Management Team

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.

Phemie Guttin is a Registered Nurse with more than 20 years' experience in the design and delivery of care and services for older adults, including dementia care. She joined Garth Homer Society in May 2012, from Ontario, where she had been the Director of Operations for a company that owned and operated retirement residences. Phemie had previously run a group home providing service to individuals with both disabilities and mental health problems.

Linda joined the Garth Homer Society in 2014 and brings 25 years of business and accounting experience to the team. Her career began as Manager of Real Estate Accounting for a telecommunications organization. She entered public practice in 1996 and worked for 15 years with the firms Ernst & Young LLP and Grant Thornton LLP. Linda has also held a number of senior management positions in both profit and non-profit organizations.

Colina first started volunteering with the Garth Homer Society in 1996 and quickly became a full-time front line staff member. By 1999, she was Director of Client Services. Colina covers client intake for all social life skills services, supervises the coordinators of community inclusion teams and provides human resource management for community inclusion staff.

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.
Andrea Youson is a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) with 20 years’ experience working in the community living sector, home and community care, residential complex care and assisted living. Most recently, she opened and managed a 210-bed assisted living residential complex care facility in Duncan, BC. Andrea is attuned to the changing needs of older clients, and has provided supported housing for adults and seniors who require various levels of support, including dementia care. She is passionate about meeting the needs of our clients, building relationships, respect, and respecting the dignity of the person served.

Vickie is a registered nurse who brings thirty years of experience to the postion of Senior Manager, Health Services and Education at GHS. She began her career working on the front line and, eventually, managed complex medical needs in a multitude of environments, as well as supporting and educating staff in all areas of health care.

Vickie is a foster parent who has fostered over twenty children with special needs in long-term placements. One of her foster children still lives with her, and, at twenty-five years old, she’s become an important member of the family. When Vickie finds some spare time, she enjoys the outdoors – so much so that she’s
a senior manager and trainer for one of the Search and Rescue teams on the Island.

Corinne McGregor has been with GHS for almost two years now in a variety of roles. She started at the reception desk, and now works as the Quality Assurance Manager. More recently, she also took on a temporary position coordinating personnel functions.

Her professional career began after she graduated with a Bachelor of Social Science from the University of Ottawa. Over the next 20 years, Corinne worked in health sciences, including clinical research, trial coordination, and research quality assurance for the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. She was also a 2nd Lieutenant and drill commander in the Royal Canadian Air Force reserves.

As the child of a military family, Corinne has lived across the country and in Germany, but she always felt the call of Vancouver Island. She’s lived here with her two boys and husband for ten years now, and when she isn’t working at GHS, she’s busy creating and selling her own pottery from her home studio, where she is also busy teaching the craft.