Board Members

Annie Brothwell (President)

Annie Bothwell is a Paramedic currently working for the Victoria branch of BC Ambulance Service and is the Lead Instructor at the Victoria Campus of 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. While in Vancouver, Annie thoroughly enjoyed volunteering in a variety of roles at the Winter Olympics and Paralympics. Since moving to Victoria, Annie began volunteering with the VTRA which she finds an amazing opportunity to meet new people and, of course, horses. In addition to her life at the VTRA, Annie started arranging special events for Habitat for Humanity. She enjoys all sports, including riding, playing field hockey and tennis 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 and acted as Treasurer for the last two years. Penny believes that VTRA is a charitable organization that can make a difference in the lives of all those connected to the program.  Penny believes 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 in the University of Victoria’s Facilities Management Department 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.

Isobel Doyle (Board Member)

Isobel began volunteering at the VTRA in the spring of 2016 for Committee work. In November of the same year, she joined the Board and has been the Chair of the Governance Committee ever since. Isobel previously served as Director on the Board of the Lower Island Equestrian Club. Now retired from the Private Sector, Isobel began her career in 1990 by co-founding the Par Terre Environmental Consulting Services Ltd. The work entailed travelling the Province to provide professional environmental management, impact assessments and expert advice to Provincial and Federal Governments and the Private Sector. Isobel brings an employment history replete with skills including managing projects teams, writing quality documents, completing complex in a timely manner, providing sound strategic advice and maintaining quality control of documents and services.

Britta Henley

Britta is an Occupational Therapist currently working for the Island Health Acute Care Services. She has worked in a variety of healthcare settings including hospitals, residential and community care. Britta has long dreamed of combining her love of horses, people and rehabilitation. She began volunteering at the VTRA in January 2018 and has had the opportunity to observe and experience the amazing impact a relationship with horses can have on people with various disabilities and challenges. Britta is excited to contribute insight and knowledge from a rehabilitation perspective to the VTRA to assist with continuing program growth and development.

Sherry Niles

Sherry currently works full time as a Speech Language Pathologist for School District #62 in Sooke. Sherry obtained a BSc degree in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology from the University of Alberta then an MA degree in SLP from Western Washington University. Working as an SLP for 25 plus years, Sherry has worked with adults in group homes and  Ministry of Health; preschoolers in Prevention Services for VIHA; Queen Alexandra Centre for Children’s Health, Autism and Neurodevelopmental; Clinics and private practice; school age children including young teens in SD#62 and private practice. Sherry’s professional work has not only encompassed direct treatment and assessment but also creating and implementing training workshops for parents, ECE’s, Teachers, Interventionists and Community Partners. Many of the individuals served have demonstrated concomitant physical, behavioral and social challenges. Over the last few years, connecting with various individuals and mental health service providers in the community has contributed to a personal desire to learn how to support individuals challenged with trauma and mental health issues. Sherry also has an interest in Equine Facilitated Wellness with the view to obtaining training or certification in this area. Lastly, Sherry also has a Professional Accountant designation.

Anne Silver

Anne is a retired clinical pharmacist, working last at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver. She holds a degree in Pharmacy from the University of Toronto. Currently, Anne serves on the Nominating Committee of the Glenlyon Norfolk School Board of Governors and enjoys contributing as a Judge/Coordinator of the GNS Debate Program. She actively supports and volunteers a Victoria Hospice and is a sponsor of four Syrian Refugee constituent Groups, supporting all aspects of their resettlement in Canada. Keen to build community at every opportunity, and as a mother of four community-engaged children, Anne is deeply committed to promoting children’s health and education, and to breaking down barriers that challenge their well-being. Appreciating the essential role that therapeutic riding plays in the lives of children, she is thrilled to be a side-walker at the VTRA. The joy and confidence of a child riding horseback warms Anne’s heart.

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, after which 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.

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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