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.

 

Staff

 
 

Anureet Lotay

Research Coordinator

research@vipirg.ca

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.

 
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Boma Brown

Director of Internal Affairs

info@vipirg.ca

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 McGovern

OUTREACH COORDINATOR 

housing@vipirg.ca

Dakota is a 2nd year Geography student at UVic. He works directly with VIPIRG's Research Coordinator to compile a summer research project on affordable student housing.  

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Tariro Murwira

Research & Project Assistant

project@vipirg.ca

Tariro is a 3rd year Commerce student at UVic. She assists with community-based action research projects, and is also responsible for producing accessible accounts of research, and conducting review of literature.

 
 
 

Kia Pezesh

Community relations coordinator 

engagement@vipirg.ca

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. 

 
 
 
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Sarah Graham

RESEARCH & PROJECT ASSISTANT

connect@vipirg.ca

Sarah is a Political Science and Social Justice Studies student at UVic. She 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.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Alicia Cattermole

Board Member

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 

Board Member

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.

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Selina Beltran

Board Member

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 

Board Member

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!

 
 
 

Colin Saint-Vil

Board Member

Originally from Brooklyn, NY, Colin is a Georgraphy student at UVic. He 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 Devakos

Board Member

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."

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Khulan Davaadorj

BOARD MEMBER

Khulan is currently in third year Political Science at UVic. She grew up around the world (like Russia, Australia, South Korea, Europe) but she was born in Mongolia. She is extremely passionate about women's right around the world and Canadian politics. She hopes her experience can bring a unique set of skills to help facilitate and grow VIPIRG through research and education.