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.
Anu is a 2nd year PhD student at UVic. She is responsible for developing and supporting community-based research programming and activities of VIPIRG and, in collaboration with the Director of Internal Affairs and other staff, for coordinating outreach and communications.
She is passionate about community-based research and activism and developing and supporting research by/for marginalized communities.
Director of Internal Affairs
Reporting directly to the Board of Directors, Boma is responsible for developing and maintaining VIPIRG’s programs, implementing an annual operational plan and budget. She also oversees organizational contracts, grant writing, and responding to RFP. Additionally, she supervises staff, and provides leadership, recruitment and training.
She is a founding member of the Support Network for Indigenous Women & Women of Colour (SNIWWOC).
Tari is a fourth year business student at UVic and is responsible for carrying out VIPIRG's outreach and engagement initiatives. Her duties include marketing, reaching out to community members, facilitating the planning process for events, and finding new ways to serve the local and wider community. Tari is passionate about VIPIRG's community work and loves using her skillset to serve the community through its nonprofit work .
Community relations coordinator
Kia is a 3rd year Earth and Ocean Science/Environmental Studies student at UVic. He works closely with VIPIRG’s Director of Internal Affairs and Outreach Coordinator to support events, and provide opportunities for UVic students to engage with VIPIRG.
Naomi assists VIPIRG’s Research Coordinator with research projects on and off the University of Victoria campus. She also works closely with the Outreach Coordinator to reach underserved communities.
Breanna is a 6th year student at UVic. She graduated with a BA in Psychology in 2016 and returned to complete a diploma in Social Justice Studies. She is currently doing her Social Justice practicum at VIPIRG. Her interests revolve mainly around disability research and advocacy. She is looking forward to assisting with research at VIPIRG.
Board of Directors
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 Diallo is a Political Science Honours student. Kadi has lived in five countries, three Canadian provinces and is fluent in French, Fulani, and English. She is passionate about researching EU-Canada relations, with a focus on Indigenous persons.
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!
Negin is a first generation immigrant to Canada from Iran, and because of her experiences as an immigrant - she is concerned with the stigmatization that is faced by many people in that community.
Originally from Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, Duncan is passionate about student engagement, sustainability, gardening, and poverty reduction initiatives.