Staff and Board of Directors

STAFF

Tina Short, Acting Executive Director

Rhondda Hinch, Administrative Assistant

Rick Stordeur, MSW, RSW, Clinical Supervisor

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Rosalyn Bird, President

Rosalyn has been passionate about being part of a team since joining Sea Cadets in her youth. Her passion, commitment and dedication to public service and the greater good are proven by her 24-year career serving in the Canadian Forces.  Rosalyn retired as a Naval Logistics officer bringing years of leadership, organization, logistic and strategic planning experience. During her career she deployed with NATO, Op Apollo, and Afghanistan missions giving her great appreciation for the challenges mental health issues can pose on individuals, families and organizations. Through personal experience with friends and colleagues she is well aware of how difficult it can be to navigate the mental health system, reach and find appropriate services or counselling. She is very excited about the prospect of helping individuals and families in the Cowichan Valley live more healthy, happier lives through the services and support CFLA provides. In the past she has volunteered at the Legion, Providence Farm, and Seniors Outreach and is looking forward to working with and as part of the CFLA Board.

Inet Sladecek, Vice President

Amy Hamilton, Secretary

My name is Amy Hamilton.  I am a mom of two children aged 3 and 5, and currently work at the school board as an Education Assistant.  I first became involved at CFLA when I was in high school and volunteered with a children’s program for two weeks.  I heard that they were in need of board members so thought I would try that out, as it is something I did not have experience with and wanted to learn.  I think CFLA is a wonderful organization so would like to stay on the board for another year.

Matthew Archambault, Treasurer

Matthew Archambault has served on the board for a year, and is excited to come back for his second! He is currently working towards his Bachelors of Business Administration at Vancouver Island University, and works at the Duncan branch of Coast Capital Savings. In between all the excitement of completing a degree and working full time, he spends his remaining time on the soccer field, playing for Cowichans Division 3 men’s team.

Tiffany Auvinen, Marketing

Tiffany Auvinen has been working in marketing communications since 2000 when she started at a radio station. She holds degrees in public relations, marketing and a Masters in Intercultural Communication. She has planned product launches, movie premieres, sports weeks for the NBA, NHL, and fundraisers for the BC Paraplegic Association and the Canadian Cancer Society. She has also taught business communications at Camosun college. She helps over 10 charities in Cowichan Valley and acts and models in Hallmark films. Her proudest achievement is her daughters Farrah and Tessa who swim regularly at the Cowichan recreation centre and volunteer in the community.

Bruce McGuigan, Past President

Bruce is passionate about his work teaching at Vancouver Island University where he can utilize his multiple skills.

As Executive Director at Family Services of Greater Victoria for 5 years, he was able to work with a team of counsellors, advocates and group facilitators who were absolutely dedicated to serving their community. They achieved a lot together in making Family Services a strong and agile organization. I am happy to have left it more than capable of sustaining itself as a partner in a new community service model at the Victoria Social Innovation Centre.

Bruce has senior policy experience in government in several different government ministries and a crown corporation, spending more than 15 years in total in these roles. It gave him a chance to work with a wide range of client groups and stakeholders on complex and difficult projects. He felt privileged to have worked with highly dedicated colleagues and proud of what they achieved.

Bruce has taught at six post-secondary institutions in a range of subject areas. “There is nothing like teaching to maintain communication skills and maintain one’s ability to be open and responsive to the perspectives of others.”

Kathy Code, Director at Large

Kathy retired as an economic development policy analyst with the BC government, acquiring a number of communications, project management, and program and policy development skills along the way.  She currently serves on the board of the Eco Forest Institute Society where she has taken part in a variety of roles, including core member of the legal team, strategic planning, grant writing and construction.  She operates a consulting business dedicated to helping small business, non-profits and First Nations develop strategies to better handle the transitions of the coming years.  Her interests include environmental advocacy and law, gardening and fun times with her two large dogs.

Belinda Kissack, Director at Large

Belinda has been a REALTOR in the Cowichan Valley since August 2018 and has lived in the Cowichan Valley since 1993. She has lived and worked in Ladysmith, Saltair, Crofton, Lake Cowichan, Youbou, Maple Bay, and Mill Bay.

Work

Belinda has worked as a Laboratory Manager, Skills Training Manager and Environmental Specialist at the Crofton Pulp and Paper Mill. She has worked as a Clinical Counsellor in Private Practice where she worked with individuals, families and led classes on self-esteem and communication and did her practicum at Cowichan Family Life where she volunteered as a peer counsellor. She has also worked for the school board as an Administrative Assistant to the Principal at A B Greenwell.

Volunteer

Belinda volunteered at Cowichan Family Life as a peer counsellor while earning her Master’s degree of Counselling Psychology. While her children were swimming with the Duncan Swim Team (Stingrays), she was a member of the board in the role of Secretary.

She is currently a member of the board at the Keparo Water System Society which is her community water source that has a membership of 29 families.

Education

Belinda Graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Science Degree in Psychology. She spent many years doing research in the work study program and was honoured to be a coauthor of a journal article in Physiology and Behaviour February 1991. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/003193849190036N

Belinda completed her Masters of Counselling Psychology in 2006 from City University in Victoria, where the focus of her thesis was pain management. She studied multiple modalities including solution focused, cognitive behavioural, narrative and existential therapies.

Personal and Hobbies

Belinda is married and has two adult children. Her daughter recently graduated from the University of Victoria in Computer Engineering and her son is currently in his third year of Electrical Engineering at the University of Victoria.

Belinda is a former endurance athlete, competing as an Ironman Triathlete in 2009 and multiple marathons and trail races. She is also a breast cancer survivor having received chemotherapy, radiation and two surgeries in 2016.