´╗┐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 

Meet BC's healthy-community experts.

We are a diverse team of dedicated, passionate community builders. We care about community health and well-being. We go the extra mile to support building heathier, resilient, sustainable communites.
Our team compliment of planners, public health professionals and community practitioners bring the most effective practice-based evidence and evidence-based practice to inform our work.  We utlize a wide variety of tools and facilitated processed for maximum impact.   

We proudly introduce you to the members of our team:

Jodi Mucha, BSc, MA

Executive Director

Jodi has a Masters in Environment and Management, over 20 years of community development experience working both at the local and international level.  She also has a strong background in  engagement and leadership, community change and practice-based research.  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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Victoria Barr, MHSc, PhD (Planning)

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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Claudia de Haan-Hewett, BA

Operations Specialist

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 Butcher, BSc, MPH

Community Facilitator

Jennifer brings several years of experience as a learning facilitator and sustainability coach for population health promotion initiatives
to her role. She believes in supporting communities to grow and thrive through upstream approaches, cross-sector collaboration,
and asset-based strategies.

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Celeste Zimmer, BSc

Community Engagement 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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Diana Gresku, BArts Sc (Hons), MPH

Research and Impact Specialist

Diana has broad experience developing and implementing health projects that address root causes of health disparities in diverse communities. She is passionate about understanding health inequalities and is committed to addressing health issues within her local and global communities.

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Sandy Mackay, BA, MPlan

Healthy Community Planner

Sandy is a committed community planner who believes that planning is a powerful tool for equitable and socially motivated growth. He is passionate about public discourse and encourages self-reflective planning practices and progressive policy-making.

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Sarah Ravlic, BA, MPlan

Program Coordinator

Sarah is a sustainability minded community planner, who believes that through innovative and authentic community engagement we can better express our deep connection to place and desires for a sustainable and healthy future. She is passionate about the need for high-quality public spaces in our communities, seeing them as integral to the social life and feelings of inclusion.

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Tahia Ahmed, BA

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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