The GTCA

The Gorge Tillicum Community Association is a voluntary organization recognized by Saanich as the representative voice of our community on local issues.

Contact Us

P.O. Box 44152

Victoria, BC V9A 7K1

Email: info@gorgetillicum.ca

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About Us

Our Vision 

 

The Gorge Tillicum Community Association envisions a welcoming, inclusive, and caring community whose diverse citizens collaborate in creating a distinct neighbourhood that is informed, creative, resilient, and sustainable.  

Our Neighbourhood

The GTCA represents the Gorge Tillicum neighbourhood.  This historic neighbourhood is known for heritage homes, stunning waterfront, an urban forest and as a home to first nations communities for over 10,000 years. 

Our boundaries are the Gorge  Waterway and Portage Inlet shorelines, the Trans-Canada highway to the north and Harriet/Whittier/Harriet to the east. 

To learn more about Saanich Community Associations and view the boundaries, see here.

Our Objectives

  • Build a diverse, responsive, proactive, collaborative, and robust Board and Association.

  • Promote engagement, participation, and a sense of belonging and pride in our community.

  • Optimize individual and collective well-being within natural ecosystems and built environments.

  • Create and promote welcoming community spaces. 

  • Promote learning and the sharing of ideas.

  • Promote Association and community collaboration with governments, businesses, developers, and other organizations in support of the GTCA’s stated purposes. 

2019/2020 GTCA Board of Directors 

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Gabe is a retired elementary school teacher with more ideas than he can manifest.  Always involved in various community events and projects, Gabe grows food and flowers and is a coordinator of Gorge Tillicum Urban Farmers.  Gabe has been the hard-working driving force behind the new Gorge Park Community Gardens.  After being on the board for many years, Gabe was elected to the President's position on March 13, 2018.

President 

GABE EPSTEIN

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Vera has lived in the Gorge Tillicum area for over 15 years with her husband and two children. She has long been interested in community issues having worked for the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Area and served as President of the Business Improvement Areas of BC (BIABC). Vera has 20 years of marketing/communications experience and currently runs her own marketing company.

Vice President 

VERA WYNN-WILLIAMS

Chris grew up in Victoria and has lived in the Gorge neighbourhood since 2001.  Chris also serves as Chair on the Gorge Canada Day Picnic organizing committee.  Chris' degree is in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and he has been working in tax and accounting for over 20 years now.  He enjoys hiking, camping, and travel, having made it to 54 countries so far!

Treasurer

CHRIS KASK 

Scott was born and raised in the area and spent a good part of this youth somewhere along the Gorge. He and his wife and kids have lived in the neighbourhood for the past 15 years and love the area for its rich history and strong community spirit they’ve discovered here.

Secretary 

SCOTT KARPES

Phil Lancaster moved to the Gorge Tillicum area in 2001. After a varied career that included a full military career and extensive humanitarian work in Africa, he is now an avid walker and gardener. Phil has served on the Saanich Governance Review Citizens Advisory Committee and was elected to the GTCA Board on March 13, 2018.

Communications Coordinator

PHIL LANCASTER 

Originally from Scotland, Irena has been on the Board since 2016.  She has lived in the neighbourhood for 20 years, and is enjoying her retirement after 40 years as a bookkeeper and accounting technician.  Irena enjoys the neighbourhood because of the sense of community, her great neighbours, and its proximity to the Gorge where she enjoys paddling in outrigger and dragon boat canoes.  Her other hobbies include singing in a choir and flamenco dancing.

Membership Secretary 

IRENA JAZWINSKI

Russ was elected to the Board as a General Director on April 03, 2017

General Director 

RUSS GODFREY 

Edward recently moved to the Gorge with his wife Lyanne and young son Arlo.  They love the vibrancy, walkability, and community spirit of the Gorge, and look forward to raising their young family here.  Edward works in communications and non-profit fundraising.

General Director 

ED PULLMAN

Formerly an English professor, Chris and his wife Kay Stewart bought a condo in the Gorge-Tillicum area in 2000 and managed to move in 2008. Chris is a writer and has co-authored three detective novels with Kay.  He is a great believer in the role of arts in the community, and writes a regular column on local artists for the GTCA Newsletter.  He also loves dancing, music, and hiking.

General Director 

CHRIS BULLOCK 

Pam moved to the Gorge Tillicum area in 2007 after living in Victoria for 12 years. She loves the well established sense of community here and the beauty of the Gorge waterway and surrounding greenways.  She is an avid cyclist, bike commuter, and outdoor enthusiast.  Pam works in health care and research.  She joined the board in 2010 and is the current chair of the West Gorge Transportation Committee.  She is enthusiastic about living in a community that promotes a healthy and interactive living environment

General Director 

PAM LOADMAN 

Evan was elected to the Board as a General Director on March 13, 2018.

General Director 

EVAN LEESON

Elise moved to the Gorge Tillicum neighbourhood with her young family in July 2017. Originally from Quadra Island, she values community engagement and natural coastal ecosystems.  After completing her degree in Hispanic Studies and Communications at UVic in 2016, Elise began working as a community assistant to Member of Parliament Randall Garrison, whose riding includes the Gorge Tillicum area.

General Director 

ELISE COTE

Arden has lived in the Gorge Tillicum neighbourhood for nearly 30 years.  He hails originally from Thunder Bay and much enjoys the relatively moderate weather that Victoria has to offer.  He recent at the UVIC Bookstore and has held many positions in the CUPE local union there.  His interests include travel, songwriting and, sadly, the Vancouver Canucks.

General Director 

ARDEN LITTLE

Paul moved to the neighbourhood in 2009 and quickly became enamoured with it - its historic feel with so many character homes, long, lazy, tree-lined streets, proximity to the Gorge, downtown, Costco (lol) etc. When not walking his English bulldogs you'll find him puttering around in his vegetable garden or cooking up something tasty. His participation on the board will be to promote a more prolific and varied tree canopy, healthy and safe parks, and to champion the 2004 Urban Design Charette Report commissioned by the GTCA.

General Director 

PAUL SAVINKOFF

Born in England, raised in Montreal, and last resided in the Yukon, Katherine has lived in the Gorge Tillicum area since 1999 and has been involved in the GTCA since 2005.  Katherine's profession is environmental planning and her interests include building community and creating active, walkable, and bicycle-friendly neighbourhoods.  She is kept busy raising her two children, taking them hiking in summers and cross-country skiing in winters.  She is a recipient of the YM-YWCA Women of Distinction Award.

General Director 

KATHERINE BRANDT 

I moved to the Gorge area in 2017 and absolutely love the neighbourhood. I am a high school teacher and am excited to contribute to GTCA events and get involved in the community.

General Director 

LEWIS RHODES

A bit about myself: I grew up in the Gorge area, have lived in it most of my life and am currently raising two children here.  I graduated from UVic with a BA in history, focusing on BC and First Nations history.  I am happy to join the board of the GTCA because I want to be involved in the continued improvements of the Gorge neighborhood.  I think it would be cool to see the Gorge Waterway walkway expanded to go under Tillicum Bridge, to add more First Nations art to it, like a replica Songhees canoe near the new restrooms, and to add a First Nations flare to the Kosampson Park, such as a replica Long or "BIg House."  In my spare time I enjoy being outside with my family - walking, riding bikes, hiking, gardening, and camping.  I enjoy working on our older home, preserving our little place in this neighborhood.  

General Director 

JON RATHBONE

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