Kaeley Wiseman – Chair & Planning
Kaeley moved to our area in 2014 from North Saanich, where she sat on the North Saanich Residents Association as well as a number of advisory committees. She chose rural Saanich for the access to running, hiking, and cycling, as well as the strong agricultural (food and wine!) community. A professional planner and project manager, Kaeley has lived in Victoria on and off for over 15 years, having completed her undergraduate degree in environmental science and geography at UVic, followed by a masters in urban planning in Winnipeg. Kaeley’s professional work focuses on affordable Indigenous and community housing, economic development, and large-scale publicly funded projects. She has worked across the Island, British Columbia and the Yukon, and is pursuing her PhD in Indigenous Planning at UVic. Kaeley sits on a variety of boards, including currently acting as co-chair of the Saanich Community Association Network.
Jim Irvine – Hall Maintenance
Jim moved to Prospect Lake area with his family in 2002. He retired from work as a heavy-duty mechanic in 2011 and since then has found a variety of volunteer activities to keep him occupied. These include teaching a small engine repair course at Vancouver Island Regional Correction Centre, Rainbow Kitchen (Esquimalt) food pickup and preparation, election sign management for a Saanich councillor & mayor (both successful). He’s currently a member of a local North American Big Rig Racing team.
Jim previously served the bylaw maximum of 3 two year terms on the PLDCA board from 2010 – 2016. During that time he took on the membership role and helped with the maintenance and upkeep of the hall. He would like to continue to promote the community association and has the time and energy to do so.
Brendan Ralfs – Treasurer
Brendan is a native Victorian who grew up in the Prospect Lake area and has had roots there for his entire life. After spending 20 years working as a forest firefighter he returned home in 2015 to spend a lot more time behind a desk as an emergency manager. Outside of work, Brendan enjoys staying active with martial arts and yoga, taking in the Victoria arts and culture scene, and tries to take some time each year to travel abroad. He is looking forward to getting more involved with his community as a member of the PLDCA Board.
Paul Chytyk – Director at Large
Paul and his husband moved to their small acreage in the Prospect Lake area in 2009 and have embraced and enjoyed acreage life ever since. Both feel fortunate to live in such a unique area of the peninsula surrounded by rural living and nature, yet only minutes from the city. Paul is an environmental consultant by profession with an academic background in economics. He was formally involved with his community association in Burnside-Gorge helping his neighbours form, at the time, Victoria’s largest Block Watch. Paul volunteers for various conservation associations and has sat on the boards on several environmental organizations.
An avid traveler, Paul enjoys exploring and learning from the cultures of developing nations around the world. He is excited for the opportunity to contribute locally through the PLDCA, get to know his neighbours better, and help build community.
Pam Carroll – Membership
Pam is a retired nurse and health service manager. A post university camping tour of North America ended on Vancouver Island; camping on Long Beach when we could! Very happily settled here. She moved to Prospect Lake in 1980 with her husband and two children to enjoy a rural lifestyle and was involved in scouts, guides, sports, etc. She has volunteered at numerous events and activities since then and joined the board in 2018. Pam is an active paddler, a member of Gorging Dragons world cup champion dragon boat team and local outrigger crews. What she loves most about the PLDCA is strengthening community by connecting neighbors.
Zoe Hole – Secretary, Social media
Zoe is an environmental consultant and mother to three young kids (including twins!). While she was born in Victoria, she moved to the Prospect Lake District in 2018 for a quiet, rural property and easy access to take her border collie mountain biking. She joined the board as a way to get to know her neighbours and give back to her community. In addition to biking, Zoe enjoys soccer, tennis, running, triathlons, and surfing, when busy times allow. Zoe serves as the PLDCA secretary as well as managing our social media and the Little Free Library.
Cathy Haynes – Communications
Cathy is a former teacher and small business owner. She moved to the Prospect lake area in 2002 with her husband and three sons and went to the PLDCA’s Halloween Howl that year (back when we could have fireworks). She volunteered at numerous events and activities since then and joined the board in 2017, working particularly on communications and the garden. In her free time Cathy is a big e-bike enthusiast, enjoys yoga and sketching. What she loves most about the PLDCA is the creation of a more connected community.
Dana Craft – Director at Large
Dana moved from Gordon Head to Prospect Lake in 2009 with her husband, Mike, and daughter, Natalie. She loves the area for the market farms, the hiking trails and the overall natural beauty of rural Saanich and plans to live here forever!
Dana has always been an active volunteer, whether assisting in her childrens’ classrooms, Girl Guide leader, or bottle drives for Air Cadets. She organized several Halloween Howls at the Prospect Lake Community Hall as well as assisting in the summer BBQ dessert auctions and Christmas bake sales at the hall. Dana enjoys yoga twice weekly at the hall and is very thankful for having this wonderful resource in her community. A great way to meet people!
Dana graduated with a B.A. in business and a minor in French from Rice University, Houston, TX and moved to Victoria in 1987. She worked in the insurance and financial services industry for over 30 years before retiring in 2018. She enjoys yoga, hiking, tennis, bridge, painting, live theatre, baking, reading, and meeting friends for lunch. She looks forward to serving her community on the board of PLDCA.
Debbie Dykes – Director at Large
Debbie, originally from Toronto, is a retired Phys Ed teacher who now works as a Teacher on Call at her ‘old’ school, St Margaret’s. She and her husband Steve moved to their forever home on Prospect Lake from Victoria in 2019 and love being part of this great neighbourhood. Debbie plans to give back to the community by volunteering with the PLDCA, and she and Steve make daily walks to Whitehead Park to help clean up litter ‘in the hood’. In her spare time, Debbie loves swimming off their dock, canoeing, gardening and walking/hiking in the area. Indoor time, when absolutely necessary, is for sewing and baking.