The Victoria Society for Children with Autism (VSCA) has been primarily a volunteer-led organization since it began in 1970. We have grown to include a paid staff position, but today we still rely on generous and dedicated volunteers who help the society to be its best. VSCA is very lucky to have such a dedicated team of people behind the scenes!

Aaron Taylor – General Manager

Aaron served 2 years on the board until 2016 when he was requested to assist the society as a General Manager, overseeing many of the monthly events, assisting the society in applying for funding, being a contact person, and in general helping the society to run smoothly and efficiently!

Jesse Galvon Reid – President

Jesse joined the board as a member in large in 2018. She stepped up to the presidential role in 2019. As an executive coach who specializes in emotional intelligence and a mother of an ASD child, she firmly believes a community can make a difference through empathy, compassion and sharing experiences. She is a strong believer in this community and the 4 pillars represented in V.S.C.A.

  • Influence: a sense of mattering, also it speaks to the concept of giving first before asking for anything.
  • Integration and Fulfillment of Needs: means that by joining a community a member gets what they hoped to get by joining.
  • Membership: the feeling of belonging or of sharing a sense of personal relatedness.
  • Shared Emotional Connection: members will have a history of experiences together and the belief that there will be more experiences together in the future. With these shared experiences, we form a long-lasting, emotional connection.

Michael Yarr – Treasurer

I’m from Nova Scotia but have made my home in Victoria for over 30 years. I am a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA). I have worked in the hotel business my entire adult life in numerous locations including the US and SE Asia. I served on the VSCA board many years ago and am looking for a community involvement project so thought I would help out again with VSCA.

I have served on various committees for the City of Victoria, Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Victoria. I served three years on the Greater Victoria Library Board. Bike riding is an avid interest and where better than Victoria to do that? I also enjoy skiing, hiking and cooking.

Victoria Lougheed – Secretary

Victoria joined the board in September 2020. Helping people reach their goals is what gets me up in the morning. Nothing is better than solving problems that let people overcome obstacles.

Therese Nicholson

Theri joined the board as Secretary in May 2019.  Mother of a child with ASD, who has benefited from events and programs offered by VSCA, she wanted to give back and provide support to the community.  She works full time and happily volunteers to help organize and attend various events. She resides on the Peninsula with her husband and sons.

Emma Grace

Emma joined the board in September 2020.

Marcus Pollard

Marcus has previously served on the board and has rejoined the board in September 2020.

Justin Reynolds

Justin joined the board in September 2020.