Meet Our Staff
The team that helps keep us running!
Melissa has been working with and supporting children and families in Victoria for over 15 years. She started on this path becoming an early childhood educator during the early years of her daughter’s life (now a teenager, my how time flies). She brings with her to the 1Up Single Parent Resource a vast amount of knowledge and experience working with individuals and organizations in different circumstances. She has held the title of director in numerous local nonprofit childcare centers, and has a good understanding of nonprofit organization structure. Melissa brings a profound understanding of team development, working in conjunction with individuals, and building leadership. Melissa has been living the island life for over 30 years. Born in Montreal, she is fluent in French, although prefers to practice her Spanish whenever she can make it down to Mexico on vacation. When not working, Melissa is a lifelong learner – be it honing her artistic abilities painting rocks, and shells, or taking courses to develop a deeper understanding of current issues facing the community. She can often be found hunting for moon snails along beaches or volunteering at one of the local community events.
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.
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.
Clothing Room Coordinator
Stephanie has been with 1Up for 13 years. She has recently taken on our new Clothing room coordinator role. Stephanie started at 1Up as a Peer Helper/ Clothing room volunteer, and Community relations team member.
With a board skill set having a background in fashion merchandising & marketing program, as well a certificate in business and E-commerce. Stephanie is a supporter, ally and advocate for families of all needs. Bringing 15 years of experience working with children with an array of abilities in a therapeutic and educational environments.
Stephanie’s passion is her advocacy work. She loves to share her skill set to support all families in Victoria and looks forward to sharing more in the future.