Board Members and Staff
The Victoria Society for Children with Autism 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!
General Manager: Aaron Taylor
Aaron joined the board of directors in August of 2014 as a member at large, and at the next AGM in 2015 was elected President of the Board. In 2016 he resigned from this post but continued on as a Project Manager, overseeing many of the monthly events, assisting the society in applying for funding, being a contact person for VSCA, and in general helping the society to run smoothly and efficiently!
President: Ian Tromp
Ian joined the VSCA board in August of 2014 as a member at large. In 2016, he was voted in as President and continues in that role today. He has presided over major changes at VSCA, including the hiring of a General Manager. He has a twenty year old son who has been diagnosed with Autism and Down Syndrome, and it was for him that he first became a member of VSCA. His son no longer receives services with VSCA but he is happy to stay on the board of directors, as he believes that VSCA is a good organization and he enjoys being involved in helping people with Autism.
Secretary: Mark Lyn
Mark’s experience with VSCA goes back to 2011. He has been on the VSCA board twice since that time, as a member at large for three years, and has re-joined the board as secretary for his fourth year. “Like most of us on the board, I was interested in giving back to this amazing group, to show my appreciation for and to try to help in any way I could and can. I believe we all get so much more out of the whole experience by being involved in it. The VSCA now, except for our constant financial constraints, has never been better run or more transparent. When my son was first diagnosed, at a time when I knew nothing at all about autism, the support I found at VSCA and just being in a community of people who had similar experiences, was indispensable in helping us overcome what was a very difficult time in our lives.”
Jon has been with involved with VSCA for 10 years. He joined the board to help out, bringing his experience from other boards with him. He works in IT, has lived in Victoria for more than 25 years, and was elected to the VSCA board in May of 2017.
May Zhong & William Wu
May and William’s family have been involved with VSCA since their first child was diagnosed with ASD 2 years ago. They found it a supportive community that they could go to, and would like contribute to the community to make it better for all families with children with special needs. In June of 2018, May was elected to the board of directors. William was on the board of directors from May 2017 to 2018, and now acts as librarian for the society.
Madison has been involved with VSCA since May 2018. She works as a behavioural interventionist for kids and teens on the spectrum, and enjoys the opportunity of working more closely and being able to connect with families through non-profits such as VSCA. When she is not at work, she loves exploring the outdoors, attending a yoga class, and selling plant based cuisine at the weekly market!
Jesse Galvin Reid
Jesse Galvon Reid is a member at large who joined the board in 2018. 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. Jesse is a strong believer in community and the 4 pillars that VSCA represents –
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.