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.




Boma Brown

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 McGovern


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



Tariro Murwira

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.


Kia Pezesh

Media Assistant

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 Reuveny

Outreach Assistant

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.


Alicia Cattermole

Practicum Student

Alicia currently helps with the planning of VIPIRG’s Annual Conference. She’s also happy to support other VIPIRG events as needed.


Duncun Jones 

Board Member

Duncan is a second year Social Sciences 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.


Jennipher Shihundu

Board Member

Jennipher’s interests include people, food, life, community building, and divorce court and/or Dr Phil.  VIPIRG creates spaces for people to talk about important issues and learn from each other. She enjoys working with VIPIRG because of the wonderful team, and the feeling of making a contribution to alleviating social injustices in the world.


Lucy Hagos

Board Member

Lucy is a settler on these lands who was born and raised in Saudi Arabia, but originally from Eritrea.


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 second year as an active member of the VIPIRG board.


Shyam Singh

Board Member

Shyam is a South-East Asian immigrant with a degree in Women’s/Gender Studies, working with various at risk populations through numerous community organizations. He likes that VIPIRG makes decisions based on community organizations that need resources the most. Our communities lack places that make consensus based decisions guided by anti-colonial and anti-racist agendas.


Jeff Ellom

Board Member

Jeff Ellom moved to Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ territories in 2014 and joined VIPIRG in 2016. As a settler of African / European ancestry, he is interested in the ways in which race and settlership operate on these territories, and looks to create equity between divergent communities.


Emma Kiwanuka 

Board Member

Emma Kiwanuka is a 3rd year Sociology and Psychology student at UVIC. She maintains a keen interest in exploring and continuously learning matters of race, community and POC mental health. She is very appreciative of the opportunity to serve on the VIPIRG BOD and looks forward to work that VIPIRG has in store for the year to come.