Management Team

Geoffrey assumed the role of CEO in September 2021.  Prior to this, he was hired as Manager, LifeStreams Learning in March 2017, and then Director of Learning and Employment Services in April 2018.  Before joining the Garth Homer Society, Geoffrey enjoyed a 20 year career in the performing arts working in theatre, film, television, and radio.  In addition to his own work in the performing arts, Geoffrey has worked with several organizations to develop and integrate arts-based strategies and pedagogies in schools, art centres, theatre companies, and other community-based organizations such as the Calgary Centre for the Arts (Director of Education and Community Engagement), Sage Theatre (Artistic Associate/Festival Director), and Renfrew Educational Services (Consultant, Arts-Learning strategies), along with several post-secondary teaching positions. 

Throughout his career, Geoffrey has used the arts to engage people with developmental disabilities, which has paved the road that led him to the Garth Homer Society in 2015.  He moved to Victoria in 2012 with his wife and son from London, UK where he and his wife completed their graduate studies, and now spends his free time exploring beautiful Vancouver Island with his family.

Mitchell brings to his leadership role at the Garth Homer Society a belief that anything that gets done really comes down to people talking, deciding and doing.

His drive and vision are grounded in more than 25 years’ experience as a consultant and manager in business and the not-for-profit sector. Beginning as a strategist and program developer for Toronto social marketing agency, Manifest Communication, Mitchell then became the National Director of Advancement and Resource Development for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind.

Always one to see ahead, he co-founded Bird On A Wire Networks, a provider of Internet infrastructure, for whom he was VP Marketing, Sales, and Business Development. He’s also worked with a large Canadian travel retailer to launch the first online booking engine for student airfares in Canada.

Since moving from Toronto seven years ago, Mitchell has worked with clients providing strategy, business development, and board development services to public good organizations. In Victoria, he has been a volunteer with the United Way’s Volunteer Leadership Development Program and a Community Advisor to the Victoria Foundation. He is currently a Director and past President of Leadership Victoria.

Tami is a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds a Masters in Global Business & Innovation Leadership. Prior to joining the Garth Homer Society, Tami was the Director of Finance at the Boys & Girls Club Services of Greater Victoria.  Previously, she held key financial roles in a variety of for-profit organizations, and served on several charitable Boards including the artsReach Victoria and the Octa Collective Society. Having worked in financial management for over 20 years, she believes it is her diverse work experience, and other volunteer activities, where she developed valuable skills of conscientious decision making, and governance, providing her with a unique perspective with regards to achieving the financial goals within a not-for-profit agency. Tami is continually inspired and humbled by the dedication and compassion the many volunteers, instructors and staff of the Society given to improve the lives of individuals by building a strong foundation of life skills, training and employment opportunities, and creativity through the arts. Outside of work Tami enjoys travel, touring on her motorcycle, and is a member of Pacific Opera Victoria.

Kevin Steeple has been involved with Garth Homer Society for 16 years. He started as a volunteer in the sports and recreation program and has recently taken on the role of Manager, Client Services. With 11 years of supervisory experience with the Community Access Team, Kevin has a great understanding of the Garth Homer Society. He mentors and empowers all staff on a daily basis and strives to create a positive work environment. Kevin is responsible for developing and managing program budgets, working with new employees, performance evaluations, scheduling and team planning. Kevin works with the Director of Client Services to oversee all Client Service client documentation and planning to ensure program innovation and quality assurance.

Amber joined the GHS team as a casual in 2006 after graduating from the Camosun College CSW program. She then quickly transitioned to a full time position with our Community Inclusion programs.
Raised with a family member who has a developmental disability, Amber was motivated early on to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities.
In 2015 Amber became the Team Coordinator for our Discovery program. She successfully completed the Community Leadership Development Program in June while in this position.
Amber started in her new role designed to assist Coordinators as well as day to day frontline support staff within our Community Inclusion programs in January 2018.

Russ hails from St. John’s, Newfoundland where he finished high school, worked for two years as a nursing assistant, and then joined the Royal Canadian Navy.  He studied digital technology, solid state theory, and computer programming for three years at the Canadian Forces Fleet School in Halifax.  In 1984 Russ was posted to the west coast where he retired in 1992 after a tour in the Persian Gulf (Kuwait).  He started working at Garth Homer in 1996, and has one son.

Rebecca is a Registered Social Worker who started her career in the field with people with developmental disabilities as a support worker. She worked mainly in the non-profit sector as a Social Worker throughout her career, and has also had a varied work history, including working with an airline and as a neurofeedback technician. Rebecca most recently spent just over two years working in Employment Services with WorkBC here in Victoria. Rebecca is excited to marry her experience supporting people with diverse abilities with her knowledge of the local labour market and employment services, and her love of projects and organizing, to support the Employment Services team to provide excellent services to clients of The Garth Homer Society.

In the summer you may find her taking advantage of sunny weather outdoors, taking friends and family new to the area on tours of her favorite parts of the CRD, and in the winter you might find her at a live theatre performance, taking a course to learn new things, or reading (historical based fiction is a favorite).