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.

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 since 1999. He started as a volunteer in the sports and recreation program and is now in the role of Director, Client Services. With 11 years of supervisory experience with the Community Access Team, and 7 years as Manager, Client Services, 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.

BJ joined Garth Homer Society’s Team in May 2005.  With almost two decades within our organization, BJ has developed strong rapports and gained vast experience within many roles-Casual Staff (all teams in that era), Program Facilitator (STARR and CAT), STARR Team Coordinator (12years), Supervisor Client Services (December 2020-May 2022), MANDT Instructor, Employer Chair of JOHSC, OFA2 for CI teams, long standing member of the social committee, and currently-Manager Client Services since June 2022.
BJ strives daily at Garth Homer for all individuals and coworkers to feel safe, supported, empowered, encouraged to embrace diversity and be one’s authentic self.
Outside of GH, BJ’s priority is time with family/friends. She enjoys music, swimming, camping, and paddle boarding.

Selena’s diverse career spans years of management and front-line work in the non-profit social service and arts and culture sectors, including community development, arts & cultural management, volunteer management, social justice, and conflict resolution. In fact, it is in the intersection of these fields that Selena loves working the most, knowing that when people’s basic as well as creative needs are met, they can truly thrive!

It is this holistic approach, grounded in inclusivity, empowerment, and compassion that Selena infuses in her daily work and relationships with others. She loves her connections with people and knows the importance that those connections have in nurturing the health and growth of her clients.

Over her career, Selena has gained valuable experience working with a broad spectrum of society, including individuals with diverse abilities, families, youth, immigrants, Indigenous peoples, 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals and seniors. She values diversity and the richness it creates.

Selena brings a unique curiosity, a commitment to lifelong learning, and dedication to creating belonging for all. She knows deeply,” It takes a village!”

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.