Meet Our Board


Lynn McCaughey, Chair


Lynn has been pleased to work with 1Up for the past 5 years, initially as a volunteer mentor, then a board member and most recently as Chair of the Board of Directors.  Her motivation to become part of the 1Up community comes from her passion for being of service.  Lynn does this work because she believes that in community we are all “walking each other home.”  Whether we are members, staff or volunteers, the best way forward is together.

Deb Sexsmith, Vice Chair


Deb joined the 1UP board because of her interest to give back to the organization that helped her so much many years ago as a single mother with two little girls.  She has a degree in Business Administration and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.  Her career has taken her from local government, University of Victoria and currently at BC Ferries as a Manager in Human Resources. She has lived on Vancouver Island for over 30 years and has been served on various non-profit boards and as President of a school parent advisory committee.

Nelson Thomas, Treasurer


Nelson graduated from the School of Business, York University in 1978 with a business administration degree and earned his CA designation in 1981.  Nelson’s strengths include many years’ experience in providing financial and tax advice to businesses and individuals, preparing financial statements, personal and corporate tax returns and advising on the goods and services tax (GST).

Nelson has served in his community for many years with several local organizations including 19 years as Treasurer with the Victoria Single Parent Resource Society.  He looks forward to working with the Centre as it continues to serve single parents into the future.  His focus is to monitor and protect the financial viability of 1Up for the benefit of families now and in the future.

Catherine MacDonald, Secretary


Catherine has been a 1Up board member for just over 2 years and is currently active on the Relocation and Nominating & Membership Committees. She grew up in Chilliwack, BC and moved to Victoria to attend university.  Catherine graduated from UVIC law school in 1980 and after several years in private practice, she moved to BC Assessment in 1988. Catherine remained there until retiring in October 2012, from her position as Director of Legal Services and Government Relations.  Catherine values the work that Centre does today and is excited to be involved in finding a new building for 1Up which she believes will expand 1Up’s capacity to help single parents and kids in the future.

Christine St. Peter, Past Chair


Dr. Christine St. Peter retired in 2011 from her position as Professor and first Chair of Women’s Studies at the University of Victoria. In that capacity she served on administrative, research and policy-making committees at the local, regional and national levels and was awarded prizes for excellence in teaching and research. A particular interest in the lives and struggles of single parents, most of them women, many of them poor, convinced her to accept an invitation to join the Board of 1UP Victoria Single Parent Resource Centre in 2003 and to serve as Chair of the Board from 2014-17. This was an opportunity to support parents at a grassroots level, and after participating in the work of the Centre for these many years she is more convinced than ever of its vital importance in the community.

Gillian Calder, Director


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Lois Dutton, Director


Lois’s first career after university was as an English/History teacher for 8 years. This was followed by 30 years as a real estate agent which led to becoming the founder/owner (along with her husband) of a real estate/property management company with 20 employees.

The company was recently sold which allows Lois more time to work directly with people who have social, emotional, psychological or financial issues, particularly with housing.  Although some of her work is with seniors, she is particularly excited to be working for young parents and children whose potential is great, and to whom the Single Parent Resource Centre can make such a long-term difference. Lois has been on the board for 2 years and currently is the chair of the Relocation Committee.

Edie Copland, Director


Edie is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana and she moved to Canada in 1997 becoming a Canadian citizen in 2008.  She has an MSc in Counselling & Consulting Psychology.  Edie recently retired as Executive Director of Silver Threads Service for Seniors, a position she held since 2002.  Prior to taking up the ED post at STS, Edie was ED at 1Up for 2 years.  Edie has been on the 1Up board since 2004 and currently sits on the Education, Personnel and Nominating & Membership committees.  Edie raised her daughter (now married) as a single parent for many years and knows – from personal experience and from her work at 1Up – that raising a child alone can be tough!

Barbara Herringer, Director


Barbara has served on the 1Up Board of Directors for 5 years.  Currently, she is on the Personnel and Education Committees, and was previously on the Relocation Committee. Barbara retired as Dean of Health & Human Services at Camosun College in 2013.  Previously, she worked at University of Northern BC, University of Victoria, and with the provincial government.

Barbara sees the Centre’s work as key to the well-being of our Greater Victoria communities, and sees that having a new and more spacious location for parents and children will make it possible for our dedicated staff and volunteers to serve single parents even more effectively.

Amy English, Director


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William Lake, Director

William is a certified General Accountant and is currently employed as an auditor at the Canada Revenue Agency.  He is 1Up’s longest standing board member joining in 1989 and was the treasurer for the Centre when the 602 Gorge Road building was originally purchased back in 1991.   As well, William has served as Board Chair and on the Relocation Committee.  He looks forward to continuing to keep a  close eye on the Centre’s finances as it is important to him that 1Up be able to offer much needed services in the present and into the future.