Meet the dedicated board members of VIRCS that allow our organization to thrive.
OSARO joined the VIRCS board in 2017 and currently serves as the board president. Over the previous year, Osaro has led the VIRCS governance board
through leadership transition and organizational transformation.
As a current public servant for the province of British Columbia, Osaro continues to assist the delivery of technology solutions to British Colombians in her role as a Senior Team Lead in the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction &
Information Services Division.
YE joined VIRCS in early 2020 as a board member and has served as Treasurer since early 2021. She came to Canada in 2001 to pursue post-secondary education.
She has started working in Accounting since 2007 and has worked in public and private sectors. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant.
As an immigrant, she understands the journey is not easy for new Canadians and is committing her time to help those who need help.
Liza has extensive experience across government departments. She has an M.G.M. (Royal Roads University), a B.A. International Studies (Simon Fraser University), and a B.A. Economics (Simon Fraser University).
She has worked on projects that range from regional economic development to international export development.
With her passion for working with newcomers, she led the Foreign Qualification Recognition program at the Government of B.C. She looks forward to promoting diversity and multiculturalism through her involvement in the community.
BRUCE is Professor of Sociology at Vancouver Island University. He is also the former Executive Director at Family Services of Greater Victoria, founder of the
Victoria Social Innovation Centre, and former Senior Policy Advisor and Manager of Policy with the BC Provincial Government. Bruce started his working life
working with youth at risk at North Shore Family Services in the 1970s.
AARON lives in downtown Victoria with his wife and three children. Both Aaron &
parents came to Victoria from the United Kingdom as children. He grew up mostly in Fernwood, and spent his high-school years in Colwood.
He has worked as a real estate agent since 2008 and enjoys volunteering for a variety of different organizations in the community.
In the past, Aaron also worked as an Aquaculturist in and around Fanny Bay and as a West Coast Commercial Fisher.
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PATTI studied at the New York School of Interior Design, and has had her own Interior Design company for 23 years! Prior interior design, she worked on Real Estate launches and she also has a background in the Film and Television business.
Over the years, Patti has volunteered in the community; however, most of it has
been around using her Design skills with set-up and props.
Dr. Kuponiyi has extensive experience spanning over two decades in both Private and Public sectors across three countries and two continents. He completed his BSc and MSc from the University of Lagos Nigeria, moved to North Carolina, USA on a NASA/NSF scholarship for a second MSc in Physics. He moved to Victoria in 2012, with his family, to study for a PhD in Geophysics.