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. Jennifer is our new Executive Director and  is very passionate about our mission and vision.

Stephen Cochrane
Director of Service Delivery

Stephen comes to us with over 20 years experience working in a variety of roles in the Child and Youth Care Field in Vancouver Island Communities. He has a diploma in Outdoor Recreation from Seneca College in Ontario and is a very active member in our local community.

Taylor Oriecuia
Program Coordinator

Taylor is a recent graduate from the University of Victoria with a degree in psychology and communications; she comes to BBBSCVI with a passion for volunteerism, community involvement and youth empowerment. Taylor aspires a career in youth counselling. Before moving to Nanaimo, Taylor worked as a program coordinator, supporting youth achieve the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award and volunteered at a youth crisis support line. Outside work hours, you can find Taylor exploring beautiful Vancouver Island, practicing yoga or curled up with a good book.

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 18 years. He has worked with our agency since 2008 in a number of capacities and projects.