´╗┐Our Team

How We Work

  • We foster and model principles, processes and practices of community development, emphasizing the value of listening, learning, respect and active engagement;
  • We honour the strengths and experiences of each community, while offering support for capacity building;
  • We promote inclusion of a broad range of people and perspectives;
  • We take a big picture, whole systems approach, identifying roots of issues and looking for ways to leverage change; and
  • We support connections, collaboration and human development at multiple levels: individuals, organizations, sectors and communities.

Who We Are 

Jodi Mucha

Executive Director

Jodi has a Masters in Environment and Management, over 15 years of community development experience working both at the local and international level.  She also has a strong background in community-based research, social capital, public policy and integral  evaluation.  She provides expertise in multi-sectoral collaboration and partnerships, systems thinking, the healthy communities approach and practical approaches to understanding the links between the determinants of health.

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Claudia de Haan

Special Projects Coordinator

Claudia has been working in the field of sustainable (community) development for several years now. She was involved in various sustainable tourism projects in Europe before she moved to Canada. Claudia has a Bachelor of Business Administration and has extensive experience in event management and  coordination, project  and financial management. Through her work and travel experiences in Europe, North America and North Africa she has gained a deep understanding of the importance of communities for creating healthier cities and building resilience.

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Jennifer Nichols

Communications Specialist

Jennifer manages communications for BCHC. She has worked with with several municipal, First Nation and Provincial governments on sustainability initiatives. She has extensive experience collaborating with urban and rural planners on engaging local governments around building complete compact communities and facilitating development. 

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Gagan Leekha

Community Liaison

Gagan's role is to support communities that are accessing BCHC's capacity building grants and to help tell the stories of the transformative and innovative work that is happening across the province. She has over 15 years of community development experience, and is a natural collaborator and connector. Gagan values inclusion, community-building, and working across differences to create lasting, systemic change. 

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Victoria Barr

Program Manager

Victoria brings expertise and passion as a research planner, specializing in the connections between community planning, health and well-being. Her work in this area has involved leadership, project management, and partnership development in community health, and developing and implementing public policy in community, school, and local government settings. 

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Celeste Zimmer

Events & Logistics Coordinator
Celeste Zimmer has been working in the field of community development for the past 11 years. Primarily working to inspire youth through health and environmental education, she is an enthusiastic educator who thrives on empowering others to become more health conscience and environmentally aware. 
 
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Mikiko Mori

Finance and Operations Coordinator

Mikiko supports the BCHC team with her expertise in finance and administration. As a graduate of Camosun College’s Bachelor of Business Administration Mikiko brings a detailed eye to balancing accounts. She appreciates the value of BCHC’s mission professionally and personally having been born and raised in Shimamoto, a small healthy community in Japan. When she is not crunching the numbers, she enjoys reading and walking. 

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Tahia Ahmed

CVYC Coordinator

Tahia is the Coordinator of the City of Victoria Youth Council (CVYC) and, in her role, she provides support and builds capacity for young people to engage with the City of Victoria and the issues they are passionate about.  

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Sarah Ravlic

Program Coordinator

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