maritime Operations. He is a recipient of the General Morelos Sabre of Honour award for top graduate. He was promoted to his current rank in June 2015.

Bruce Williams

CEO, Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce

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.

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