Meet the Committee

Michele Davis, Chair 2017 Souper Bowls of Hope

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.

Niki’s is currently partnered in her business Brand Brilliant, delivering DIY website workshops teaching you create your own  site (like a pro) and gain the knowledge to easily edit and maintain it once it is built. Being in control of your online presence is empowering. Learn more about Brand Brilliant.
Niki Campbell, Website Design
Renee Depocas

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!


Lisa Roughley
Allison Fowler

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.

Marnie Hare 2017
Kai Whalley

Kai Whalley/ Registration & Payments

When first introduced to the Youth Empowerment Society (YES), Kai immediately loved the name.  Empowerment:  acceptance, support, growth, confidence and faith all rolled into one!  How exciting is that?  It was something she felt she could get behind with all her heart.  YES meant it was possible to transition at-risk youth and their families to a better and healthier life.  YES has the track record to support all the amazing work they do.  YES is a community of people who inspire hope in all of us.
About ten years ago, Kai and her husband decided to return to Victoria, a place where her husband spent many years growing up.   They left behind their individual careers in Toronto and recently, Kai chose to leave the front offices of Corporate Canada in pursuit of a more balanced lifestyle.  She is not a stranger to volunteerism and is pleased to be part of the incredible Souper Bowl of Hope fundraising committee.

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.

Wendy Graham
Wendy Graham

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.

Tessa Lloyd
Helen McAllister

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.

Retired Registered Nurse and Midwife.

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.

Wendy Graham
Helen McAllister

Julia Diamond/ General Committee and YES Board Member 

 Julia Diamond is a public servant with the Province and originally become involved with YES to broaden her network and gain an appreciation for the amazing, selfless work that our not-for-profit sector – the staff and volunteers like the Souper Bowls committee – does for those most in need in Victoria. Julia has lived all across Canada and moved to Victoria for university in 2010. As a soon-to-be mom, she is honoured to give back to an agency that provides critical services for youth, their families and the broader community.

Tiffany Armstrong / Silent Auction Coordinator

A native of Vancouver, Tiffany relocated to Victoria, with son William, in 2014 and joined the team at The Union Club of British Columbia in the beginning of 2015 as the Front Office Manager and was promoted to Sales and Marketing Manager shortly thereafter. Tiffany has since been an active member in the community volunteering with organizations like VGSN, Mustard Seed, The Chamber of Commerce as an Ambassador to name a few and in her free time enjoys spending time with her seven-year-old son William.

Wendy Graham

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