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Please note that all MFRC locations are closed on Friday February 15th for a Professional Development Day, on Saturday February 16th and on Monday February 18th for Family Day.

Board Member Bios

Learn more about our board of directors and what they bring to the MFRC.

Samantha Krzywonos

Samantha is a Central Development Officer with the University of Victoria and a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She has been working in the fundraising and communications sector since completing the UVic Public Relations program in 2004. She previously spent ten years in the Canadian Navy as a Naval Combat Information Operator serving on the HMCS Vancouver and HMCS Protecteur. Samantha has mainly lived in Victoria for 18 years and enjoys contributing her skills to local charitable causes in event planning, communications and building community relationships. An active volunteer with the MFRC since completing her service, and four years on the Board, she feels it’s a great privilege to serve military families with the Esquimalt MFRC. Samantha and her husband (an AESOP Warrant Officer with 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron) enjoy spending time outdoors on their Saanich Peninsula acreage with their very active young son.

Kathy Cook

Kathy Cook has been a military spouse for over 24 years. She is employed as a paralegal and has worked primarily in family law since 1991. Kathy and her husband have two children (22 and 17) who were involved in competitive sports for many years. Her husband coached field lacrosse for 10 years as well, so by default she too became involved. Kathy managed his teams for 10 years and held executive positions in field and box lacrosse at the local, regional and provincial level. She was a tournament coordinator for four provincial and two national lacrosse tournaments and was the Zone Coordinator for field lacrosse at the BC Summer Games in 2008 and 2010. She also sat on the executive for the Island Hoppers Precision Jump Rope team for three years. Volunteering is important to Kathy and she likes to stay connected in some way to the community. Being a part of the MFRC Board will allow her to continue to do that and assist military families at the same time.

Pierre Berube

Pierre is a retired officer who served for 35 years in the Canadian Armed Forces.  In addition to his operational experience, he possesses a wealth of experience in military personnel policy development.  Pierre and his family lived military life to the fullest, with all of its challenges, during numerous assignments that included two overseas postings and a NORAD assignment in the U.S.A.  He is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, deploying for six months in 2006.  Pierre is fully bilingual and works easily in both of Canada’s official languages.  He and his wife Terri, who is employed as a DND public servant here in Victoria, have two grown sons, both proudly serving in Canada’s military.  Together with Terri, Pierre enjoys sailing and is also an active volunteer with the Canadian Forces Sailing Association (CFSA) Esquimalt Squadron.

Emily Zhong

Emily is a military spouse and mother of two energetic young daughters. She acquired a Diploma in Business Administration at the University of Victoria and graduated from Royal Roads University with a Bachelor of Arts in Justice Studies in 2015. Emily is currently working as a Civilian Employee at DND. Previously, she has assisted over five hundred refugees and immigrants in their career transition through her 8 years at the Victoria Immigrant & Refugee Centre Society. Emily has been part of the military community since her oldest daughter started at the MFRC daycare when she was one and a half years old. While pregnant with their second daughter and with her military husband on course in Winnipeg and Gagetown for most of a year, the MFRC provided much needed support. Emily and her family love the island lifestyle. She enjoys being active in her community by volunteering at a variety of organizations and events. For the last 3 years she has supported the Esquimalt MFRC in various volunteering opportunities.  She believes that resilience and maintaining a positive attitude can help a military family through even the toughest time. The military community is important to Emily, and by joining the MFRC Board, it will allow her to bring her non-profit organization management and operational skills, as well her community connection.

Leta Martin

Leta Martin is currently an employee with the Vancouver Island Health Authority where she works as a Patient Care Quality Officer.  In this role she is responsible for working with a wide range of stakeholders to help patients and their families find resolution to any concerns they may have with the quality of care that has been delivered by the Health Authority.  In addition to her work at the Health Authority, Leta also has 8 years of banking experience working at Coast Capital Savings and has also worked for the Department of National Defence doing policy and procurement work at Base Logistics.  Her formal education includes a Bachelor of Commerce and an MA in Dispute Resolution.  Leta’s volunteer history includes coordinating volunteer teams of 15 -20 people annually at Operation Track Shoes for the past 6 years, holding an Executive Member position on the University of Victoria Commerce Student Society, and coordinating and planning multiple formal banquets and networking events for upwards of 200 attendees for the students of the Gustavson School of Business. Leta has a partner in the Navy, her first-hand knowledge of the military family lifestyle will be a great asset on the Board of Directors for Esquimalt MFRC.

Katelyn Moores

Katelyn has worked as a Communications Advisor for MARPAC’s Public Affairs Office since 2015, when a co-op position through the University of Victoria turned into a career following graduation. In this role, she helps support the Royal Canadian Navy’s communications activities on the west coast, working to inform the public about their Navy. She previously worked as a Website and Social Media Assistant for UVic’s Communications and Marketing Department and has many years of experience working in the service industry. In addition, Katelyn has volunteered for numerous organizations, including eight years canvassing for the Canadian Cancer Society’s Door-to-Door Campaign and four years with the Royal Canadian Legion’s Poppy Campaign. As both a military spouse and civilian employee, her personal and professional experience with the military are a great addition to the board. In her spare time, Katelyn enjoys reading, crocheting and exploring Vancouver Island’s beautiful beaches and hiking trails. She is proud to be able to give back to the military community as a member of the MFRC Board of Directors.

Jennifer Dela Vega

Jennifer is in Payroll with Human Resources at BC Investment Management Corporation in Victoria. Originally from the Philippines, she moved to southern Ontario in her early childhood and has lived on southern Vancouver Island for over 20 years. Jennifer obtained her third level of CGA studies at Camosun College and completed the Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) designation through the Canadian Payroll Association in 2008. Jennifer has an extensive background and experience in finance, payroll and benefits, HR and Administration. She continues to enjoy working in finance and with people in all capacities. For fun she enjoys playing sports, volleyball, dragon boating, kayaking, and walking the trails and walkways of the beautiful surrounding areas of Victoria. Volunteering and giving back to the community in some form has always been very important to Jennifer. She has worked with and volunteered for many non-profit organizations, volunteered for various local charitable events, coached many sports teams, various Director Boards, several Strata councils, the Victoria Women’s Volleyball Association and several Ship family networks. Jennifer and her spouse (in Avionics with 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron) enjoy spending time with family and friends and living the southern Vancouver Island lifestyle. Being a military spouse, Jennifer looks forward to working with the MFRC again as it is a way to connect with so many military families and working towards supporting them through the military’s ever changing way of life.

Braden Greaves

Braden is a Lawyer with Stevenson Luchies & Legh in Downtown Victoria. His practice includes Family law, Wills and Estates, Civil Litigation, Personal Injury, and solicitors work. He received his JD from the University of Victoria and completed his articles with his current firm. He retired from the Canadian Forces in April 2016 after completing 12 years of service within the Canadian Army, the last three as a reservist while completing law school. The Highlight of Braden‘s career was his deployment to Afghanistan as part of the 1er Battalion R22eR Battle Group in 2010-2011. Braden‘s spouse is an Officer in the Navy, with whom he has a young son. In his law practice, Braden gives back to the community at large through his work with legal aid, assisting people in need with their Family law issues including those who have had there children apprehended by the government. For Braden, volunteering with the MFRC was a natural decision that will allow him to support military families outside of the legal realm. Braden is excited to bring his knowledge and experiences as a veteran, military spouse, and lawyer to the Board and give back to the community.

Dr. Sylvain Gagné

Sylvain is a senior military officer currently assigned to the Joint Task Force – Pacific Headquarters in Esquimalt. He is planning on retiring from the regular force and transferring to the primary reserve in 2019. He previously served on the National Capital Region and on the Kingston MFRCs Board of Directors joining various committees and initiatives, including the national accreditation program as an advisor. He has completed the MFS/Telfer Certificate in Not-for-Profit Governance. In 2016, he was presented the Spirit of Military Families Coin Award for his efforts and involvement with MFRCs. Sylvain has served in four provinces, five countries, and moved with his family 12 times so far due to his military career. He has served on UN, NATO, and EUCOM missions. He lives in Colwood and actively volunteers with the Metchosin Ground Search and Rescue team and with the “francophonie” of Victoria. Sylvain is a lifelong learner and insatiable traveller (85 countries, 37 US states, 10 Provinces, & 1 territory), grabbing on every opportunity to learn more about life and cultures. He is married to Suzie a school teacher and they have two great adult daughters.

MS Daniel Clarke

Daniel spent his early years travelling between Regina, Calgary and Toronto, before joining the Royal Canadian Navy in 2009 as a Naval Communicator. He has served on 3 warships, HMCS OTTAWA, HMCS REGINA and most notable HMCS Vancouver, where he deployed as part of Operations MOBILE and ACTIVE ENDEVOUR in 2011/2012. MS Daniel Clarke is the current President of the Mess Committee for The Pacific Fleet Club, CFB Esquimalt’s Junior Ranks Mess, and the MARPAC Formation Master Seaman. In his current role Daniel divides his time between promoting mess culture among the junior ranks and representing their interests to Senior Leadership across the Formation. He believes in fostering a strong relationship between the MFRC and the Jr Ranks of MARPAC. When not in uniform, Daniel likes to keep himself busy, he enjoys reading, running and spending too much time on social media.

CPO1 Ian Kelly

A native of Gambo South, Nfld & Lab, Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Ian Kelly enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces in February 1989 as a Naval Electronic Sensor Operator. After completing his basic training in Cornwallis NS and initial trades training in Esquimalt BC he was posted to his first operational unit HMCS IROQUOIS in Halifax. During his career, CPO1 Kelly served in various ships including HMCS IROQUOIS, HMCS SKEENA, HMCS YUKON, HMCS ALGONQUIN (x3), HMCS HURON, HMCS WINNIPEG, and HMCS PROTECTEUR (x2).  CPO1 Kelly also served in the following staff positions, Fire Control Supervisor Instructor, Electronic Warfare Instructor, and Above Water Warfare Instructor at Canadian Forces Fleet School Esquimalt after which he served three years on the Weapons Certification/Missile Readiness Inspection Team for the Iroquois Class Destroyers. After completing a rewarding tour as the Fleet Chief NESOP, he volunteered for his first out of area posting to the National Capital Region as Senior Staff Officer Electronic Warfare for the Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy. On completion of his inland tour in 2011, CPO1 Kelly was promoted to his current rank and returned to Esquimalt as Senior Staff Officer Operations for the Halifax Class Modernization project. In June 2012, CPO1 Kelly was appointed as Coxswain of HMCS PROTECTEUR, which he considered the highlight of his career. He then attended Second Language Training for a year at CFB Esquimalt, following which he was appointed as Unit Chief Petty Officer, Fleet Maintenance Facility CAPE BRETON in summer of 2015. CPO1 Kelly was appointed to the Order of Military Merit in the fall of 2015.  In 2016 he was awarded the Meritorious Service Cross for his actions as Coxswain of HMCS PROTECTEUR during a catastrophic engine room fire. After enduring three years of trying to decipher the language of engineering officers, CPO1 Kelly was appointed to his current position as Base Chief Petty Officer, Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt. CPO1 Kelly is a resident of North Saanich and is married to his beautiful and supportive wife Linda of over 25 years. They have one son Ryan who is an amazing musician and a recent enrollee at RMC Kingston where he is studying to become a Marine Systems Engineer. In his spare time he enjoys fishing, camping and kayaking with his family on beautiful Vancouver Island.

CPO1 Sylvain Jaquemot

Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Jaquemot enrolled in the CAF in the fall of 1987 and completed basic training in St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Quebec in early 1988. He joined as a Naval Electronic Sensor Operator (NESOP) and has served the great majority of his career in Esquimalt, BC. During the first part of his career, CPO1 Jaquemot progressed through the ranks as a NESOP aboard HMCS QU’APPELLE, HMCS MCKENZIE, HMCS KOOTENAY, HMCS ALGONQUIN, HMCS OTTAWA (Commissioning Crew) and finally as Above Water Warfare Director on HMCS WINNIPEG from 2003 to 2006. CPO1 Jaquemot deployed on OP FORWARD ACTION (Haiti) in 1994, OP APOLLO (CTF 150) in 2002 and OP ALTAIR (CTF 150) in 2005. In 2008, he joined the Canadian Fleet Pacific F3 OPS Staff, as Chief NESOP. During his time in Fleet Staff he participated in multiple national exercise such as TRIDENT FURY and international exercises including RIMPAC ‘08 onboard USS KITTY HAWK (last voyage) and as part of the Maritime Component Commander Battle Watch for OP PODIUM in 2010. In 2012, he was posted to the VCDS group in Ottawa in the Director General of Capability and Structure Integration (DG CSI) as a Strategic Capability Analyst for joint capability projects, involving Space, CBRNE and other joint projects. During this time he also participated in JOINTEX ’13 in Kingston, ON as the staff officer for CFWC/J6 lessons learned. In 2014 he was posted back on the west coast as the Primary Leadership Qualification – Chief Instructor in the Leadership Division of Naval Fleet School – Pacific. Promoted to his current rank in 2015, he remained at NFS(P) overseeing the NCM PD for the west coast for the Junior-Intermediate-Advance Environmental Leadership Programs. In 2016 he was appointed as Coxswain of HMCS WINNPEG. During his time as Coxswain, CPO1 Jaquemot deployed to the Indo-Asia Pacific region for OP POSEIDON CUTLASS. CPO1 Jaquemot is a graduate of the KEYSTONE program for United States Military Senior Enlisted Leaders and other selected members from the FIVE EYES community with emphasis on Joint Strategic Command. CPO1 Jaquemot was appointed to his current position as the Canadian Fleet Pacific – Fleet Chief in May 2018.

CPO1 David Steeves

Chief Petty Officer 1st Class David Steeves enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces 28 March 1989. His first unit was navire canadien de sa majesté (NCSM) SKEENA in January, 1990, where he served until her decommissioning in November 1993. In December 1993 he was posted to HMCS NIPIGON, where he had the opportunity to operate Canada’s experimental acoustic towed array system (ETASS). He remained onboard HMCS NIPIGON and had the honour and privilege to be part of her decommissioning crew when she was paid off during the summer of 1998. HMCS NIPIGON was the last of the river class; also known as “The Cadillac class” and served the fleet for over 30 years. Upon completion of his tour onboard NIPIGON, Chief Petty Officer 1st Class David Steeves was posted to HMCS ATHABASKAN where he again sailed for two NATO deployments (’99, ’00), including a tour in the Adriatic. Promoted to Petty Officer 1st Class in 2001 and newly trade qualified QL6B, he served 11 months in CFNOS Acoustic Standards prior to being posted to HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN for his Anti-Submarine Warfare Director (ASWD) tour. Following his tour at sea he was posted to CFNOS Tactics and Team Training as IC Underwater Warfare. In April, 2005, upon getting promoted to the rank of Chief Pertty Officer Second Class, he served in Regional Joint Operations Centre Atlantic (RJOC (A)) prior to another tour at sea onboard HMCS IROQUOIS, where he deployed for nearly seven months with CTF 150. His final position as a CPO2 was as Senior Staff Officer Underwater Warfare at MARLANT N-34/Operational Readiness. Chief Petty Officer 1st Class David Steeves was promoted to his current rank in April 2011. He attended the NCM Executive Professional Development Program for a year of academics at Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario, before challenging the Executive Level French Course in Shearwater, Nova Scotia. He was appointed as Coxswain of HMCS ATHABASKAN in May 2013, during a challenging post refit period after her return from St. Catherine’s, Ontario, and during her preparation and return to sea for RRIs. In the fall of 2014 he completed an Operation Caribe deployment, shortly afterwards, he was posted as Unit Chief in TRINITY. April 2015 Chief Petty Officer 1st Class David Steeves was posted to AJAG (A) as the chief for the four Atlantic Provinces. 22 Jun 17, CPO1 David Steeves became Base Chief Petty Officer of CFB Halifax. Recently, Chief Petty Officer Steeves assumed the duties as MARPAC Formation CPO1 on 31 May, 2018.

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