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BOARD MEMBERS

Board

Doug Boyd, Michael Demakiling, Dianne Flood, Sherry Lee, Jordan Royer, Sandra Severs, Ian Sutherland,                      Colby Young, Jeremy Zhao

Officers

President: Sandra Severs
Vice President: Doug Boyd
Treasurer: Doug  Boyd
Secretary: Dianne Flood

Committee Chairs

Land Use: Ian Sutherland/Jordan Royer (Co-Chairs)
Urban Ecology and Agriculture: Vacant
Urban Livability: Michael Demakiling/Colby Young (Co-Chairs)
Governance: Dianne Flood
Communications and Membership: Doug Boyd
Community Engagement: Dianne Flood

Neighbourhood Engagement Coordinator

James Davis

Land Use Planning Advisor

Daniel Lake

Liaison to External Entities

VCAN: Sandra Severs, Ian Sutherland, Jordan Royer

900 Pandora Block: Sandra Severs

Greater Victoria Harbour Authority: Doug Boyd

City Council Liaison

Geoff Young

City Community Development Coordinator

Michael Hill

BOARD MEMBER PROFILES
 

Doug Boyd

Doug was one of the owners of Vision Travel, a travel agency with locations across Canada, for over 30 years. His primary role in recent years was in technology. Doug retired from that company in 2016. Doug moved to Victoria from Calgary in 2011. In Calgary, he was actively involved in two neighbourhood associations and was a Board member of the Kensington Business Association for several years. Doug is very passionate about advancing sustainability and active transportation in Victoria. He loves the city and also is an avid walker. Doug has been a member of the Victoria DRA since 2013. Doug was elected as a Board member and as Treasurer in 2014 and is currently the Vice-President and Chair of the Communications and Membership Committee.

Michael Demakiling

Michael is an employee training and development consultant for a national dental lab product and service company based in Calgary, AB. Michael also volunteers as a steering committee member for the Yates Street Community Garden (YSCG). He is passionate about promoting green space in urban areas. He helped to develop educational videos and volunteered to spearhead various community garden projects, such as the garden’s first vertical garden. Michael currently resides in the Harris Green neighbourhood with his partner. Outside of work and volunteering for the YSCG, he enjoys a variety of outdoor activities that Vancouver Island offers. He also enjoys nature photography and is an aspiring plant-based cook and baker. Michael joined the DRA board in February 2021 and is currently Chair of the Urban Livability Committee and Garden Coordinator of the Yates Street Community Garden.

Dianne Flood

Dianne is a retired lawyer who formerly advised the Manitoba government on local government legislation, land use planning, and property assessment matters. She was a vice-chair of the Manitoba Municipal Board, the chair of the BC Property Assessment Appeal Board, an Assistant Deputy Minister (Manitoba Municipal Affairs), and the Executive Director of BC’s Administrative Justice Office. Dianne has lived in Harris Green since 2004 and is especially interested in efforts to enhance the green space in the Downtown and Harris Green neighbourhood. Dianne joined the DRA and the Board in 2018 and is Chair of the Governance Committee, Chair of the Community Engagement Committee, and Board Secretary.

 

Sherry Lee

Sherry is a senior policy analyst and a resident of Downtown Victoria since 2019. She grew up in the BC Lower Mainland and had worked in various capacities in the healthcare and biotechnology sectors. Sherry brings analytical and project management experiences and looks forward to opportunities to work with the DRA Board and Committees to plan and deliver projects that make Downtown Victoria a more cohesive, engaged, and safe neighbourhood for its residents and visitors. 

Jordan Royer

Jordan Royer grew up in Calgary and then went to university at the University of Western Ontario for Engineering/Business. After graduating, he spent time at Infrastructure Ontario on the project delivery team, specifically on the Waterloo LRT project. He then moved to BC to work in real estate development. In this capacity he’s worked on residential and industrial projects throughout BC, though mostly focused in the lower mainland and Vancouver Island.
 

In his current position with Omicron, he takes properties from the feasibility stage (which requires interpreting planning documents to understand allowable densities and forms) through entitlements, construction and turnover. As part of an integrated team - with designers and construction professionals in the same office - this gives him a perspective on the current construction trends that is an asset to the Land Use Committee.

 
Sandra Severs

Sandra Severs is a senior management professional with over twenty years experience working in diverse not-for-profit organizations.  Most recently she served as the Executive Director of the Canadian Mental Health Association’s North and West Vancouver branch where she led the development of the HOpe Cafe, a unique collaboration between CMHA, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority and BLENZ Coffee Company creating employment opportunities for those living with serious mental health challenges. With an M.A. in environment ethics, Sandra is interested in the development of inclusive communities in the urban core of cities.  She has five years experience in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside working with municipal and provincial governments on the challenges facing low-income residents. Sandra has been a resident of the Hudson District since 2017 and is currently President of the DRA.

Ian Sutherland

Ian has worked in the development industry as a Planning and Civil Engineering consultant for over 35 years, as well as a design/builder and developer specializing in custom homes and rehabilitation of designated heritage buildings. Ian has served on the Board of the Victoria Civic Heritage Trust and has received the President's award from the Hallmark Society and the BC Heritage Award for past projects. Victoria born and raised, Ian has enjoyed living Downtown for over 20 years. Ian enjoys travelling around the world seeking and studying famous and inspirational architecture. Ian joined the DRA Board and has acted as Chair of the Land Use Committee since 2011.

Colby Young

Colby Young was born and raised in Victoria and the surrounding neighbourhoods, where he continues to reside and work. He has been a resident of the Harris Green neighbourhood since 2019. He is employed as the Program Lead for the Vancouver Island Construction Association's (VICA) new harm reduction initiative, The Tailgate Toolkit, which seeks to address overdose fatalities within the construction and trades sector. Colby is a recent graduate of the University of Victoria’s Bachelor of Social Work program and holds a diploma in Public Sector Management. Prior to his work with VICA, he was employed for a number of years with the Victoria Cool Aid Society, leading and developing social-recreational programming for adults facing barriers such as homelessness, mental health disorders, and addiction.


Colby is new to the DRA. He joined as a volunteer for the Urban Livability Committee in November 2021. Colby has since been named the lead of the Sub-Committee to Support the Unhoused and has taken on the role of co-chair of the Urban Livability Committee. He comes to the DRA with a desire to build community and equity among Downtown residents and hopes to provide another voice on the Board for his neighbours, both housed and unhoused.

Jeremy Zhao

Jeremy is a chemical engineer by profession and is active in the various technical groups within his profession. He has been a part of various community groups in Calgary over the past decade, including being the logistics lead for the citizen engagement grassroots group CivicCamp, advocacy lead for the Engineers Without Borders Calgary Professional Chapter, being on the steering committee for Basic Income Calgary and being involved with Fair Trade Calgary as part of that EWB role, and has some experience developing policy. He is also an active podcast host, with the most recent endeavour as a co-host for the Ward Zero podcast discussing local and urban issues about his former hometown of Calgary.