VIPIRG staff, volunteers, and board members are experienced organizers, researchers, and educators who can help students and community members find information, start new projects, and sustain ongoing campaigns. Staff are responsible for the day-to-day running of the organization, and provide students and community members with logistical support and other resources to help get their projects going or to support existing projects.
Each year we hire seven UVic students (five regular students and two Canada Summer Jobs students). Students are also welcome to do their practicum at VIPIRG.
Research Coordinator: now hiring
VIPIRG’s Research Coordinator coordinates and supports our community-based action research initiatives, links students to relevant projects and campaigns, organizes events and campaigns, and works with other staff to manage the organization.
Director of Internal Affairs
Boma works full-time maintaining VIPIRG’s organizational budget, working with the Board (known as the Coordinating Collective aka the Coord), hiring and supervising staff, and ensuring payroll, benefits, and VIPIRG’s collective agreement is followed. She also assists in the planning and execution of events.
She is a founding member of the Support Network for Indigenous Women & Women of Colour (SNIWWOC).
Dakota is responsible for community development and outreach aspects of VIPIRG at UVIC and its surrounding communities. He organizes and/or supports campaigns grounded in and attentive to student interests related to VIPIRG’s mandate and current foci in consultation with staff and Board
Research & Project Assistant
Tariro assists with community-based action research projects, and is also responsible for producing accessible accounts of research, and conducting review of literature.
The Media Assistant works closely with VIPIRG’s Director of Internal Affairs and Outreach Coordinator to design and produce graphics and visuals for special events.
Naomi works with VIPIRG Director’s and Coordinator’s to develop and organize outreach efforts on and off the University of Victoria campus. She also works with VIPIRG volunteers to maintain and develop the VIPIRG Resource Centre as a gathering place.
Duncan is a second year Geography student from Lewisburg PA with an interest in culture and location and how those affect resource availability. I love working with VIPIRG because I am interested in standing up for marginalized communities and working for environmental causes. I’m grateful to have this platform.
Alicia Cattermole just finished her BA at UVic. She volunteered at VIPIRG as a practicum student for 4 months during her last semester.
"I am particularly interested in women’s rights and the project idea of “most used women's products” and environmental friendly women’s products, as I think this area has gaps of research which would be exciting to fill. I would like to introduce women’s mental health, and find out which services are missing for women at uvic. How we can help to fill these services."
Kadi is a second year political science and philosophy major. She speaks French, English, and Fulani. She has lived in five countries and three provinces in Canada. She enjoys researching European Union affairs and methods to increase social equity with modernization.
She plans to be involved in community-based research programs, and partaking in the planning and organization of VIPIRG's annual conference.
Selina is a two-spirited indigenous person from Tsleil-Waututh. They have been trespassing on Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ territories for the past year, and is a student at UVic working towards a social work degree. This is Selina’s third year as an active member of the VIPIRG board.
Audrey Wolfe is an MA candidate in Child and Youth Care. She is an advocate for sex workers, and her personal narrative collection Trauma: A Zine About Survival, Exploitation, + Healing is being taught at UBC’s Social Justice Institute.
Audrey loves the ways that VIPIRG engages students on issues around sustainability, poverty, and harm reduction and would love to be contribute to this work. Also, VIPIRG is made up of a lovely community which I would love to be part of!
Originally from Brooklyn, NY, Colin is excited to be part of a community that can enact meaningful change. He is looking forward to working on VIPIRG's gardening and compost project.
Tessa is a third year economics student at the University of Victoria, and is currently one of the volunteer office coordinators for the UVSS Third Space Feminist Collective. She has been politically active since she was a teenager, both for partisan groups as well as community based activism.
"I've spent a year working across the hall and admiring the working being done and now I'd like to be a part of it. I'd love to support more projects related to food security at a community level, interactive art projects, and collaborative learning."