Team Members Profile

Keneisha Charles

Chapter Coordinator

Keneisha Charles is currently a student set to graduate in 2019 at Rutland Senior Secondary school in Kelowna. She is an avid volunteer within her school and community and has worked advocating for social issues such as promoting positive mental health, supporting diversity, and educating around substance abuse and violence prevention. As a young person, she is constantly inspired by the capacity for social and environmental change-making she sees her peers demonstrate and is passionate about advocating for the inclusion of youth in envisioning a more sustainable world for all. She am thrilled to be taking action in achieving this vision as the regional coordinator for GECCO.

Mari Otomo

Mari’s passion for children’s rights, global issues and contributing to sustainable and intergenerational transformative social change is grounded in her educational background in political science (BA) and social work (BSW, MSW). In addition to working in government agencies, Mari has a diverse range of experiences in grassroots and national non-profit agencies as well as the United Nations. Her international work has taken her to countries such as Ghana where she worked at a local development agency on an income generating project for rural women and in Japan, she has worked for a UN agency assisting in the development of a entrepreneurship and leadership training for youth in Iraq.

Currently, Mari works in policy, research and development within the field of child protection at the Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society.  Additionally, Mari is a partner and consultant at Social Root Consulting. 

Rosalind Warner

Secretary

Rosalind has 25 years of experience teaching and researching in the areas of international development, global environmental politics and Canadian international policy.  She is the Contributing Editor of two books on Canadian Foreign Policy. She holds a PhD in Political Science from York University with specializations in International Relations and Canadian Politics, with a minor area of Peace Studies.  She has held various administrative positions at her home institution of Okanagan College, including Chair of Curriculum Program Proposal Committee, Chair of Department, Co-Chair of Internationalization Task Force, and Faculty Association Liaison.  Rosalind has been active in BCCIC through the Central Okanagan Chapter, GECCO, for the last 3 years, and has worked with the Chapter Steering Committee on a variety of projects, events, and strategic plans designed to bring together local diverse groups and passionate individuals who care about the future of our planet and peoples.  For more please visit rozwarner.com, or follow her on Twitter @rwarner23.

Kaila Borrelli

Kaila is a Regional Sales Manager for Ledcor Technical Services, managing a team of Project Coordinators across Albert and B.C. She is also the Co-Founder for Advocacy Vancouver, a non-profit that aims to build awareness in Vancouver about local socials justice, economic prosperity, environmental sustainability and educational events through digital promotion. This organization is bringing together a diverse community and helping increase public engagement; especially among youth in Vancouver. Kaila also has a Bachelor of Commerce with a specialization in International Business and Sustainability from the University of Victoria. This year Kaila participated in the BCCIC Bootcamp and attended the High-Level Political Forum at the UN in New York as a youth delegate.

Rebecca Mellett

Rebecca Mellett (BA, MA Carleton; MSc LSE) is a specialist in development economics and governance, with post-graduate Certification in Sustainability Management (Harvard) and will complete a Certificate in Applied Evaluation Methods (The Evaluators Institute) in 2019. She brings more than twenty years of experience in federal public policy, programs and evaluation for the (former) Canadian International Development Agency, the Privy Council Office, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, Health Canada, and Justice Canada.  Following her overseas posts as Head of Aid in Honduras and Peru, Rebecca branched out as an independent consultant serving the not-for-profit sector in capacity-building, fundraising and membership engagement.  Raised in Montreal and Toronto, having spent many years in Ottawa, she is fluent in English, French, and Spanish.  Rebecca lives in Victoria, British Columbia with her husband and 7-year old son.

Diane Connors

Communications Officer

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Communications Officer

Diane has lived most of her life along the bank of the North Saskatchewan River in Edmonton, Alberta (which she recognizes as Treaty 6 Territory). Previous to joining the team, Diane worked at BCCIC's sister organization ACGC as the Membership Coordinator. She also worked with the Council of Canadians as an organizer on social justice issues and was especially involved in climate change campaigning, which included being part of the Canadian Youth Delegation to COP21 in Paris. Diane is interested in how identity, power, and social systems are considered in social change work. She comes from an Art and Design background with a B.Des, and she pursued academic interdisciplinarity through her Masters in Resource and Environmental Management. In her time away from the office, Diane can be found trying new creative endeavours from pottery and dancing to baking and art making, enjoying all kinds of weather in wild places, exploring cities through walking around, and hanging out with friends and family. She is very excited to be working with the team at BCCIC and is humbled by the warm welcome of the BCCIC network. [button size="medium" link="/staff/" style="simple"]Back[/button]

Jerry Mundi | CVGAN

Jerry lives in the traditional territory of the K’ómoks people and has been a part of this community for over 20 years. He is a graduate of the Social Services program at North Island College and is currently continuing to learn with the University of Victoria. He continues to sit on the several committees at the college including the Board of Governors, Education Council, and Curriculum Committee. He also has a passion for working with youth. When he is not working with Comox Valley Global Awareness Network, he spends much of his time coaching and facilitating events for youth in sports. He has a passion for working with youth and hopes to continue to join the great energy he sees in the community with the great initiatives presenting themselves for youth to engage in social justice issues that affect their future and the sustainability of our lands and communities.

Ariel Mishkin

Ariel is the Co-Founder of Advocacy Vancouver, a non-profit that builds awareness in Vancouver about local social justice, economic prosperity, environmental sustainability and educational events by providing digital marketing support for various organizations. She is currently employed as the event planner for the Communicable Disease and Public Health Unit of the First Nations Health Authority, an experimental government that is run independently by First Nations Peoples of Canada. In this role, she manages programming logistics and budgets for conferences and workshops on sexual health, tuberculosis, harm reduction, HIV, and Immunizations for Indigenous communities across the province. For the past year, Ariel has sat on the Board of Directors of the BC Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC) and recently returned for the United Nations High-Level Political Forum in New York as a BCCIC Youth Delegate. Previously, she worked in Mongolia and India with local NGOs to develop marketing and communication plans and held multiple positions on the board of directors of the University of Victoria’s Student Society.

Sara Farid

Inter-Council Network National Coordinator

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Inter-Council Network National Coordinator

Sara Farid was born in Alexandria, Egypt and moved to Canada with her family in 1995. She has a BA in History, a Certificate in Middle Eastern and African Studies and a Masters in International Affairs, with a specialization in conflict management and resolution. Sara has worked as an Analyst for the Government of Canada's Departments of National Defense and Foreign Affairs, in Ottawa, for several years, as well as an Early Warning Analyst for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Rome. She has also worked on developing the methodology for a Humanitarian Early Warning System as part of a WFP-led UN Interagency program. Prior to working with the ICN, Sara worked for almost 7 years for Development and Peace - Caritas Canada, facilitating and leading workshops on global social justice issues to all age groups. She has also worked for local non-profit organizations in Bolivia and Cuba, and has spent time with local partners in the Philippines, Madagascar, Sierra Leone and Burkina Faso. She loves reading, walking, dancing and good company. [button size="medium" link="/staff/" style="simple"]Back[/button]

Barbarah Nicoll

Chapter Coordinator

Barbarah began her association with BCCIC as a member of its first networking groups initiated across the province before taking on the role of coordinator for the West Kootenay Global Awareness Network in 2016.

Working in the not for profit sector with an entrepreneurial and creative impulse, Barbarah is an mentor and educator of high school and graduate learners, and a mentor for and initiator of innovative businesses and community projects. She has started schools, developed curriculum, initiated peace and social justice projects, hosted youth exchanges and led international service learning and exchanges. Barbarah’s formal education includes a Master of Integrated Arts, Waldorf High School Teacher certification, BA General Studies, Expressive Arts certification, Youth Development diploma from Grant MacEwan College, and The Art of Facilitation Training with Caroline Estes of the Alpha Institute.

Lynn Thornton

Treasurer

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Victoria International Development Education Association (VIDEA)

Lynn Thornton has been the Executive Director of VIDEA for the past 11 years. Before moving to Canada and taking up this role, Lynn worked as the Head of the Campaigns Group Unit at Greenpeace UK, and as a Regional Officer at ActionAid UK. Lynn lives in Victoria, with her partner Kris, two sons Adan (18) and Dylan (16) and over-excitable chocolate lab Casey! Lynn is passionate about education as a human right and is working to achieve this through VIDEA’s education and overseas programmes. She has also served on the board of a unique Victoria-area school for the past 12 years.

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Dan Harris

Program Officer

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Program Officer

Dan is a New Zealander with over seven years’ experience in the field of international community development working with NGOs in Latin America and the United States. Raised on a yacht, Dan’s love for international cooperation grew out of his own travels in Europe, the Caribbean, West Africa, and the Pacific. With a Masters in Development Studies, Dan’s focus is participatory methodologies for community engagement and change leadership. While this work is his passion, Dan also loves the outdoors and exploring the wilderness either with a backpack or by sail. [button size="medium" link="/staff/" style="simple"]Back[/button]