Board of Directors
Rebecca Smith, Chair
Elena Trenholm, Vice-Chair
A Newfoundlander, Trenholm is a graduate of the CWVC Campaign School & is completing an undergraduate degree in Political Science at the University of Victoria.
Trenholm worked previously as the European Regional Coordinator for Yale-based think tank European Horizons, and currently works between North America and Europe, gaining experience in International Development / NGO sectors with Democracy Reporting International in Berlin, and University 101 in Victoria, BC. The overarching theme of her portfolio is a strong commitment to accessible, non-partisan resources for community engagement.
Following one year serving with the Board of Directors, Trenholm was promoted to Vice-Chair in July 2017 as a result of her consistent contributions to the organization’s strategic planning, communications & recruitment.
Deborah Payment, Secretary
Deborah has had a long career in the labour movement, most recently serving as a business agent for the Compensation Employees Union, but also has past experience working for the Worker's Compensation Board.
Deborah volunteered with the City of Surrey in several different capacities, including a program mentoring single mothers in transition. She also served as a Board member with the Fraser Valley Brain Injury Association for many years.
In 2009, Deborah ran as an MLA candidate in the provincial election and credits her inspiration to run to a Women's Campaign School.
Deborah lives with Parkinson's Disease and is now retired, splitting her time between Surrey and Green Lake, BC
Nance Henne, Treasurer
Originally from the Kootenays in BC, Nance Henne is a Certified General Accountant and teacher.
Although she is now retired she has had a wealth of experience in all of her professional fields, working from remote communities to larger urban centres. Nance has provided business management, advice and consultation to non-profits, businesses and First Nations resulting in financially viable projects for organizations. She has worked in elementary schools, high schools and community colleges, creating unique educational models to serve her students.
Nance has been a member of the Selkirk College Appeals Committee, the Castlegar and District Community Service Society board, the BC Foster Parents Association board and the Kamloops Habitat for Humanity board.
Since her early teens Nance has been passionate about women actively participating in leading our country. She has worked on election campaigns behind the scenes as a financial agent.
Monique Goffinet Miller, Board Member at Large
Monique Goffinet Miller is a Leadership and Change Management Consultant with a background in public relations, marketing and broadcasting. With her Masters of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University, Monique worked within the BC Ministry of Environment on a change management, vision building and strategic planning project that gained province wide recognition. Monique has held positions within Government House and the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia and the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia.
Monique’s broadcasting career and talents in fundraising led her to host telethons that have raised over $450,000 for community projects in remote Northern BC. Monique is a former Chairperson of the Monarchist League of Canada and Board Director of the Victoria Immigration and Refugee Centre Society. Monique serves on the Monarchist League of Southern Saskatchewan and the Canadian Women Voters Congress (CWVC) Board of Directors and is presently developing the first non-partisan CWVC Women’s Campaign Schools in Saskatchewan.
Monique Goffinet Miller is a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her service to the Crown and her communities.
Stephanie Siddon, Board Member at Large
Stephanie Siddon is currently in her fourth year of Political Science and Gender Studies at the University of Victoria. She grew up in Kelowna BC, but has also studied or worked in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Latvia.
She is passionate about advocacy work, particularly for gender rights, which motivated her to join the CWVC board this year. Previously she has volunteered and worked with the BC Green Party, the Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Society, and the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation.
Elizabeth Wells, Board Member at Large
Elizabeth Wells works in the Office of Official Opposition in Victoria, BC as Special Project Lead. Born and raised in Victoria, BC Elizabeth has her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Victoria focusing on Canadian and European politics. She also spent part of her university degree at the University of Stirling, Scotland. She previously was the BC Youth Organizer and Events and Fundraising Coordinator for the Liberal Party of Canada in BC.
Not one to shy away from a political campaign, Elizabeth served as a Liberal Community Team Leader for the 2015 Canadian federal election and the BC Liberal Auxiliary Tour Coordinator for the 2017 provincial election. She has also volunteered on the 2015 and 2017 U.K general elections. Elizabeth has developed public policy as the Policy Chair of the federal Liberal electoral district association in Victoria. Her work led to the inclusion of a Housing First strategy in the Liberal Party platform.
She has a passion for promoting women in politics and now serves as a Board Member at Large for the CWVC.
Sal Bhullar, Board Member at Large
Kayleigh Erickson, Board Member at Large
Lisa Beare, Board Member at Large