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. | Email Marianne
Administrative 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 at 1Up 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. | Email Trevor
Moms & Mentors Coordinator – Sanni Rosebrock
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. | Email Sanni
Counsellor – 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. | Email Allyson
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. | Email Lesley
Volunteer Coordinator – Carla Green
Carla has worked in the field of human rights and international development for over 15 years in Peru, Zimbabwe, Ghana and Canada. Most recently, she worked with immigrant and refugee newcomers, and programs dedicated to building more welcoming, inclusive, and connected communities. Carla looks forward to using her experience in volunteerism and public engagement to contribute to the work of 1UP and the well-being of single parent families. For her, there’s nothing better than working together with others who know they can help make the world a better and brighter place. | Email Carla
Member Services Coordinator – Yasmine Nijjar
Check back soon to see Yasmine’s Bio! | Email Yasmine