Kisae PetersenExecutive Director
Kisae Petersen has served with IWAV for over 10 years and is a dedicated champion for our organization. As a longtime islander, Kisae has raised her two sons on Salt Spring Island and is actively involved in the community in many ways. For over 15 years, Kisae has worked for several local charities as a bookkeeper, finance manager and operations director. As well, she has served on several boards and often with a focus on affordable housing. As Executive Director, Kisae is responsible for the management of the organization and to support the board. She enjoys fund development, grant writing and housing development and is committed to IWAV’s growth and resiliency. When Kisae is not working or volunteering, she can be found in her garden, with family or out sailing.
Alli GainesInterim Store Manager
Alli was born on Salt Spring and grew up between Salt Spring and Saturna Island. Alli has been shopping at Transitions since she can remember. She’s passionate about clothing and textiles, as well as reducing waste and environmental impact by shopping second hand. She cares deeply about the work that IWAV does on Salt Spring and the outer island communities and is happy to contribute to the organization through her work at the thrift store. Alli's background is in fine arts and art history. When not at work, Alli may be gardening, tending to her animals or working on her artistic practice.
Cynthia MarshallFinance Manager
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Heather PicotteTransition House Manager
Heather came to Salt Spring with her family in 2014 and is excited to have moved into the Transition House Manager role in June 2020 after serving for 2 years as a frontline transition house staff member. Heather has been working and studying in the health and social services sector for 15 years and brings expertise in the messy relationship between socio-economic conditions, chronic disease, and wellbeing. She enjoys evaluation and program planning for frontline anti-violence services, in particular those that work to address barriers around housing, food security and mental health.
Charlie BarteauxProgram Manager
Charlie Barteaux studied and worked for many years at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, MA, where they dove deep into the science and psychology of Yoga and Ayurveda and transpersonal arts. Charlie trained in nonviolent communication and conscious communication, bringing these skills into their teaching of workshops, classes, and mentoring of volunteers and students in Canada, USA, and Costa Rica. In 2006, they left the Kripalu Center with an intention to bring their heart and skills into meaningful work that would support people who are marginalized and forgotten. Charlie came to Vancouver where they completed a 2-year diploma in Community Counselling at VCC. Their vision came into action working in the Downtown East Side as a tenant support worker with Lookout Emergency Society. Charlie also worked with Coast Mental Health, as a case manager and part of team of the first Housing First Program in Canada, At Home/Chez Soi, and worked in other mental health outreach services. Charlie worked as the Housing First Coordinator at SSICS before coming to IWAV in 2014 as the Transition House Manager. They recently took on a new role as Program Manager and brings to their work a deep desire to serve the greatest good and to champion for those who don’t have a voice — especially women, BIOPC and LGBTQS — and to contribute on a systemic level to making true changes. Charlie is known for their deep compassion and a wicked sense of humour, that is most likely attributed to being an East Coaster born and raised in Nova Scotia.