Board Members

Annie Brothwell (President)

Annie Bothwell is a Paramedic currently working for BC Ambulance Service, based on Salt Spring Island, and also instructing at the Justice Institute of BC. When she first emigrated to Canada, and prior to becoming a Paramedic, she worked at Sun Life in Vancouver as an Investment Solutions Executive. She was also able to volunteer at the Winter Olympics and Paralympics, carrying out a variety of roles which she thoroughly enjoyed.
After moving to Victoria, Annie was able to volunteer with the VTRA which she finds an amazing opportunity to be around people as well as horses and has also started arranging events for Habitat for Humanity. She enjoys all sports, playing field hockey on a regular basis as well as skiing and traveling.

Karen Jackson (Vice President)

Karen is the founder of Jackson Consulting Group (1995), an organizational development and strategic human resources consulting firm based in Victoria. Prior to creating Jackson Consulting Group, Karen held senior management positions in Scotiabank, Credit Suisse First Boston and British Gas PLC. Karen has B.Sc.(Hons) Psychology, Postgraduate in HR Management & Labour Relations and holds the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development’s professional designation. Recognizing the therapeutic capacity of riding, she volunteered with VTRA as a side-walker in the late 90s and since February 2016 has been supporting VTRA through board and committee work.

Penny Ledoux (Treasurer)

Penny is a Certified General Accountant who retired in 2013 after working 24 years at Canada Revenue Agency. Penny originally volunteered as a side-walker at VTRA, then joined the Board in 2011. She has been involved in the Governance, Revenue Generation, Personnel and Finance committees over that time and acted as Treasurer for the last two years. Penny believes that VTRA is a Charity that can make a difference and that she can contribute toward long term sustainability for VTRA by being part of the Board.

Susan Miller (Secretary)

Susan is currently the Director of Finance and Administration at University of Victoria’s Facilities Management and has a broad background in business planning, budgeting, and finance in the private and public sectors. Susan holds a BA, Business Administration as well as a Chartered Professional Accountant designation.

Jeannette Allan (Board Member)

Jeannette grew up riding Arabian horses on her grandmother’s ranch in Yakima, Washington. Her relative started a therapeutic riding association in Yakima as well, where Jeannette volunteered and saw first hand the magic of what therapeutic riding can do for children. When she moved to Victoria in 2014, she knew she wanted to continue helping a similar riding organization. Jeannette feels lucky to have joined the VTRA board where she can combine her love of horses with her grant writing skills. She currently works at the Greater Victoria Public Library as the Development Assistant.

Isobel Doyle (Board Member)

Isobel has over 25 years of experience managing the environmental aspects of major projects, including the environmental impact assessment, environmental review and project compliance components. Her career in the private sector began in 1990 when she cofounded Par Terre Environmental Consulting Services Ltd. She has worked throughout BC providing environmental management, impact assessments and expert advice to provincial and federal governments and the private sector. Isobel has proven she is able to produce quality documents, complete complex tasks on time, provide sound strategic advice, maintain quality control of documents and services and deliver quality assurance to the client. She has a history of working cooperatively with agency, environmental, engineering, communications and proponent representatives to deliver projects that meet environmental and cost objectives while complying with law, regulation, and contractual agreement. Isobel has successfully completed ECO Canada’s certification process and the Canadian Environmental Certification Approvals Board has awarded her the title of Environmental Professional (EP). She cherishes her horse, riding adventures, all things dressage, her dog and last but not least, her friends and family. She most recently served as director on the board of the Lower Island Equestrian Club.

Anne Waterhouse (Board Member)

In Calgary, Anne started riding horses at 9 years and did show jumping as a teenager in the Stampede Corral. After high school she did some training in physical and occupational therapy in Toronto. Then she worked in: retail management in large department stores in Boston and Toronto, in data entry for a publisher in Delran, New Jersey, as an Assistant Production Manager at Tacoma Goodwill Industries supervising 90 employees and clients where many of them had disabilities and finally, volunteering as a massage practitioner on the staff at Seattle Children’s Hospital before moving to Saanichton. Anne started volunteering as a side walker for VTRA over 15 years ago and is currently volunteering at holding the horses for the farrier, the veterinarian and the chiropractor along with scheduling and recording the care of the VTRA horses. She is the owner and manager of the property where VTRA is located.

Sharon (Shari) Mason (Board Member)

Shari’s career in business and project administration spans 4 decades in a diverse range of industries, including wholesale management in Vancouver, banking and pension benefits administration in Toronto, municipal government, construction and transportation in Calgary, and provincial government, technology, and long term care in Victoria. Shari has a Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurial Management and a Masters in Business Administration. Shari has many years of board experience with her most recent appointment as Treasurer for the Rest Haven Foundation. In 2017, Shari started working for the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation and has been responsible for coordinating the administration, accounting, finance, IT, and HR roles of the Foundation. Over the next few months, Shari will take on exciting responsibilities in events management, grant writing and donor relations. Shari can attest to the many positive physical, social and psychological benefits of working with and caring for horses.  She was blessed to grow up on an 80 acre farm near Kamloops, BC.   Working with horses taught her responsibility and riding taught her patience, discipline, understanding, empathy, compassion, self-control, and dedication. Shari is honored to be a member of the VTRA Board of Directors and looks forward to working and learning from the highly skilled staff, trainers, and volunteers of the VTRA.


Board Application

VTRA is currently seeking board members who will add to the overall expertise of our Board of Directors. These positions are an excellent opportunity for both the seasoned volunteer as well as professionals who are looking to dedicate some of their time to a worthwhile charity. If you enjoy working as a part of a team and have good communication and interpersonal skills, let us know about you!

To apply please click here and fill our volunteer application form.

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