A local to Victoria, Rea is a community organizer, a seasonal treeplanter, and an independent contractor with a background in home renovations. Living a portion of each year in northern BC for the past decade, Rea is attuned to DIY skill-sets and hands-on knowledge. Growing up in a family of carpenters and artists gave her ongoing access to a full woodshop, and more importantly the confidence to ‘mess around’ with hand and power tools in a safe and empowered manner. Rea’s goal is to encourage and bring this hands-on confidence to the community through the Victoria Tool Library.
Rea has over ten years experience working around urban food sustainability, bike accessibility, and theatre production. Rea was the volunteer coordinator and a bike mechanic at The Flat Bike Collective in Montreal for over five years. She helped create mechanic workshops for and by women, queers, and trans people with employment opportunities to counter the male dominance in the bike industry. She currently hosts a women, queers, and trans bike mechanic series in Victoria. These experiences have inspired her to create spaces that dismantle financial and social barriers to people gaining technical knowledge. It is this passion that drives her to help the Victoria Tool Library flourish.
Rea holds a BA in Environmental Ethics and Anthropology from McGill University, an intensive Forestry certificate from the College of the Rockies – Mt. Currie Campus, and is a trained facilitator in conflict-based resolution from the Sexual Assault Centre of McGill University. Rea is also an active wrestler and coordinator with the art performance group The West Coast League of Lady Wrestlers.
Stephanie’s background is in working for environmental non-profits, particularly in the areas of outreach and volunteer management. In collaboration with her partner she currently runs The Idea Tree Consulting, which provides strategy and communications advice, and research services to environmental and other NGOs.
Stephanie holds a BSc in Biological Science from the University of Calgary and is excited to be currently enrolled in the Master of Arts in Environmental Education and Communications program at Royal Roads University.
She is passionate about the sharing economy and its role in communities. To that end she enjoys managing the Little Free Library in Rutledge Park, contributing to her condo building’s community garden, and is dedicated to helping bring the Victoria Tool Library to life.
Cheryl brings over 25 years of library experience to the board along with a passion for DIY and the sharing economy. Cheryl currently works at the University of Victoria and also runs Creative Miscellany where she offers web, social media, and creative consulting and training.
Cheryl’s educational background is an eclectic mix of academia and hands-on; she holds both a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Certificate in Entry Level Plumbing. She has taken a number of week-long courses through the Digital Humanities Summer Institute, learning everything from project management to coding for augmented reality and is currently enrolled in the Public Relations Certificate Program through Continuing Studies at the University of Victoria.
Raised around tools and with access to a well-stocked tool shop, Cheryl is eager to help people become more knowledgeable about tools and more confident in their use, and hopes to lead workshops as the Tool Library grows.
Jay is originally from Ireland and came to Victoria in 2013 while travelling Canada. After experiencing the culture and lifestyle that Vancouver Island has to offer, he decided to move here permanently.
Jay now works as a carbon accountant for Synergy Enterprises, a sustainability consultancy that helps businesses in Victoria and beyond measure and reduce their carbon footprint and become leaders in sustainability. He holds degrees in Mathematics and Structural Engineering and is passionate about sustainability and the sharing economy.
As an engineer he is constantly taking things apart, salvaging broken items and recreating them into something new. He envisions the Tool Library as a place where anyone can come, get some advice and borrow the tools they need to fix something, or get creative and build something new of their own.
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Brett is a independent contractor with a background in telecommunications and home renovations. He is a self proclaimed minimalist with a strong passion for building community, education, travel and the sharing economy.
In August of 2015, Brett downsized his life into a motorhome and set off on a 7 month journey throughout BC working on various natural building/ permaculture projects along the way. Upon arriving in Victoria, he almost immediately knew he was home.
One of his main hobbies is renovating and rebuilding camper vans. His goal is to provide others with the knowledge and resources to empower them and take on DIY projects of their own. Brett brings a wealth of knowledge about hand and power tools to the Victoria Tool Library.
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Sarah is a community leader with more than thirteen years’ of experience developing and implementing sustainability policies and programs in the public and non-profit sectors. In her day job Sarah works at the City of Victoria managing multi-million dollar investments in active transportation, including the #biketoria network and the David Foster Harbour Pathway project. She spent five years on the Victoria Foundation community granting council and has helped numerous non-profit organizations over the past decade develop and deliver programs which contribute to community resiliency.
Sarah loves sharing: she has been a volunteer with the UVic SPOKES Program since 2003 and currently serves as Vice-Chair of Modo – Victoria’s only local car share organization. Sarah is also a director with Theatre SKAM, an innovative theatre company which focuses on experiential and place-based performances. Sarah is known for delivering on ambitious objectives, developing effective community partnerships, and creating legacies which support a vibrant, healthy and green community.
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Laura has a background working in libraries and believes that sharing can change the world. She’s excited to see the Victoria Tool Library become a place where we can get to know our neighbours, learn from each other and work together to make a more sustainable community.
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Edie is a nonprofit communications professional with a background in organizing and a passion for gardening. Edie is originally from California, where she used the tool libraries in Berkeley and Oakland to re-tile a bathroom floor, build a chicken coop, and transform brick and concrete into pathways and vegetable beds.