Helen is a military spouse and mother of two, who works in Civilian Human Resources for DND. She returns to the board after spending time away from her volunteer commitments to focus on family priorities and her own career transition. She has non-profit experiences volunteering with sports association executive committees and with elementary and middle school Parent Advisory Councils. Helen has over 13 years of previous experience on the MFRC board, serving in various capacities, on different committees and in several executive roles as Treasurer, Vice Chair, Chairperson and Past Chair. She brings to the board, experiential knowledge in the areas of non-profit governance, leadership, strategic planning, policy and procedures, assessment, performance management, learning and communities of practice. Helen believes in the importance of understanding the unique lifestyle challenges facing our military family community from a local and national perspective. This knowledge along with strategic vision, good governance and strong leadership of the MFRC board, assists in guiding the organization to best address the trending issues for our families.
Samantha is a Central Development Officer with the University of Victoria. She has been working in the fundraising and communications sector since completing the Public Relations program at the University of Victoria nine years ago. She previously spent ten years in the Canadian Navy as a Naval Combat Information Operator serving on the HMCS Vancouver and HMCS Protecteur. Samantha has lived in Victoria for 18 years and enjoys contributing her skills to local charitable causes in event planning, communications and building community relationships. Samantha and her husband (an AESOP Warrant Officer with 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron) enjoy spending time outdoors on the Saanich Peninsula with their very active toddler.
Born in Gander, Newfoundland, LCdr Thomas grew up in Ottawa. A graduate of the Royal Military College in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts in Commerce, he spent close to 33 years in the Navy including 21 in the regular forces and 12 in the reserves. Glen was the Commanding Officer and Admin Officer at Can Flt Pac HQ Esquimalt but is now retired from the Canadian Forces. The father of Matthew and William, Glen currently lives in Saanich. Glen has an interest in badminton, tennis, cycling and hiking.
Kathy is a Public Health Nurse and recent graduate of Royal Roads University with a Master of Arts in Leadership. Kathy is passionate about community development and promoting health equity. This is Kathy's first time volunteering for the MFRC although she has been a part of the military community for over 20 years. Kathy and her husband Dean (currently serving aboard HMCS Vancouver) have been fortunate to be posted on Vancouver Island where they enjoy camping, fishing and being outdoors year round.
Carl is a mortgage broker with Rochar Financial Inc, a Dominion Lending Centre Franchise. He is a member of the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce (GVCC), the Mortgage Broker of British Columbia Association (MBABC) and the Canadian Association of Accredited Mortgage Professionals (CAAMP). Carl has enjoyed a long career with the Canadian military. In addition to his military qualifications and experience, he holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Royal Roads University, a Diploma in Real Property Appraisal and Assessment from St-Francis Xavier University and a Diploma in Real Estate Trading Services from the University of British Columbia. Carl has lived in Victoria for over 33 years and is very much involved in his community. Carl is married to Debbie Field and together they enjoy the company of six grown children. Carl is bilingual, speaking both French and English. His hobbies are home renovations, hockey refereeing and playing music.
Marie is employed as the Executive Assistant to the Base Logistics Officer at CFB Esquimalt, and she has been in this roll for the past 5 years. She is an active member on the branch's Entertainment Committee and her key interests are communications, advertising, and events. She also is an active member for her branch’s Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign (GCWCC), which takes place from September to December annually. Her key functions are planning, organizing, coordinating and executing branch events. She also serves as the treasurer. Currently, Marie is attending Royal Roads University where she is completing a Bachelor of Commerce Degree. Marie’s goal is to be an Event Manager for large scale events such as gala’s, soirées, or fundraisers. Her personal hobbies include wakeboarding, snowboarding, and her Jack Russell Terrier.
Michael Morrison has spent most of the past ten years working for the Canadian Navy and the Department of National Defence in Victoria, British Columbia where he lives with his wife and their two children. He is currently employed as the Chief of Staff at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt. He also works as a consultant including work for the Royal Roads University Faculty of Management as an advisor for MBA students on their final comprehensive project. He is also a participant in the mentoring program for MBA students at the University of Victoria. Michael is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) with proficiency in accounting, management and strategy. He also holds an MBA from Royal Roads University, an executive certificate in Strategic Leadership from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia and a Professional Logistician (P.Log) designation from the Logistics Institute.
Thandi has been a member of the Naval Reserve for 16 years and is a graduate of Royal Roads University’s Bachelor of Commerce and Entrepreneurial Management program. She is dedicated to serving her community and volunteers with a number of local agencies lending her communications, accounting, and fundraising prowess to worthy causes. This is her first time volunteering with the MFRC. A former Torontonian, Thandi moved to Victoria in 2001 where she lives with her husband; a Maritime Surface Officer (currently serving aboard HMCS WINNIPEG) and their young son. She is accutely aware of the rigors of military life and is eager to help the MFRC as it supports military families.
Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Helston, a native of Niagara Falls, Ontario, enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces in January 1981 as an Electronic Warfare Operator (EW). He was remustered to NESOP in 1985 as part of the Navy's MORPs project. Following Basic Training in CFRS Cornwallis and trade training in Halifax he was posted to Esquimalt B.C. From 1981 to 1990 were he served aboard HMCS Ships RESTIGOUCHE twice, SASKATCHEWAN and MACKENZIE. In 1989 he was promoted to PO2 and from 1990-1992 he served in Fleet School Esquimalt before being posted to HMCS ANNAPOLIS. While aboard HMCS ANNAPOLIS he successfully completed his Above Water Warfare Course and was promoted to PO1 in 1993 and was subsequently posted to HMCS CALGARY as part of the commissioning crew. He was promoted to CPO2 in 1996 and was posted to MARPACHQ as Staff Officer Electronic Warfare. In 1998 he was posted back to sea in Fleet Operations then to Sea Training in 1999. In 2000 he was promoted to his current rank and posted to Athena as the Unit CPO. He was invested as a Member of the Order of Military Merit in the fall of 2001. He was appointed the Coxswain of HMCS PROTECTEUR in December 2001 where he completed a deployment to Operation APOLLO, Canada's commitment to the War on Terror. He was subsequently posted to Sea Training as Coxswain in the fall of 2003. He was selected for his first senior appointment as Canadian Fleet Pacific Fleet Chief in March 2007 until June 2010. On completion of second language training he assumed his current post as Maritime Forces Pacific and Joint Task Force Pacific Chief Petty Officer 28 June 2011. He is married and lives with his wife and their five children in Victoria, British Columbia.
CPO1 Shawn Taylor enrolled in the Canadian Forces as a Radioman Sea (251) on 11 May 1981. Upon completion of basic Radio communications training at Canadian Forces Fleet School (CFFS) Esquimalt in April 1982, he was posted to HMCS PROVIDER. Between 1982 and 1994 CPO1 Taylor was posted to CFS Aldergrove twice and served in HMC Ships TERRA NOVA and RESTIGOUCHE. CPO1 Taylor was promoted to PO1 on completion his SLC in June 1991 and was subsequently posted to HMCS PROVIDER as the Petty Officer Telegraphy (POTEL). Posted to the language school in 1994, he was promoted to CPO2 and sent to CFS Aldergrove prior to completing his year long French course. From 1994 to 1999 he was posted to CFS Mill Cove, year long French course in Shearwater NS, Joint Headquarters Kingston Ontario and in 1999 was posted back to the West coast to HMCS HURON as the Combat Department CPO. In 2000 he took over as the Training Company Sergeant Major, Basic Recruit Training Centre, Workpoint Barracks CFB Esquimalt. He was promoted to the rank of CPO1 in May 2003 and posted to CFFS Esquimalt as the Communications Training Officer. In 2004 he was posted to NDHQ Ottawa as the Career Managers for the NAVAL COMMUNICATIONS occupation. Selected to a Coxswain position, he was posted to HMCS ALGONQUIN in May 2005 and held the post for 28 months. In August 2007 he was posted to the Junior Leadership School CFFS Esquimalt as the Junior Leadership Officer. Posted once again in December 2008, he joined Sea Training Pacific as the Coxswain and held that post until July 2010 when he moved to a Key position as the Staff Officer Personnel at Maritime Forces Pacific Headquarters. This position was changed to the UCPO, Personnel Coordination Centre Esquimalt. CPO1 Taylor was selected for Senior Appointments and posted to the position of CFB Esquimalt Base Chief Petty Officer in April 2012. CPO1 Taylor’s hobbies and interests include coaching rugby and collecting and painting military miniatures.
Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Michel Vigneault was born and raised in the Magdalen Islands, Quebec and joined the Navy in June 1984 as a Naval Signalman. In July 1985, he joined his first ship, HMCS Huron. Subsequently, CPO1 Vigneault served in HMC Ships Protecteur, Algonquin, Gatineau, Fredericton, Nipigon, Montréal, St Johns as Senior Naval Communicator, and Chief Nav Comm with Sea Training Atlantic from 2007 to 2009. CPO1 Vigneault also served in various shore establishments such as HMCS Donnacona Montreal, NS Cadet Detachment, Royal Military College in Kingston, and CMS in Ottawa. Promoted to his current rank in 2009, CPO1 Vigneault was posted back to Ottawa as the career manager for the Nav Comm occupation. In 2010 he returned to RMC Kingston for a year of studies as part of the Knowledge Acquisition Programme, on completion of which, he was appointed Coxswain of HMCS Montréal in June 2011. CPO1 Vigneault was appointed Pacific Fleet CPO in July 2013. He resides in Sidney, BC with his spouse, and enjoys camping, boating and golfing.