People

Board of Directors

Rebecca Smith, Chair

Rebecca is the Executive Director of the Surrey Hospice Society. She is also a small business owner, long-time local activist and advocate. She has a multifaceted professional background with over 19 years of serving the Not-for-profit world and fortune 500 companies. Rebecca earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science, is certified in Public Relations, Financial Planning and also pursued her Masters degree in Business Administration (Marketing & Global Management). With conversational ability to speak French, and Spanish, Rebecca has studied Mandarin and is currently learning Punjabi.

A candidate in the 2015 federal election, Rebecca again ran as a candidate in the 2017 provincial election. She is President of her federal and provincial constituency associations for her political party as well as a current member of three not-for profit boards. She is a passionate advocate for health care and mental health in British Columbia. The only daughter in a family of seven (four brothers), Rebecca has always believed in equity and the importance of women standing up, speaking up, and participating. Understanding that everything in life is political - from the food we eat, the roads we drive, the schools and education we receive to the governments we choose-Rebecca is a fierce advocate for political literacy and involvement. She is profoundly honoured to serve as the Chair of the Canadian Women Voters Congress.

 

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 MillerBoard 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 SiddonBoard 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.

 

Kayleigh Erickson, Board Member at Large

Kayleigh Erickson recently completed her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Sociology at the University of Victoria, and is currently participating in UVic’s Social Justice Studies Diploma. She is a passionate student activist on her campus and within the community on issues such as sexualized violence, mental health, and worker’s rights. She has served in a variety of roles during her degree, including as the Chairperson of the University of Victoria Student Society, a two-time student Senator and Governor, as well as the President of the Undergraduates of Political Science Course Union. She is currently a Senior Community Leader with Residence Life and Education, the President of the Young Liberals of Canada in British Columbia youth board, and the Communications Secretary for Component 2 in her Union- CUPE 4153.

Erickson is also committed to increasing women’s representation at all levels of government, and joined the Canadian Women’s Voters Congress Board following her attendance at our annual Women’s Campaign School. She was also selected by Equal Voice Canada to be the ‘Daughter of the Vote’ representing her home riding of Fleetwood Port-Kells. This opportunity involved her taking her seat in the House of Commons on International Women’s Day, where she spoke on the issue of sexual assaults on Canadian campuses. Erickson was recently selected by Equal Voice Canada to be a Mental Health Network Leader, and is collaborating with her fellow Daughters of the Vote to create an intersectional toolkit to advance youth and women’s activism on the topic of mental health.

Lisa Beare, Board Member at Large