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As of March 2016

Board Chair- David Bennett

David has lived in the south Vancouver Island area since 1970. He has been a decades-long volunteer in the communities he has lived in with his family. He retired in 2006 after 36 years as a classroom teacher and elementary school administrator. David and his wife live in Sooke, where he was on Council from 2008 to 2011. He has been on the PCFSA Board since April, 2009.


Vice Chair -Marg Jacobson

Margaret Jacobson- I am a long term member of PCFSA’s Board of Directors, and have served as the Board Chair 3 separate times.Marg is married with 2 grown children and 4 grown grandchildren. My husband and I have lived in Langford since 1972. Marg is a retired RN and worked in a Care Home for 17 years, most of those years as part of the Management Team.


Secretary- Alison Campbell

Alison is a retired lawyer who ran a private family law business for decades. She sings in a choir and performs at seniors’ housing complexes.


  Treasurer- Andrew Pharo

 Andy Pharo, who also happens to own and run his own investment and insurance business has been in business for over 33 years helping people play financial ‘defense’. In his free time he enjoys whiskey tasting, long (-ish) distance bicycle riding, and travel with his partner Norah McRae of 35 years. Together they have two children, Adrienne, and Connor both, both of whom have been launched and are out in the working world. Raised in Thetford Mines, Que; educated at Concordia University, Montreal; and arriving in Victoria by way of Granisle, BC, and Edmonton, Alberta; he and the family have called Victoria home since 1992. A recent addition to the Pacific Coast Family Services Association he is looking forward to contributing to the ongoing success of the organization.


Director- Dan Spinner

Dan Spinner is a long time social entrepeneur, consultant to Canadian and US non-profits and an executive coach. Dan has over 30 years in non-profit mangement including a number of key appointments including  Vice President of a major Toronto area hospital and as Vice President at Royal Roads University. Dan has managed Fondations with over $80 M in assets and overseen eight different building projects for non-profits.


Director - Del Manak

Del Manak is a Deputy Chief Constable with the Victoria Police Department and in his 27th year of policing.  He is a graduate of the FBI's National Academy Program and the Dalhousie University Police Leadership Program, holding concentration certificates in Administration, Law and Justice, Service Delivery and Supervisory Skills.  In 2014, Del was appointed Member of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces.  In addition, he is the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal and the Police Exemplary Service medal.


Director -  Melissa Hyland

Melissa is a consultant to the Provincial Government and also offers province-wide training. Her expertise is in trafficking and sexual exploitation as well as First Nations culture.


Director - Ravi Parmar

Ravi was a leader in the student community in High School and was successful in his campaign for a new Belmont High School. Since graduating he has worked at the office of NDP MLA John Horgan and is an elected School Trustee. He is continuing his studies.


You can read our 2015 annual report here

You can read our 2014 annual report here.

Better at home is funded by the Government of BC and managed by the United Way. It is designed to support seniors to remain independent in their home. Better at Home is a community based model which utilises both volunteer and professional service providers. All seniors living in Langford, Colwood and Metchosin can request a Better at Home service. Better at Home provides seniors with support for simple day to day tasks and this helps them maintain their independence and stay connected with their community.


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