The Trust is administered by the Victoria Foundation under the guidance of a nine person Advisory Committee appointed by the Adoptions Council of Canada. The Committee includes a broad range of community perspectives on adoption and permanency. The Director of Adoption at the Ministry of Child and Family Development is a permanent member of the Committee. The members meet quarterly, including twice a year to review grant applications.
Current Committee Members:
Dana Brynelsen was a Provincial Advisor for the Infant Development Program of BC for many years and is now retired. A published author, Dana has been a member of many boards of provincial and national organizations, and has won numerous awards for her work. Dana is an adoptive parent and has been involved in a range of adoption-related activities.
David Cameron (Chair) is an adoptee himself, and he and his wife have adopted two children internationally and are very active in the local adoption community. A successful reunion with his birth mother and her extended family, coupled with his direct experience, allows for a personal and unique perspective into the many issues in the adoption triangle. David is a Portfolio Manager and co-founder of Cameron Woods Portfolio Management.
Preston Guno is from the Nisga’a Nation of the Eagle Clan and has worked with and for youth for over 12 years. He has worked as a Prison Corrections Officer, a transition worker for youth in the Downtown Eastside and as a Child and Youth Advocate at the Provincial Office for Children and Youth, and currently works as the Provincial Director, Indigenous Cancer Care at the BC Cancer Agency. In his various roles, Preston has consistently advocated for systemic change in the ways that government, schools, and the criminal justice system deal with young people –particularly Aboriginal youth.
Geord Holland (past-chair) manages his own law practice, Geord Holland Law. He has had extensive experience as counsel in adoptions, and was consulted in the BC government’s overhaul of the Adoption Act in 1996. As adoptive parents of four children, Geord and his wife have been involved in the adoption community for many years and are intimately familiar with adoption issues.
Catherine Pope is an award-winning senior journalist who spent 20 years at Global News Vancouver. Many of her stories and investigative reports reflected her passion for making a difference in the lives of children, including her highly acclaimed series on Teen Adoption. Catherine has been a volunteer with the Adoptive Families Association for many years. She is a single parent of an adopted child.