Board Members

Jayne Postuk


Jayne Postuk is the Chair of the Board of South Island Centre. Jayne is a lawyer and business person with a special interest in organizational systems that promote community and collaboration. She believes that personal mental health is a cornerstone of strong communities and that South Island Centre is an integral part of the system that provides that service. Jayne is also a musician, has developed curriculum for, and taught law, in Uganda and her previous not-for-profit board work has been in the areas of arts and education.

David Metcalfe

Treasurer / Secretary

Dave grew up in Greater Victoria and obtained a BA from UVIC in 1975 in psychology and history.  After this he became an accredited real estate appraiser and worked 13 years with Canada Mortgage and Housing as a staff appraiser.  Following this Dave worked as an analyst with BC Buildings Corporation and then managed the pricing department which was responsible for setting market rental rates for provincial government facilities across the province; economic analysis, cost-benefit studies and involvement with project teams.  Since 2006 Dave has been involved in the private sector as a contractor doing lease negotiations for right of ways and telecom facilities.

Dave’s awareness of SICCT began in the early 1980’s when a friend received life changing counselling from Bob Vaughn, the society’s founder.  Dave served two terms on the Board of Directors from 1994 to 2000.  SICCT continues to fill a vital role in support of community mental health and no person in need is turned away.

Dave is an active member of Friendship Community Church.  He is involved as a volunteer in support of organized sports groups and most days find him cycling or playing tennis or pickleball. 

Brenda Mercer

Vice Chair

Born and raised on Coast Salish Land, a sports enthusiast through early life, Brenda embarked on a broadcasting career after completing a Business Administration diploma. On air in Canada, the UK and Europe, this career transformed into concert tour management. In between tours, she performed stand up comedy while attending university. After finishing an undergraduate degree in Cultural Anthropology, Brenda taught in Asia and the Middle East before completing an MED in Leadership from UVIC. A lifelong learner, Brenda has decades of volunteer work and trained as a lay counsellor. Having lived in many cultures, she sees the importance of South Island Centre for Counselling because of the wonderful service it provides to the community in allowing people to be heard.

Joanne Taylor

Director at Large

Joanne was the former Executive Director and Registrar of Appeals of the Alberta Environmental Appeals Board. Prior to that she served in a number of public service positions with the Alberta Government such as Manager - Special Projects; appointed Secretary to the Law Enforcement Review Board and worked with other Departments such as Social Services and Health. She was the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton for a number of years and has also been on the Board of Directors with other non-profit agencies such as the Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre and Alberta Easter Seals. Ms. Taylor also served for two terms as a Councillor with the Kananaskis Improvement District. Ms. Taylor was a member of the Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals and the Arbitration and Mediation Society of Alberta. Since leaving the public service, Ms. Taylor has formed a public consultation/government relations consulting service providing services to private sector companies particularly in the energy and natural resources area. She continues to provide and be involved in community efforts such as the Bragg Creek Cenotaph Committee, Bragg Creek Relief Fund, etc. She has sat as an adjudicator/decision maker on several government Boards and Agencies. She has always been with organizations that strive to achieve the greater good for society.

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South Island Centre is a Registered Canadian Charity


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