United Way recognizes Brian Mann with an Honourary Life Membership

VICTORIA, BC – The Board of United Way Greater Victoria recognized Brian Mann with an Honourary Life Membership at this morning’s 81st Annual General Meeting and welcomed a new member.

Brian Mann has given generously of his time, leadership and resources to United Way for many years as a senior level volunteer. He is currently a member of United Way Greater Victoria’s Community Cabinet and previously served as Board Director and Treasurer of United Way Greater Victoria. Brian is also the President of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul of Vancouver Island.

Brian has more than 25 years of executive level experience as a senior management consultant. He has led business performance improvement reviews, managed re-engineering initiatives, designed shared service funding models and established financial accountability and reporting systems.  He has extensive experience providing financial management leadership in health, government, charitable fundraising, information technology and financial institution sectors.

Previously, Brian was Chief Financial Officer for the Ministry of Finance; Chief Financial Officer for the B.C. Emergency and Health Services Commission; and Chief Financial Officer for Fincentric Corporation (formerly Prologic Corporation).

United Way is honoured to recognize Brian Mann.

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.

Deborah’s volunteer work includes strategic planning with non-profit organizations, and extensive board, committee and event work. Currently she is President of Pacifica Housing where she has been on the board of directors since 2005, and also currently volunteers with the Victoria Hospice Society. Past board appointments include the areas of education, venture capital, research and development, and pension trusteeship.

Deborah joins the following returning Board Members:

  • Captain (N) Jason Boyd
  • Jasmine Dadachanji
  • Mike Macdonell, Vice-Chair and Chair of the Governance & Nominating Committee
  • Kathy MacNeil
  • Steve McKerrell
  • Sharon Moysey, Chair of the Finance & Audit Committee
  • Dr. Mary Ellen Purkis, Past Chair
  • Stu Shields, Victoria Labour Council Representative
  • Ivan Watson, Board Chair
  • Rick Wiegel, Chair of the Transformation Committee
  • and Bruce Williams.

United Way Greater Victoria recognized retiring board member Ashley Forseille, the Young Professional Representative on the Board.

Kathy MacNeil, President & CEO, Vancouver Island Health, and member of the Board of United Way Greater Victoria, was the keynote speaker talking about the importance of community partnerships.

Click here to read the 2017 – 2018 Annual Report and Financial Statements.

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For more information, please contact:

Jennifer Young
Director, Marketing and Communications
United Way Greater Victoria
Work: (250) 984-2269
Email: jennifer.young@uwgv.ca


BACKGROUND: United Way ‘unites’ the generosity of people – business, labour, government and individual donors – with the skills, knowledge and expertise in the community to help those in need. This collaborative approach is building a stronger, more resilient community to serve current and future generations.  As one of the region’s largest annual funder of local social service programs, we assist charitable organizations by identifying and funding programs to address immediate needs and underlying causes of our community’s most pressing social challenges.

We are active in the community all year round through fundraising and community building, and provide multi-year funding to create a strong and stable network of local services. For more than 80 years we have served the community and raised over $165 Million.  Our work, as a community leader, is as relevant today as it ever was.  And with the ongoing support of our donors, we will continue to changes lives.