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Glenn Barned is a Professional Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) Consultant with RGB Enterprises. With over 30 years of experience in OH&S, Glenn has worked with both public and private sectors, achieving their OH&S goals. Glenn is a Certified Human Resource Professional (CHRP), a Certified Health & Safety Consultant (CHSC), a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP), and a Certified Ergonomic Specialist (CES).
Glenn is the Past Chair of the Pacific Rim Chapter, and Past Regional Vice President of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), and sits on the BC NAOSH Steering Committee. Glenn currently sits on the Vancouver Island Advisory Council for the Human Resources Management Association (HRMA), as well as holding other volunteer positions in the fields of OH&S, Human Resources and Emergency Management.
Glenn’s current role with HeroWork is to provide assistance in the area of developing a comprehensive Safety Program and provide safety services to the various projects.
Shortly after moving to Greater Victoria from Alberta in the summer of 2014, I was seeking ways to get to know the community. Someone told me about a group named HeroWork that was doing phenomenal work, and that they may be able to make use of my construction and engineering background.
I showed up one sunny Saturday morning in September at the Threshold Housing Society project, sporting my best impression of a carpenter’s helper rather than a desk-dwelling engineer. I have difficulty expressing just how impressive of a scene met me at the corner of Oak Bay and Davie, where Hero Work was transforming a dilapidated four unit townhouse into a home in which to cradle, support and inspire at-risk youth. A clean, organized site was crowned by cheery people of all walks of life, buzzing about and preparing for the day. As the work progressed with intense yet amicable folly, I saw a community- contractors, musicians, hardware stores, photographers, restaurants- uniting around a cause and creating something so much greater than the beautiful and high quality building that resulted.
Needless to say, I'm a believer in the phenomenal value that HeroWork brings to a charity in need, and in the vision that HeroWork has to implement this model elsewhere. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute in any way I can.
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Bruce is the principal of Fraser Plumbing & Heating Ltd., established in 2010. Fraser Plumbing offers plumbing, gas and heating services, renovations and new construction for residential and commercial properties. He does it all. Bruce is generally a one-man-show but can sometimes talk a son or two to pitch in.
Bruce has been a supporter of the Centre since 2001, when his wife Michele took the counselor training program. Whether it’s being “voluntold” to help with the plumbing around the aging building or pitching in at Tip a Fool, the Centre’s annual fundraiser, as an assistant waiter, a traveling minstrel, a spare guest, and/or the sound man, Bruce has always been happy to do what he can to help keep Citizens’ door open and toilets flushing.
Bruce really enjoyed being a part of this amazing project.
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Ever since I was a teen, I have been volunteering and giving back to the community. There is something magical that happens when people come together with positive purpose and intent to enrich the lives of others. My first encounter with HeroWork during the Threshold Housing renovation, was no exception. From my first day on the site, I was hooked! Now, I help to support HeroWork as a member of the Funds Development Committee, and by providing strategic business advice as the society grows and evolves. This is the most wonderful, supportive team of people that I have ever worked with, and I am honoured to be a part of it. Witnessing the joy and heartfelt gratitude bestowed by renovation recipients after weeks of hard work is a very moving moment indeed, and lingers long after the keys are handed over.
I came to Victoria, BC in 2007 from Ottawa, Ontario and have never looked back. I am a fiercely proud mom, loving sister, aunt, and partner, and by day I work as an Organization Development Consultant. I am also a Certified Management Consultant and have worked over the years in psychology research, information technology, project management, facilitation and coaching, and business consulting. When I’m not hanging out with the HeroWork team, I enjoy many outdoor activities, artistic pursuits, music, reading and travel.
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I am a recent addition to Victoria's thriving design community, and I am thrilled to be a part of designing Citizens' Counselling Centre. In my experience, I have felt deeply connected to projects which focus on wellness, West Coast living, and community involvement. Thanks to HeroWork for allowing me to merge all three in one project, it has - and continues to be - extremely fulfilling work for an excellent cause.
Naomi Dankwerth is an Interior Design Professional and the Principle Designer of Found Interior Designs, located in Victoria, BC.
With a background in counseling and life coaching, Naomi has developed a strong sense of awareness and attention to detail. This lends to her philosophy on all interiors; a thoughtful, well-integrated design translates into a positive and often times transformative life experience, enhancing the clients sense of well-being, quality of life and relationship with their environment.
This attentive philosophy carries into Naomi’s gift as an Interior Designer, paired with her artistic flair and years as an entrepreneur, she has a unique, creative perspective dedicated to enhancing functionality and quality of life through considerate, aesthetically developed design.
There is nothing more satisfying to Naomi then creating beautiful, harmonic living spaces that embody the home her clients have always dreamed of.
Naomi invites you to connect with her to bring your concepts to creation.
I am a home stager with my own company The Stage Coach. I worked on the Herowork project last year as a volunteer member. I love to give back to my community whenever possible especially if I can use some of my design talents.
I've been working as a home stager in Victoria since 2009. Shortly after moving from Toronto, I realized how wonderful Victoria is, and mostly because of the community work and support that local businesses provide to those in need on so many levels. Getting involved in Herowork project also gives me a feeling of global connectivity because I know that like minded people and organizations in Ukraine, where I am from, are also helping communities in need.
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Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Megan moved to Victoria in 2011 and has been enjoying life on the island ever since. She received her diploma of interior design in 2013 from Pacific Design Academy.
Megan works at Harbour City Kitchens as a Designer and Salesperson and in her spare time enjoys spending time with her friends and her cats.
This is the first Heroworks project that Megan has worked on, and she is very excited to be part of the team!
Narissa is a task master and a people person. As an office administrator for Cushman & Wakefield in Victoria BC, Narissa is known to be dependable while going above and beyond to meet the needs of her clients and team. She has a unique talent to anticipate the needs of her business partners, she has a natural tendency to ensure things run smoothly while focusing on the details.
Always up to the task, Narissa is responsible for a host of administrative responsibilities including scheduling, invoicing, greeting customers, organizing events, travel and accommodations bookings, and making the office environment efficient and positive. Being well organized, helpful, cooperative, tactful, down-to-earth, practical and eager to please she is an asset to her team.
On her spare time you can find Narissa hiking and running the beautiful trails that Vancouver Island has to offer, or out at a local venue enjoying music by many local and national bands. Narissa also loves to sail, cozying up with a good book, or watching a great movie.
ve been involved in community groups since I was 12. Wouldn't have it any other way. People can make miracles happen when they work together and I like miracles.
I was born in Holland, but lived in the US, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the UK and Canada as well. It's made me see that underneath the traditions and culture, there are human values, no matter where you are. Did I mention people are amazing?
I'm a mom, have two awesome teenage sons who keep me on my toes, who eat like wolves and live life with passion and joy. A cat, two gerbils, three geckos and an aquatic frog complement our family. Oh, and the chorus of crickets.
What I do - I love giving furniture a second, third, fourth chance and when I have the space for that you'll find me mucking around with varnish, chalk paint, tools, and glue. When I'm not doing that, you'll find me repairing walls and trim, flooring, and such when people are getting their homes ready to sell or rent. And I am a self-worth coach, working mostly with women in person, on the phone or during workshops. I need to work with my hands in order for my brain to work, and vice versa.
Why am I a part of HeroWork? As a busy mom, wife, Realtor & fitness coach, time is fleeting. Being a HeroWork member puts me in a place where I can intentionally share a bit of my time to help make someone else's life better. It doesn't require a lot, but the pay off is lifelong. It's also been great having my family join in to help with the projects & watch peoples lives be changed for the better. I love the memories we've made and the smiles we've shared.
I found out about the team when I saw 3 different HeroWork signs in one day! The last sign was on a friends car that I was visiting and once I learned about it, I've been hooked ever since! As a lifetime volunteer, I love working with people who are committed to building community, its a good fit for my beliefs and values. My grandmother always said: "Service is the rent we pay, for our time on earth". The positive energy of this team and the fabulous work they do really grabbed my attention and touched my heart. Thanks for the opportunity to be involved once again!
I heard about HeroWork through John DeMedeiros. He was so enthusiastic about the projects and I knew I had to help in some way. The best way for me is through photographs.
I work with local charities to make our community a better place for everyone. I am passionate about saying yes to people. I like to tell plumbers and accountants, students and retirees, doers and thinkers alike that yes, they can be an essential part of saving a life or healing a community. I love to tell people yes, they can have a bed or a sweater, a meal or a treatment, or a shoulder to cry on. I like to tell people in need that yes, there is someone out there who cares about them. There are thousands. I like to tell people yes, I’m proud of the small way I help make the world a better place, and you can be too.
Volunteering is an awesome way to learn about other people and share stories and circumstances. It is a means of building character and strengthening spirit. I have had many opportunities to volunteer - cooking, sewing, working in third world Habitat teams on builds, working with Mustard Seed and of course on the last 2 Herowork projects to name a few.
Why do I do it? Because I can and because I meet so many wonderful people who want to make a difference.
I am the office manager for a security integration company called BMS Integrated Services, and our sister company M6 Security. I believe that volunteering in our community is very important both for the community and for personal growth. I am very excited to have the opportunity to be a part of this dynamic team.