Kathy Stinson, CEO

Kathy Stinson, Executive DirectorKathy Stinson is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA) and has been providing leadership in the not-for-profit and public sectors for over 25 years. Kathy is well respected in Greater Victoria through her work with Boys and Girls Club Services, where she was Finance and Operations Leader until 2003. After a brief but rewarding stint with the Government of Nunavut, Kathy returned to BC’s Capital to work for the Victoria Cool Aid Society and has been their CEO/Executive Director since mid-2005.

A lifelong learner, Kathy earned a graduate certificate in project management from Royal Roads in 2001, and is currently pursuing a diploma in Urban Land Economics through UBC. Kathy is also participating in the CIH Canada Western Founders program, and is excited to be working towards achieving the CIHM designation.

Kathy served two terms on the board of the BC Non Profit Housing Association (BCNPHA) from 2009 to 2014, including two years as Chair. Kathy also served on the board of Leadership Victoria where she held the position of Treasurer for five years.

Kathy’s work has helped to build the capacity of Greater Victoria to identify and confront some of its key challenges. Whether leading initiatives like the creation of the Access Health Centre or working collaboratively with community groups like the Downtown Service Providers, or the Coalition to End Homelessness, Kathy has a talent and passion for bringing people together, helping the community create a better future.

In 2012, Kathy was honoured at the Victoria Leadership Awards with the inaugural United Way of Greater Victoria award for Collaboration and Partnership; and in 2013 Cool Aid received the Victoria Foundation Community Leadership Award.

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