May Han

May Han is a Finance Director with a Canadian institutional investor.  She has responsibility for finance, reporting, regulatory and compliance, strategy, risk management, and internal controls. Previously, she held Director of Finance roles with provincial pension plans administrators, pension fund manager, and invested time in public accounting practice. She holds a Bachelor of Management, Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation, and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) designation.

May is passionate about Connections Place’s vision and mission. Connections Place continues to make important contributions in advocating and advancing the needs and interests of the members they serve, and with meaningful impacts in the community. She is proud to serve and represent Connections Place.

Adrian Maclaren

Adrian has a strong personal and professional interest in mental health and helping others who have been impacted by mental health challenges. He strives to reduce the stigma around mental illness.  On a personal level, he has lost family to a mental health illness, and he has other friends and family that are being affected by mental health challenges.

Adrian graduated with a Doctorate of Pharmacy from UBC in 2019 and has been practicing as a pharmacist in the Greater Victoria and Cowichan valley region since.  He currently works providing medication management and oversight to vulnerable and complex populations in the downtown core.  He enjoys this work immensely, as he finds it rewarding to take a harm reduction approach to help people with their recovery from addiction and mental health.

Adrian also holds his Real Estate License, and with that capacity, he enjoys working with people to find them suitable housing within their budget.

In addition to his work activities, Adrian enjoys being physically active, travelling, and giving back to my community in meaningful ways.

Claire Skillen

Claire is passionate about reducing stigma and increasing support for those experiencing mental health challenges. She has personally lost friends to mental health crises and has several people in her life who have been and continue to be impacted by mental health challenges.

Claire is currently self-employed in the technology sector as a senior consultant through her own company Ceascape Solutions Inc.; she is a passionate supporter of women (including transgender and non-binary) in STEAM. Claire is currently working towards her master’s degree in counseling psychology, with a focus on complex trauma and client-centered therapies for depression, anxiety, and burnout. Outside of work and studies, you’ll find her paddling her outrigger canoe, cold water dipping, on the hiking trails, and taking photographs. Claire is grateful to serve her community through Connections Place!

Jackie Powell

Jackie has attended New Clubhouse Development Training in Fort Wayne, Indiana and has also visited Clubhouse in New York City.  Her background includes property management and administrative skills (BC Transit, Camosun College and BC Ministry of Agriculture). She volunteered at Victoria Women’s Transition House until her son’s illness required her time.

Alexandra Ashby

Diagnosed at a young age with anxiety and depression disorder, Alexandra knows firsthand what it’s like growing up in Victoria with mental health issues. She helps Connections Place with her experience and education from the University of Victoria, where she received a Bachelors in Anthropology. She currently works as an artist, while studying to assist people as a weight-management counsellor.

Sandy McManus

Through Sandy’s long-time career as a Realtor, she’s had the good fortune to meet and work with people from all walks of life. As a compassionate community minded individual, she’s encountered many families struggling with mental illness. As she gets to know these families, she’s been astounded to learn how difficult a task it is to try to find ways to help their loved ones, who are suffering and whose futures seem so bleak.

Sandy and her family have their own personal experience spanning over many years with a beloved sister, who suffers relentless pain since being injured in a car accident, with a multitude of complex issues that have developed since. For that reason, she knows first-hand how daunting this task is. Sandy strives to be of service to Connections Place to bring about brighter and healthier futures for many people and their families.

Cherry Lynn Brown

With a degree in Sociology at York University, ON, Cherry Lynn has worked as a social worker, school teacher, school aide, and was an owner/operator of a small business. She’s been a member of the Unitarian-Universalist community her entire life. Cherry Lynn embraces Buddhist philosophy, the guidance of reason and the results of science, and believes firmly in the inherent worth and dignity of all persons and social justice for everyone.

She served as a member for 4.5 years on the Victoria Mental Health and Substance Use Advisory Committee, and the BCSS Victoria Board of Directors. She co-founded our society in March 2014, and has worked in this important grassroots advocacy initiative toward the establishment of a Clubhouse International in the GVA since that time.

Cherry Lynn looks forward to the day when the community at large opens their hearts with compassion and understanding, and then supports the need for this program to nurture people who are suffering from mental health problems of all types. Cherry Lynn looks after her 25-year-old son, who lives with her.

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