Meet the Committee
Michele Davis/ Event Chair 2017 & YES Board Member
Michele Davis has been a supporter of the Youth Empowerment for several years now as a Board Member and advocate for the organization. Through a personal experience, she is familiar with the struggles that families are faced with when their teenager becomes an At-Risk Youth and understands the importance of all the specialized programs offered through YES. There was no hesitation in stepping in for Helen Hughes as Chair of the next Souper Bowls of Hope as this iconic event offers the opportunity to not only raise money but raise awareness about Victoria’s Street Entrenched, Homeless and Youth at Risk and how we, as a community, can provide the tools these kids need to successful transition into a healthy adult lifestyle. Michele also supports 100 Women Victoria, HeroWork, Golf for Kids & Mustard Seed and works in the Tourism industry as “That Girl in Victoria”
Niki Campbell/ Website Design
Niki Campbell, among other titles, is a web designer with a passion for community & empowering others to succeed and is thrilled to be contributing her skills to with Souper Bowls of Hope event Website.
Renée Depocas/ Graphic Design
Renée Depocas is a talented graphic designer and illustrator based in Victoria. She is glad to pitch in and support Souper Bowls of Hope and Youth Empowerment Society for all the wonderful work they do for our community.
Lisa Roughley/ Social Media & Marketing
With 20+ years in the PR and marketing sectors, Lisa Roughley and the Roughley Speaking Communications team work with such notable local businesses as Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour and DFH Real Estate. Lisa has lived and worked on three continents, in nine markets and not only calls Victoria home but her favourite place she’s ever lived!
Allison Fowler/ Raffle Coordinator & Sponsorship
Allison Fowler moved to Victoria with her husband Blane and two daughters in 2007. Allison had taught in Calgary for fifteen years prior to moving. Allison has been involved in many successful fundraising events in Victoria. She volunteers extensively at her daughters school and has just completed the building of their family home in Oak Bay.
Marnie Hare/ Volunteer Co-ordinator & Bowls Liaison
Not one to want a lot of attention but loves to help out in the community where the need is. Marnie is a Occasional teacher at St. Micheals University school who loves the joy that the children bring to life and new discoveries. She is a mother of two teenagers who show her new ways to look at the world everyday. Youth Empowerment Society has grabbed her attention because she wants all teenagers and youth to find a safe and welcoming environment, a place where they can feel free to be who they are and learn to live a healthy and safe life. As there mission statement says ” YES is to create an atmosphere where people feel safe, supported and respected, while being given the opportunity to fulfill their own goals”. Marnie extends a huge thank you to all of you who support YES by attending the Souper Bowls for Hope. You too are helping make a difference in the youth of Victoria’s lives as well as their families lives.
Kai Whalley/ Volunteer Co-ordinator & Bowls Liaison
Wendy Berke/ Live Auction
Originally from New York State, Wendy met and married her husband of 33 years Frank Berke in 1984. Wendy moved to Albert where she and Frank had a chain of retail stores. In 2002, they sold their stores and moved to the Bahamas where they were the General Mangers of Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort, a boutique resort owned by the Oak Bay Marine Group. After her tenure in the Bahamas Wendy decided to return to University where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. After nursing at VGH, Wendy joined her husband Frank and partner Brad Neufeld at Victoria Home Sales and currently sells for Westhills Land Corp and DFH Real Estate.
Colleen Stevens / Sponsorship
Colleen is passionate about being involved as a volunteer in her new community that she now calls home. She relocated from Saskatoon 2.5 years ago and continues her support of women’s issues and children’s causes and animal protection. She is proud and honored to be on the committee of Souper Bowls of Hope and believes strongly in the programs offered at Victoria Youth Empowerment Society.
Colleen is a certified yoga and Pilates instructor and balances her career in the Insurance Industry by embracing a healthy lifestyle and staying actively involved in her community.
“The Best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others” – Mahatma Gandhi
Tessa Lloyd/ Event Photographer & YES Board Member
Tessa Lloyd is a Registered Clinical Counsellor, photographer, and writer who is a mother of four and Nana to six grandchildren! She is passionate about families and youth and has been a board member at YES since 2015.
Helen McAllister/ General Committee & YES Board Member
Served on numerous Boards and Committees in Victoria.
Long time volunteer, coordinator/supervisor with many community groups. Efforts focussed on awareness and fundraising for non- profits.
Dedicated member of the Board, for the Victoria Youth Empowerment Society.
Many years on the committee of the annual “Super Bowls of Hope” campaign. Served in various capacities including fund raising/sponsorship and Silent Auction items for event.
Wendy Graham/ General Committee & YES Board Member
Helen Hughes was my inspiration to become involved with the Youth Empowerment Society. Helen inspires us all to do better, and the success of the Souper Bowls event to raise funds for youth at risk keeps me coming back year after year. Wendy is the owner of Sunday’s Snowflakes at Mattick Farms.