Board of Directors
Islanders Working Against Violence is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of women from the community who believe in the mandate and purposes of the organisation and bring a variety of skills and background to their work at the Board level.
Sophia has a masters degree in North America studies. Within this interdisciplinary field it was women’s and gender studies that had the greatest impact on her and ignited the spark to one day continue in this field. She joined the Board of Directors in 2020 to contribute to the work of IWAV helping those living with poverty and abuse to find a way to a life in peace and safety.
Natalie joined the IWAV board in 2021. She has been a health and wellness practitioner and advocate for 30 years. Her private practice, employment as a dental office manager and volunteer sexual health educator for OPT has given her insight into the issues of poverty, abuse and housing insecurities that exist on Salt Spring. Natalie looks forward to being a part of an organization committed to creating workable solutions for our community.
Kristi Reynolds joined the IWAV Board of Directors in 2019. She is passionate about empowering women and helping them achieve their dreams. With knowledge in personal and business finances, as well as personal health and fitness she is excited to use her knowledge through IWAV to help women in her community.
Jayne joined the IWAV Board of Directors in 2018. She runs a B&B, Hedgerow House, with her husband Peter. They also own a PR/Marketing agency, specializing in tourism and hospitality, and work on the Southern Gulf Islands campaign. She teaches Iyengar yoga from her studio, Yoga In Salt Spring, in the grounds of Hedgerow House. Her volunteer work has included work with Crabtree Corner, the YWCA shelter in Vancouver; reading with One to One for Salt Spring Literacy; PR committee work for the Iyengar Yoga Association of Canada. She looks forward to working with the IWAV team.
Mylene joined the IWAV board of directors in 2020. She comes to the board with 20 years experience working with children and families on Salt Spring as part of School District 64, and a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology. Her work with families has given her some understanding of the challenges facing women and children as a result of violence, poverty and insecure housing. She is happy to join IWAV to help improve these issues in our community.
Heather joined the IWAV Board of Directors in 2021. She brings a deep passion for women’s health and wellness issues and strives to contribute to the community to achieve equal rights, affordable housing and protective services for those impacted by violence . She has been active in the community since arriving in 2009 through various retail and tourism roles and has experience in the non-profit sector having worked on the board with the Rape Crisis Center (now MESA) in Boulder, Colorado, The Family Place in Vancouver and having volunteered locally with Meals on Wheels and the Co-op Preschool. She is a busy mom of two active teenagers and has a plethora of entrepreneurial, management and event planning experience. She looks forward to working with everyone at IWAV and supporting the team and the community however she can.
Trysh brings to the team a diverse career focused on finance and customer service. She joined the IWAV Board in 2021, excited at the prospect of supporting an organization that is rooted in its community and serving a variety of needs for so many. She believes the work IWAV does makes a difference and appreciates the opportunity to contribute in any way she can.
Barbara Casey offered to join the IWAV board in March 2022 after witnessing IWAV’s affordable housing work in action. She holds a master’s degree from Dalhousie University and has worked in affordable housing and pediatric mental health for the last 30 years. Early in her career, Barb was the executive director (ED) of an affordable housing society and a community developer with BC Housing. Barb has held executive positions within mental health and addictions with health authorities in Vancouver, Halifax and Ottawa. After moving back to BC (to return to SSI), she was an ED with MCFD and most recently joined Gulf Islands Families Together Society (GIFTS) as their part-time ED. Barb is excited to support IWAV as it continues to build healthy and thriving community services.