Doug Nutting has been Executive Director of Recreation Integration Victoria (R.I.V.) since its inception in 1990. Hired in 1988 as the Coordinator of Integrated Recreation Services, an Inter-municipally funded service, Doug guided the development of Integrated Recreation Services into the partnership of services known as Recreation Integration Victoria. R.I.V. is recognized across North America as a premier inclusive leisure and recreation service delivery and funding model.
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COORDINATOR OF SERVICES
Kirsty Jack has joined the RIV team this summer as Acting Coordinator of Services. She was born and raised in Victoria, B.C. Kirsty has recently received her Master’s of Public Health from the School of Public Health and Social Policy at the University of Victoria. Until recently she worked as the Youth Programmer at Community Living Victoria and was an Inclusion Facilitator for the Teen Community Connections program. She has a total of seven years experience working with all ages in the disability community. Kirsty also recently worked on our Leisure Access Victoria App (LAVA) website for RIV. When Kirsty is not working, she enjoys swimming, reading, enjoying time with her Fiancé and friends, and cake decorating.
Faye has a background in community rehabilitation and worked in a variety of areas including residential settings, social services as a family support advisor and counselor in Calgary before moving to Victoria. She has proudly worked with R.I.V. since 1990. She has had the pleasure of watching many of R.I.V.’s participants grow up over the years and is always excited when one of our many Co-op students who have worked with us over time re-connects and shares their updates of life and professional development. Faye is married with a teenage daughter and her own leisure interests including gardening and gab sessions over lunch with close friends.
LEISURE ASSISTANCE COORDINATOR
Saige is the new Leisure Assistance Coordinator at RIV. She is finishing up her last year at UVic, studying Sociology. She became interested in RIV’s services after completing a previous co-op working in mental health policy and Island Health, and is excited to try a more front-line position. Born in northern BC, she moved to Victoria to attend university and loves the Island culture. She enjoys hiking, cooking, and martial arts. She is looking forward to her work term at RIV, please feel free to introduce yourself!
Kathleen has been involved in working with individuals with disabilities of all ages throughout her career and volunteer work for over 20 years. Her belief that every individual should have access to active living opportunities, despite their limitations or challenges, has been demonstrated in her practice as a Recreation Therapist. Kathleen is currently working with Island Health-Community Health Services on a Regional Resource Team. Kathleen holds a Bachelor in Child and Youth Care from the University of Victoria and a Diploma in Therapeutic Recreation from Douglas College. In addition to her employment and education experience, Kathleen has volunteered for a number of organizations over the years including; Board member of Victoria Epilepsy and Parkinson’s Centre, volunteer with Terry Fox run and Victoria Hospice to name a few. Kathleen is married with one son and when she is not working, she enjoys going for walks and spending time with family and friends.
In 1991 Pippa was diagnosed with MS and her life changed. In 2001 she moved to Victoria and was delighted to discover the wonderful MS Centre and joined the Board of Directors as the Client Representative for six years. At the Centre she learned about and took up sailing with the Disabled Sailing Association Victoria BC, which opened up a whole new exhilarating and revitalizing challenge in her life. At that time she joined the Board of Recreation Integration Victoria and was impressed by their mandate to ’facilitate active lifestyles for people with disabilities’. In 2007 , twenty years after their initial plan to go to Everest Base Camp had to be ‘delayed’ and thanks to the discovery of Recreation Integration Victoria’s trail rider and their ongoing support , Jasper, Oliver and a Team of friends successfully made the trek with Pippa to the Everest Base Camp. The Rise Above Barriers Team gratefully donated the trail rider to Recreation Integration Victoria where it has lived and been used by many people since. Pippa was the Administrator at the National Ski Academy for 15 years before moving here.
Mark was born in Vancouver in 1962, grew up in the Comox Valley and Graduated from BCIT in Bussiness Administration in 1984
Following 20+ years as aTelecomm Sales Executive in Vancouver and Victoria Mark went to Tanzania to do Volunteer work with the Masai Tribes providing Water Systems. He Suffered a Major Stroke there 8 years ago and now lives life as a Hemiplegic. After returning and Volunteering and Advocating with various organizations he discovered Sailing with the DSA and was so thrilled he felt compelled to share his new active life and enthusiasm by getting more involved and was accepted last year as a member of the Board of Directors.
Jim joined BC Assessment in 2009 and works as an analyst in the Communications Department. Prior to that Jim was with a fiber-optic manufacturing company, JDS Uniphase for 11 years. His background is technical, and communications. Jim was born with a congenital condition called arthrogryposis. He has had 36 operations from birth to 13 years old in the Hospital for sick children in Toronto. All of the operations were on the extremities which is where the condition affects him.
Outside of work, his passion is for photography: he loves going on photo walks and taking people along with him. And music! He plays the guitar and composes. Full bio here.
Jim joined the Board in the summer of 2017.