Executive Director – Marianne Sorensen
Marianne has been a life long advocate for vulnerable members of our communities, holding a deep passion for social justice and community inclusion. Marianne spent most of her life in Prince George, raising her family and working in the not for profit sector. She served 18 years as Executive Director of AWAC – An Association Advocating for Women and Children, supporting homeless, impoverished and severely marginalized women and female youth.
Marianne moved to Victoria in 2012 and has since worked on behalf of domestic violence survivors, and with men and women experiencing homelessness and complex barriers. With a strong focus on collaboration and community development, Marianne has served in a leadership capacity on housing, poverty reduction, mental health and substance use initiatives at a community, regional and provincial level. Combined with extensive not for profit financial and human resource management experience Marianne is an ideal fit for 1Up. She is delighted to have the opportunity to work with, and advocate for single parent families.
Office Coordinator – Trevor Tuckwell
Trevor was born in Sechelt, BC. Trevor has been a single parent for 13 years, and has sole custody of his son, Taryn, who was born with profound hearing loss. While working in out-of-school care in 2009, Trevor took the Peer Helper volunteer training at 1Up. After volunteering regularly at the Centre for over a year, Trevor was hired as the Administrative Coordinator and has been employed full-time since 2010.
Trevor enjoys being a part of the Centre’s capacity to create a welcoming and supportive place for single parents, with amazing volunteers and donors who truly understand how significant their contributions are to the community.
Moms & Mentors Coordinator – Sanni Rosebrook
Sanni has worked at 1Up SPRC since April 2013 when she started as Program Assistant and Child Care Coordinator in the ‘MOMentum: Moms & Mentors’ Program. In July 2014 she moved into the role of program coordinator. Sanni has been working with children and families for close to 30 years, her background is in Child and Youth care, and in Early Childhood and Special Needs Education. She enjoys sharing her skills and knowledge and is always open for a chat. She loves her work at 1Up. She has lived in Canada since 1989, is married, and has two (almost) grown sons.
Counselor – Allyson Whiteman
Allyson has been a counsellor for over 25 years and truly enjoys working with families. She brings skill in individual and group counselling along with experience in expressive therapies. It brings her joy to witness people making change in their lives. She has been a single parent for a number of years so brings personal knowledge of that experience to her counselling work here at 1Up. In her spare time she loves hanging out with her 11 year old son Asher and their dog Star as well as being out in nature.
Educational Coordinator – Lesley McNeely
Lesley’s background is in Fine Arts, Social Work and Facilitation. She has worked in BC and the Victoria area for the past 20 years with children, youth and families in a variety of capacities. She holds an integral belief that individuals and families are strong, capable and resilient.
Through one and one work and group facilitation she has worked with people of all ages to reconnect with themselves and their inherent ability to love life fully, to connect with themselves and others and to parent in the way they dream of.
Community Relations & Volunteer Director – Tanya Carr
Tanya worked in the Canadian Armed Forces for 17 years where she served in both the Navy and Air Force. When Tanya moved into the Air Force, she saw first hand how under represented females were in the field of aviation. She became involved in advocating for women throughout the trades. Following the birth of her son, Tanya decided to leave the military to focus on raising her son and to further pursue a career in community outreach. Obtaining her degree in Communications from Royal Roads University, Tanya comes to 1Up armed with first hand knowledge of the struggles single parents face and a deep desire to give a voice to those who go largely unheard.