Board of Directors
Stan Bartlett – Chairperson
A bedraggled taxpayer of 50 years, Stan worked in three career areas, criminology, journalism and small business. He laboured in youth and adult community and institutional corrections for a decade. Then he worked as a reporter-photographer for two rural weeklies and a bi-weekly urban newspaper. His volunteer non-profit board management experience of 10 years or so includes local, provincial, regional and national boards in the areas of justice, arts and the environment. Before moving to Victoria full-time six years ago, Stan lived in Regina for 30 years where he operated a provincial golf portal (which didn’t improve his game a bit).
John Treleaven – 1st Vice-Chairperson
John spent 32 years in the Canadian Foreign Service working abroad as a trade commissioner and in Ottawa in a variety of positions with a trade and economic focus. In 1997 he was appointed as Canada’s Ambassador to the Philippines. In Ottawa he served in a variety of senior positions with a focus on Asia, the policy direction of the Trade Commission Service and on assignment to the Privy Council Office. In 2000 he joined the Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership (“STEP”) as President and CEO. He has been a member of advisory board at Rare Earth Metals Inc. since 2012. He’s a director of a number of internationally focused Canadian organizations including the Forum for International Trade Training, Canadian Council for Africa, The Hong Kong – Canada Business Association, the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, and serves in an advisory capacity to a number of organizations including Global Vision/Junior Team Canada. He’s president of the Sidney-based Treleaven Consulting Group and a keen golfer.
Whitey Mitchell – Treasurer
A manager and enrolled agent at Sterling Financial Accounting Services, Whitey focuses on Canadian trusts and estates, small businesses, personal tax preparation and issue resolution, as well as non-resident filings and is licensed to represent individuals before the IRS (Enrolled Agent). He received his BA (Political Science) at West Virginia Wesleyan College, and has studied extensively in theatre arts. His passion for numbers drove him to pursue a CPA designation and he continues to seek higher education on an on-going basis. His background includes banking and financial services management, property management, political campaigning, and research. Born and raised in New Hampshire, he has also lived and worked in West Virginia, New Brunswick, and British Columbia. Whitey has served as treasurer of the artsREACH Society and is involved with local community theatre groups near and far. He enjoys spending time with his wife and baby daughter, participating in outdoor activities, and travel.
Colin is a retired RCMP member who served as its representative on the CRD Enhanced 9-1-1 project. The unnecessary complexity originally built into the region’s 9-1-1 system to accommodate multiple emergency response agencies convinced him that a regional emergency centre would provide more effective and efficient service. Colin has lived in Greater Victoria since 1967 and is a motorcycling enthusiast.
Bev has lived in Victoria since 1952, initially working as a journeyman welder as well as starting Windship Cruises Ltd. He’s been extensively involved in the real estate industry in Greater Victoria for almost 50 years serving as the president of the Victoria Real Estate Board, vice-chair of the BC Real Estate Assoc., chair of the Real Estate Errors and Omissions Corp. Insurance, chair of the Real Estate Council of BC, and finally, chair of the Real Estate Compensation Corp. He’s currently an owner-broker of NAI Commercial (Victoria) Inc. and vice-chair of Cooper Pacific Mortgage & Investment Corp. Hobbies include sailing, horseback riding, reading, travel and a 1960 MGA.
Denny Gelinas – Co-Secretary – Advisory Committee
Denny is retired and lives in Sidney where he’s an active follower of local politics and a volunteer in a number of community-based organizations. His academic background includes a BA in history, a brief sortee into the world of architecture, and an MBA. His 37-year-career in the federal government began in the Canadian Foreign Service with assignments in Canada and abroad. It was followed by executive positions in numerous federal departments where he worked on a number of economic portfolios, trade negotiations, constitutional issues, federal-provincial relations, culture and international expositions. In his spare time, Denny dabbles in painting, reading, cooking, gardening and cycling.
Karen Harper – DIRECTOR ON LEAVE OF ABSENCE
After completing a BA and MEd, Karen worked first as a teacher for 17 years and then on the BC Teachers’ Federation staff for 12 years. Finally, she was employed as a senior vice-president at the BC Pension Corporation for 11 years where she spent substantial time working with the pension boards and various government ministries. She has lived in Boston, Vancouver, Kamloops, Fort St John, and Victoria since 2000. She is now substantially retired and spends free time biking, sewing, reading, traveling, practicing French and sailing, and is very involved in local Saanich politics.
Bill Currie – Advisory Committee
Bill has recently joined the ranks of the retired after spending over 30 years in Journalism. From print, to radio, to television… news and public affairs has always been in his blood. He spent 20 years at the CBC covering stories like the Tainted Blood Scandal, 911, APEC and Federal and Provincial Conferences, not to mention more elections than he would like to remember. Bill has a passion for social justice and sound fiscal governance. Originally from Quebec, he has lived, worked and studied across Canada. He moved to Victoria ten years ago where he began working in community television at Shaw TV as a mentor and trainer to young journalists. Bill is now moving on to freelance magazine writing, blogging and media relations consulting. He loves golf, cycling, kayaking, and spending time with family and friends.
Stephen Sison- Co-secretary
Stephen and his partner, Rebekah, own Liquid Capital West Coast Financing Corp. Born and raised in Winnipeg, Stephen spent many years on Vancouver Island, the place several generations of his family have called home for decades. Previous roles include General Partner at Edward Jones, responsible for Western Canada, formerly Head of Advanced Training and prior to that he was a broker in Oakville, Ontario. Stephen and Rebekah live in James Bay, under the watchful eye of their aged cat, Winnifred. They support Bridges for Women, the Victoria Symphony, Young Entrepreneur Society, The Art Gallery of Victoria and are active members of the Victoria, Saanich Peninsula, Westshore and BC Chambers of Commerce.