Wally Eamer

Chair

Wally Eamer

Chair

Ordained in 2008, Wally now serves as a deacon in the Diocese of British Columbia, the Anglican Church of Canada, and St. Peter and Paul’s Anglican Parish in Esquimalt. With a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and experience working in various levels of government from negotiator to ministry director, Wally’s passion is in working with First Nations, especially the Nanwakolas Council, urban poverty, and environmental issues.

Active on multiple boards including the Coast Opportunity Funds and Investment, the Innovative Communities Organization and Creation Matters, Wally acts as conduit of positive change in communities across the province.

Nancy Ford

Vice Chair

Nancy Ford

Vice Chair

The Reverend Canon Nancy Ford is the Director of Deacons for the Anglican Diocese of British Columbia and currently works out of Victoria’s Christ Church Cathedral. Nancy’s passion for the community is exemplified in her collaborative approach to eliciting change at the street-level with supportive agencies and individuals. She was directly engaged with residents of Victoria’s Tent City during the eleven-month encampment in 2016 and continues to support campers in their transition.

Nancy was a counsellor for 25 years and taught Pastoral Care and Counselling courses. She works tirelessly on the board of the Community Social Planning Council, is Vice President of the Association of Anglican Deacons in Canada and co-chair of the Social Justice Committee of the Diocese.

Dr. Susan Phillips Metzger

Secretary

Dr. Susan Phillips Metzger

Secretary

Susan’s expansive academic career enables her to connect with people of diverse backgrounds and life experiences. Her career in the education system includes various roles in research, school and district administration, teaching, counselling, teacher and community education, career training, and programs targeting at-risk adolescents and adult learners at the school, district and provincial levels. Susan has been a university lecturer and has facilitated many school and community educational collaborations to facilitate positive change.

Susan has researched and published numerous research reports, studies and articles about educational issues in Aboriginal Education, partnerships, career counselling, and trades training across Canada. She currently fulfills leadership roles in other local organizations such as CFUW Saanich Peninsula that promote and support advocacy issues to enhance our communities.

Marion Muller

Treasurer

Marion Muller

Treasurer

With over 30 years working in the banking industry across commercial lending and retail, Marion’s experience spans analyzing financial statements and helping small businesses grow, making her an asset to Umbrella.

Often found abroad, Marion is an avid traveler, thriving off the excitement of meeting new people. When she’s at home, she loves spending time with her son and grandsons and hiking with her new puppy.

Jen Harrison

Director

Jen Harrison

Director

Jen is a facilitator and educator with a passion for supporting the success of youth, youth workers and their programs. For eight years, she coordinated The Pathway Project, aimed at building employment and life skills for marginalized young people.  She is currently a coach and facilitator for the Youth Program Quality Initiative, supporting local youth-serving agencies to achieve and maintain high quality programming.

Jen is involved in community development projects with the creation of medical clinics in the high schools in Victoria’s School District 62 and in the organization of parent support groups. She is also working with the City of Victoria in the development of their Youth Engagement Strategy. 

Chuck Eamer

Director

Chuck Eamer

Director

Chuck is a social worker who has worked for children, youth and families for over 30 years.  Working in government for 28 years, Chuck had a career that ranged from case work with families through to supervision, management and his final role was as an Assistant Deputy Minister. He had particular passions for work with First Nations and Aboriginal communities, and for collaborative, community based practice.

 

Since leaving government Chuck has been the principal in Eamer Human Systems Consulting, working with First Nations and community groups in a variety of scenarios.  He has worked in leadership training, in program design and evaluation, and in improving management systems.  Chuck has sat on the board of bc211 for the past four years.

Alison James

Director

Alison James

Director

Alison has worked in training and facilitation and project management in non-profits and the public sector in Canada and the United Kingdom, and is currently a PhD candidate in Political Science at UBC, where she is involved in research, writing, and teaching.

Alison has seen and is grateful for the incredible work Umbrella does with people living with addictions and mental health issues, and is thrilled to be joining the board in 2017.