Meet Our Staff

The team that helps keep us running!

Sarah Downey

Sarah Downey

Executive Director

Sarah has a twenty-year history of developing, supporting, advising and managing – charities, non-profit societies and co-operative organizations. Sarah holds a BA Honours Degree in Indigenous Studies and Fine Arts and has an extensive background in social work, business, and finance.

Sarah brings a wide range of skills that are an ideal fit for the vision at 1Up. Some of her key interests are bringing more awareness and support to the instrumental role that 1Up plays in the Greater Victoria community, and working to understand and truly meet the needs of members. She comes to us most recently as the Executive Director of Power of Hope Society, a charity that supports the empowerment and emotional well-being of youth who struggle with difficult life situations.

As a single parent herself (of two teenagers) Sarah has a depth of understanding for the kinds of issues – financially, socially, and emotionally — that are faced daily by single parents in Victoria.

Trevor Tuckwell

Trevor Tuckwell

Administrative Coordinator

Trevor was born in Sechelt, BC. Trevor has been a single parent for over 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 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.

Sanni Rosebrock

Sanni Rosebrock

Moms & Mentors Coordinator

Sanni has worked at 1Up Single Parent Resource Centre 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.

Lesley McNeely

Lesley McNeely

Counsellor & Educational Coordinator

Lesley’s background is in Fine Arts, Social Work and Facilitation. She has worked in 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 on one work and group facilitation, Lesley 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.

Yasmine Nijjar

Yasmine Nijjar

Member Services Coordinator

Yasmine was born and raised on Vancouver Island, and her educational background is in Psychology and Social Work. Ever since completing a field placement with 1UP in 2018, Yasmine has been passionate about advocating for Single Parent families and the unique challenges they face. She also works as a Youth Mentor for vulnerable youth in the Greater Victoria Area. When Yasmine is not at work, you can usually find her cooking up a storm with her family, reading a good book, or coaching youth soccer!

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