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Board of Directors
Robert Whiteley, Ph.D., President
Robert is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia Okanagan’s campus. His research and writing focus on educational and social policy and child welfare issues. In 2004 he and his family relocated to Kelowna leaving behind his teaching, learning, and administrative responsibilities in Central Vancouver Island.
Robert has always participated in his community serving for 17 years as a volunteer firefighter, serving on the Vancouver Island regional Co-op board of directors, as a union activist and, for over three decades, he has been intensely involved in local and provincial New Democratic Party activities.
He believes that how society provides for those least able to look after themselves defines who we are. Improving the lives of those youth and families living in poverty, suffering from abuse, neglect or marginalization, or those addicted are the people who sustain Robert’s commitment to the social justice work the Bridge performs.
Ben Wasenius, B.A., Vice President
Tina IL Marten, M.A., (PhD Candidate) Past President
Tina is very passionate about community and its social profit sector. She has volunteered extensively in the local community since the late 1990s. She has been serving on The Bridge board since 2005, currently as President. Tina also sits as a director on the provincial Board Voice society board. Her educational path began with a business degree from Sprott-Shaw-College. She then went on to earn a BA with a double major from Okanagan University College, followed by an interdisciplinary MA from the University of British Columbia Okanagan. She is currently working on her PhD.
Tina's award-winning academic achievements include a Pacific Century Scholarship and a nomination by the University of British Columbia to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. She has presented her work at local, national and international conferences, and co-authored several journal articles. Tina has lived with her family in the Okanagan since the mid 1980's.
Brit Vigg, C.A., Treasurer
Britt Vig is a Senior Manager at BDO Canada LLP with over fourteen years’ experience providing accounting, advisory, taxation and assurance services to many organizations and has specific training and experience with local NPO organizations, private enterprises, and local government entities and their different financial reporting requirements. Britt leads the high level discussions on accounting issues, as well as leads her team to ensure quality service is provided.
Over the past 10 years, Britt has been active in many not-for-profit organizations. She joined The Bridge Youth & Family Services in 2013 as Treasurer for the organization. She previously sat on both the Kelowna Women in Business board and the JCI Okanagan board.
Justina LeeStoltz, Director
Raised in cities throughout the Okanagan, Justina holds a true appreciation for the beauty of the valley and the unique opportunities and advantages available in the various Okanagan communities. An avid traveler and explorer, she always looks forward to returning home to her Okanagan oasis because after a globetrotting adventure, nothing makes her appreciate home more than the friendly people, breathtaking scenery, and cornucopia of agriculture available in the valley. This awareness promotes her passion to advocate for the protection of the natural environments that make the world, and the Okanagan specifically, such an incredible place to live. Having grown up with a social worker father and a business minded mother, Justina feels that she has been gifted a holistic view of the world that helps her to communicate and connect with others in a positive and productive way. Her desire to give other children and families the same healthy environment has lead her to join The Bridge Board to help make decisions about programs that provide families with positive growth opportunities.
Robert Levin, L.L.B., Director
Robert Levin is a personal injury and commercial litigation lawyer with Robert O. Levin Law Office. Bob is very active in his professional community. He is currently the Yale County representative to the Canadian Bar Association, B.C. branch, where he stays up to date with current legal professional issues, occasionally lobbies local MLA’s, and participates as a volunteer lawyer at the annual Pro Bono Clinic in Kelowna.
Bob believes in the importance of giving back to the community. Bob is a past president and Board member for The Bridge Youth and Family Services Society. Bob has been a Board member of The Bridge since 1984. He is a member and past president of the Okanagan Jewish Community Association, and supervised the construction of the OJCA’s current home building in Kelowna in 1992. He has also served on the Sunshine Theater Board and School District #23 Racism Free Committee.
Bob’s fitness passion is Karate. He is an instructor at the City of Kelowna Parkinson Recreation Centre for youth advanced karate.