WCRS Board of Directors

WCRS Board of Directors

The Westcoast Community Resources Society (WCRS) is guided by the experience and skills of the Board of Directors who share the vision and values of healthy connected individuals, families and communities.

The Westcoast Community Resources Society Board of Directors demonstrate a passion for community and wellness through their hard-work and dedication to the Society and broader community.

Janet Busby (Chair)

Janet is one of the earliest volunteers of the Society and was instrumental in planning and advocating for services on the Westcoast in the 1990’s. She helped to successfully advocate for the addition of the first Women’s Transition House on the west coast. Since this time, she has seen the growth and progress of the society as well as the addition of many new programs and services.

Janet has been a valued member of the board since 2016. She worked for Pacific Rim National Park Reserve for over 20 years and is invested in seeing the community and its members grow and prosper.

Judy Gray (Vice-Chair)

Judy has been a director on the WCRS Board for many years.  Judy co-owns and co-manages three RE/MAX offices in Port Alberni, Tofino and Ucluelet. 

Community-driven and action-oriented, Judy sits on several boards in the community and contributes her in depth knowledge of local history, community growth and change, and more importantly, the people that make up the community.

Tamara Nelson (Treasurer)

Tamara has lived in Ucluelet since 2008. She had been aware of WCRS but only got the ‘inside scoop’ when she took a temporary position with WCRS in 2017-18. Tamara was immediately impressed by the committed professional staff assisting people to live better lives in our beautiful west coast communities and decided to become a board member.

Tamara has worked in accounting and finance all her professional life and currently works in local government. Her financial experience makes her an asset to the Board and the WCRS.

Karen Laine (Secretary)

Karen has over 30 years of experience as an Executive Director of Foundations, charities, development societies and community owned businesses.

Currently she provides consulting and coaching services for social purpose organizations and businesses, and teaches eco-spirituality and deep nature connection skills. She has infinite respect for the important work the staff of WCRS do in the west coast communities that she loves.

Tara Souch (Director at Large)

Tara joined the WCRS board in Fall of 2018. She brings nearly 20 years of work experience in the field of social services, mainly in the non-profit sector.

Tara has been a masters level clinical counsellor for 10 years and her work primarily focuses on grief support, life transitions and psychoeducation. She also has a background in wilderness therapy and continues to work seasonally as an outdoor guide.

Tara joined the board out of admiration for the important role that WCRS plays in contributing to the health and well-being for all communities on the west coast. 

Join the WCRS Board of Directors

If you are interested in becoming a member of the WCRS Board of Directors, please follow the link below or email our Executive Director, Theresa Gerritsen, to arrange an informal discussion.