Jennifer Kemp
Executive Director

Jennifer has experience in a number of fields including Real Estate and Business Management. She has been a valued Board Member with us for over 5 years prior to joining us on staff. As our Executive Director she is very passionate about our mission and vision.

Cheryl Vaughn
Program Manager

As a former practicum student through the Human Service Worker diploma program via the College of the Rockies, and now an employee, Cheryl brings with her to BBBSCVI a passion to help children and youth in her new community.  Cheryl is enthusiastic about ensuring that every child has a person of support in their lives, providing them with encouragement, and empowerment in their early and formative years.

In Cheryl’s spare time, she enjoys exploring the many beaches Nanaimo and the surrounding area has to offer with her son and their dog.  Cheryl also enjoys reading, going to concerts, yoga, volunteering, hiking, and gardening.

Pat Newton
Office Administrator

Pat joined Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Vancouver Island in October 2015. She previously worked as an accountant for Big Sisters in Vancouver for more than 25 years. She volunteers with the Nanaimo Women’s Resources Society, Seniors Aging Out, Better at Home with Nanaimo Family Life, and with two Syrian refugee initiatives through Brechin United Church. As someone who was a high-school drop out and briefly homeless herself as a teenager, she has worked hard for more than forty years to provide support to the most marginalized women and children in our community so they may become more self-sufficient and resilient. This is with profound gratitude to those who reached out a helping hand when she was in need. Her graduate research for her Master’s degree in History focused on the scientific education of girls and young women in London in the mid- to late-19th century. She may (or may not) consider completing her PhD as a retirement project.

Jerry Sauder
Social Media, Web and IT Support

Jerry has worked in the IT Industry in a number of capacities for over 20 years. He has worked with our agency since 2008 in a number of capacities and projects.