Management Team

mtemkin@garthhomersociety.org

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.

pguttin@garthhomersociety.org

Phemie Guttin has 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.

ksteeple@garthhomersociety.org

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.

vweber@garthhomersociety.org

Vickie 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.

gewert@garthhomersociety.org

Geoffrey assumed the role of Manager, LifeStreams Learning in March 2017, and then Director of Learning and Employment Services in April 2018.  Prior to this, 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.

awoodworth@garthhomersociety.org

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.

rvincent@garthhomersociety.org

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.

rweihs@garthhomersociety.org

Born and raised in Montreal, Rana received her degree in Anthropology.  After living in the Quebec Arctic for 3 years, she moved out west for the big adventure in her late 20’s. Rana worked for many years in the financial services industry here in BC - first in Vancouver, and then in Victoria in 1998.  Rana has been with Juan de Fuca Ground and inland waters Search and Rescue for 8 years, working her way up to team leader, and specializing in Swiftwater (white water) Rescue. She is now a member of the Shawnigan Fire and Rescue team.

Rana has two kids, one grandchild, and plays soccer with Vic West soccer club’s over 30’s team. She is bullding a cabin on the ocean off the grid on an island near Campbell River. She can cook a gourmet meal on a campfire, and is a mushroom hunter and forager extraordinaire!