VISOA Board of Directors 2022
Wendy has served on VISOA’s board of directors since 2013, as treasurer and president, as well as marketing and social media chair. As a graphic designer, she enjoys lending a hand with the design of graphics for VISOA’s Bulletin, emails, events and marketing materials. Wendy enjoys presenting webinars and workshops to assist strata owners with the management of their strata corporations. Now in her 11th year serving as a strata council member, she often refers to herself as a strata geek, and enjoys her free moments reading CRT decisions.
John joined VISOA as a business member in 2004. His strata corporation has been a member since 2009, the same year that John became a strata owner. He has served as vice president on his strata council since that year, and as VISOA’s vice president since 2020. As a strata maintenance consultant, his knowledge of strata operations and depreciation reports provides a depth of knowledge and experience that benefits VISOA’s board and members.
André has been a strata owner since 2001 and has served as president of his strata council. He has also served on VISOA’s board of directors since 2020, now in his second year as treasurer. André is a professional engineer and holds an ICD.D designation, from the Institute of Corporate Directors, which represents a commitment to good governance and ethical representation in the boardroom.
Andrew became a condo owner in 2003 in San Francisco where he served as board treasurer. He moved to Victoria a few years ago and serves on the strata council of a small industrial loft style building in Vic West. In his professional life he served for almost two decades as a public affairs officer with the Canadian Consulate, San Francisco, Silicon Valley; and enjoyed leadership positions with a range of not-for-profit organizations that focused on environmental education or the performing arts. Andrew was elected to VISOA’s board of directors in 2022. He knows he will greatly enjoy serving the VISOA membership and implementing the strategic business vision of the organization in coming years.
Lee Ann joins us with 25+ years of strata experience and is currently her on strata council as secretary/treasurer. Recently retired as an Executive Director of a non-profit society, she looks forward to learning more and sharing her board and strata knowledge with VISOA. Professionally she has worked in banking, credit, legal and childcare sectors. Lee Ann was elected to VISOA’s board of directors in 2022.
Len has been a strata owner in Williams Lake and Victoria and served as president in both. His work experience includes 15 years with the RCMP, Chief of Security and then Field Operations Manager at B.C. Place Stadium and over 20 years as an Insurance Adjuster and Broker until retiring in 2014 and still provides consulting services to the insurance industry. Len has always been active in his community in curling clubs, golf clubs, Literacy Society, Canada Cup of Curling, Tim Hortons Brier, Continental Cup of Curling, Northern Wood Forum, Kamloops Recreation Commission to name a few. Len was elected to VISOA’s board of directors in 2022. He has a keen interest in assisting other strata owners and councils and enhancing his knowledge of stratas.
Charlotte has lived in a strata for five years and served on council for two. As an Executive Director within the justice system, she was a founder of BC’s first official mediation program. Charlotte was a tribunal member in welfare and disability disputes for the (then) Ministry of Social Services. She has experience with policy and organizational development and has served on a wide variety of community boards of directors. Charlotte was elected to VISOA’s board of directors in 2022. She is ready to move beyond the strata council level and contribute to an organization with a broader community level of advocacy and information, education, and giving.
Barry has 26 years in the property management business. He was founder and CEO of Summit Strata Management Ltd. in Whistler BC for 22 years and a founding member of the Strata Property Agents association (SPABC). Mr. Burko was a mediator/arbitrator and has acted as both under the Condominium Act of BC. He is currently the owner/operator of Whispering Pines RV & Tent and sits on the boards of the British Columbia Lodging and Camping Association as Treasurer, and on the Sicamous Chamber of Commerce as Vice-President. Mr. Burko resides in Victoria September through May, and in the Shuswap in the summers. He was elected to VISOA’s board of directors in 2022.
Susan has been a strata owner since 2016. She served as Strata President in 2017. She has been on the Thrifty Foods Management Team at various locations on Vancouver Island since 2003. She is currently the Retail Administrative Coordinator responsible for payroll, training, food safety protocols, standard operating procedures, maintenance, health and safety programs and the human resources liaison. Susan was elected to VISOA’s Board of Directors in 2022. She is very interested in gaining knowledge and being apart of an organization focused on making the strata life for owners and councils a positive experience through resources and education.
George is a retired lawyer and adjunct professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa. He has been a Lecturer in Law at University of Victoria; St. Peter’s College, University of Oxford; and for the World Intellectual Property Organization. George has been a strata owner for 37 years in three provinces and has served on council numerous times. He has also served on many boards over the years including president of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, and is currently president of the Probus Club of Oak Bay. George was elected to VISOA’s board of directors in 2022.
David has been a member of VISOA since 2010 and a regular attendee at seminars and workshops ever since. For nearly a decade, he served as a strata council member in positions including secretary and president. David joined VISOA’s board of directors in 2020 to give back to VISOA members from his council experience. David is a member of VISOA’s Strata Support Team.
Our office administrator Cindy, and office assistant Donna, process memberships, manage the database, and answer members’ queries regarding membership benefits, renewals and payments. They also coordinate our quarterly bulletin and advertising, email newsletter, website updates, publications sales, and preparations for workshops and seminars.
Cindy (she/her) joined VISOA as Office Administrator in November of 2018. She has over 30 years of professional customer service experience and is dedicated to client satisfaction. She has resided in Victoria with a series of delightful & interesting cats for over 20 years and respectfully acknowledges she is an uninvited guest in the territory of the Songhees, Esquimalt, and W̱sáneć Nations. She has a somewhat jackdaw curiosity about human behaviour and the world around her and is always interested in what is going to happen next.
Donna Salmon, Administrative Assistant
Donna has been a valued member of VISOA’s team since 2015. She performs a wide range of duties including processing memberships and answering questions about memberships by email and phone.