Annual General Meeting
Due to COVID-19 the Annual General Meeting will be delivered virtually via Zoom.
Nominations to the Board of Directors is available to active Members and the nomination process is now open.
The deadline for nominations is June 24.
This year, our Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held
Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 6PM.
AGM material and information on how to access via Zoom will be sent to current Members by July 7, 2020, so be sure your Membership is up to date. Any questions, please feel free to contact us!
Board of Directors Nominees
Chris Beresford strongly believes that IDHHC improves the lives of our families, friends and neighbours, and helps to make our communities stronger. He feels we should all work to make the lives of others better and he feels he is contributing to that philosophy through his opportunity to serve on the IDHHC Board of Directors.
Chris has worked with The Boys and Girls Clubs in Victoria and Nanaimo and with MOSAIC, an immigration settlement organization in Vancouver. Since 1982 he has worked with the Ministry of Attorney General in a variety of roles. He has been a family court counsellor and probation officer, and was the first ‘youth gang’ specialist in Vancouver in the late 1980s. He was an instructor at the Justice Institute and then became a policy analyst with the Corrections Branch in Victoria. He then worked as the communications director for the Corrections Branch and then for the Ministry of Attorney General’s office as well as a short term in the Premier’s office in 2000-2001. In 2001 he became the Director of Maintenance Enforcement and has been responsible for a number of family justice programs. Chris has been a board member of the National Child Support Enforcement Association and the chair of Canada’s support enforcement directors. Outside of work, Chris has been a long term member of the John Howard Society of Victoria (and is the current Chair of the Board) and has been the treasurer of the Justice Education Society. He has a great love of older cars and feels fortunate to own a few which provides him with great pleasure. Chris lives in Victoria with his wife and has two adult children.
Michael Colussi is hard of hearing himself and has multiple family members who live with, or have lived with a variety of disabilities including being deaf and others being blind. He also has a strong interest with Indigenous communities and has a personal goal of building bridges with Indigenous Deaf people. Throughout his working career he has worked in partnership with individuals and organizations supporting people who are deaf or hard of hearing, blind or low vision, mobility impaired and those with mental health challenges. Michael has sat as an active committee member with the BC Coalition of People with Disabilities, BC Human Rights Coalition, National Employment Committee for the Blind and Visually Impaired and the Beckton Dickinson International Safety Advisory Group. His work has been with project and program planning specifically designed to improve individual, group and corporate health and wellbeing through a risk management lens to ensure sensitivity to the individual and culture always remains at the forefront. He has had a life-long connection within multicultural environments.