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/Burnside/Whittier/Harriet to the east. 

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

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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. 

2021/2022 GTCA Board of Directors 

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President 

VERA WYNN-WILLIAMS

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). She has been the editor/designer of the GTCA Newsletter for the past five years. Vera has 20 years of marketing/communications experience and currently runs her own marketing company.

Vice President 

PHIL LANCASTER 

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 currently chairs the GTCA Mobility and Transportation Working Group. Phil was first elected to the GTCA Board in 2018.

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Communications Coordinator, Past President 

GABE EPSTEIN

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 was a coordinator of Gorge Tillicum Urban Farmers.  Gabe has been the hard-working driving force behind the new Gorge Park Community Gardens.  After serving on the board for many years, Gabe was elected to the President's position in 2018 and served for three years. 

Treasurer

CHRIS KASK 

Chris grew up in Victoria and has lived in the Gorge Tillicum neighbourhood since 2001.  Chris also serves as Chair on the Gorge Canada Day Picnic organizing committee.  Chris completed his degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting at Simon Fraser University and has been working in tax and accounting for over 28 years now.  He enjoys hiking, camping, and travel, having made it to 52 countries and a few territories so far!

Membership Coordinator

SCOTT KARPES

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 the strong community spirit they’ve discovered here.

Secretary

PAM LOADMAN 

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 and outdoor adventurer and is enthusiastic about living in a community that promotes a healthy and sustainable living environment. Pam joined the board in 2010 and has participated in promotion of safe mobility through the community and is a participant of the current Natural Areas Working Group.

General Director 

MAURICIO CURBELO

Mauricio moved to the Gorge Tillicum neighbourhood in 2020 after he and his partner Lauren fell in love with an 1895 heritage home near Rudd Park. Born in Uruguay, he grew up in rental apartments in Toronto's suburbs, earned a civil engineering degree at the University of Toronto, and lived in Vancouver for three years before settling in Victoria in 2018. He participates in the GTCA's Mobility and Buildings working groups. Mauricio is an advocate for a more walkable, bikeable, and amenity-rich neighbourhood with greater diversity of housing options. 

General Director 

MICHELE SEALEY 

 Michele was born in Victoria, and is a life-long Saanich and Peninsula resident, except for a 3 year stint living and teaching in the Lower Mainland. She and her youngest child have lived in the Gorge-Tillicum area for approximately 5 years. Michele writes for a living and for pleasure, and is involved in a number of community and municipal organisations.

General Director 

ED PULLMAN

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 

PAUL SAVINKOFF

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 created by the GTCA.

General Director 

ARDEN LITTLE

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.  Arden is currently Chair of the GTCA Culture and Celebration Working Group.  His interests include travel, songwriting and, sadly, the Vancouver Canucks.

General Director 

CHRIS BULLOCK 

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 

KATHERINE BRANDT 

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 

LARRY SCOTT

Larry was elected to the Board as a General Director on Oct. 15, 2020.

General Director 

ERICA McCOLLUM

Erica is a recent resident of the Gorge Tillicum neighbourhood, having moved here in 2018 with her family. She has quickly grown to love the area, with its sense of community, the Gorge and  Cuthbert Holmes Park within walking distance, and access to the Galloping Goose.  Erica has a Masters in community development and a PhD in Sociology. She is currently at home with her two young children, with whom she can often be found walking or biking around the neighbourhood.  

General Director 

MEGHAN MERGAERT

With her young family, Meghan moved to the Gorge Tillicum neighbourhood in 2018. She loves that her family can walk their canoe down to the Gorge waterway for a paddle, ride the forest trails or admire the many gardens in the neighbourhood.  Meghan has over 15 years experience in non-profit management specifically with immigrant and refugee communities in Victoria, BC and holds a Masters degree in Community Development.  

General Director 

REB STEVENSTON

Born and raised on the island, Reb moved to Ottawa in pursuit of a journalism degree and worked for several of Canada’s largest newspapers as a writer, photographer and travel columnist before starting her own online music video series for kids with her partner.  In 2019, they moved to the Gorge with their young daughter. Reb has traipsed all over England, walking its enchanting footpaths and visiting historic towns. Taking inspiration from her travels, she dreams of a complete village hub in the Gorge and is a passionate advocate of walkability. 

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