Co-Chair & Volunteer Coordinator
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.
Secretary & Workshop Coordinator
Originally from Ottawa, Craig is a carpenter with experience ranging from home renovations, new construction, and fine woodworking. He believes in supporting community access to tools and sharing the knowledge of how to use them. When he isn’t at the tool library you can find him on a river or exploring the beautiful back country of the Island.
Interim Treasurer & Tool Coordinator
Al is a civil engineer and lifelong tinkerer and toolaholic. At any given time he is likely to have approximately 37 different projects on the go, some of which may even one day be completed. Most of those require at least one tool that he doesn’t own, which makes the Tool Library a natural fit for him. Some of his ongoing projects include outfitting the perfect motorcycle, raising his 1908 house, and solving world hunger with aquaponics. His partners in these endeavours are his wife Laura and his dog Gromette.
Besides the obvious self-serving benefits of an affiliation with the Tool Library, Al is also a big believer in the power of community and the role of non-profits to improve our society through the sharing of knowledge and the development of skills for everyone.
Member at Large
Sarah is a community leader with more than fifteen 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 transportation to support transit, cycling and walking. 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 served with Modo – Victoria’s only local car share organization – for more than a decade. 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.
Member at Large & Outreach Coordinator
Brady is from the Okanagan and originally came to Victoria in the mid-2000s to study at the University of Victoria. Upon graduating, he spent a number of years working overseas and throughout Canada in various positions related to the management of water. In 2017, he moved back to Victoria to begin a job as a water policy advisor with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy.
Brady values giving back to the community and minimizing humanity’s ecological footprint. The Tool Library is a perfect avenue to fulfill these goals, and also allows Brady to entertain his interest in woodworking. Outside of the Tool Library, Brady spends his time running, biking, hunting traveling and exploring the outdoors.
Co-Chair & Bike Night Coordinator
Prior to moving to Victoria in 2016, Merlin spent many years working for the Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans in Halifax as a technician researching deep-sea ecosystems. Most recently while working in Nanaimo, their main focus was setting up and testing deep-sea camera/video survey gear to study the sea floor.
Merlin spent 3 years as a volunteer bike mechanic at Bike Again!, a community bike workshop space in Halifax. At Bike Again! they worked with folks to fix their own bikes and with the community to build a safer and accepting space to share info and resources on all things bicycle-related.
Merlin is a biology nerd, their current focus being mycology and the endless fascinating benefits of mushroom/fungi. On any given day you could find Merlin in their green house or in their home lab cultivating mushroom specimens. If not working on mushrooms, Merlin also spends their time fixing up a classic 1981 Chevette and a 1990 Ford Ranger.
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Stephanie’s background is in working for environmental non-profits, particularly in the areas of outreach and volunteer management. In more recent years she has moved into social media management and currently works in Digital Communications for the Government of British Columbia.Stephanie holds a BSc in Biological Science from the University of Calgary and is in her first year of 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 keeping the Victoria Tool Library running smoothly.
Page brings over 30 years of library experience to the board along with a passion for DIY and the sharing economy. Page currently works at the University of Victoria and also runs Creative Miscellany where she offers content management, social media, and creative consulting and training.
Page’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 recently 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, Page 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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Edie Irons Member at Large
Brett Higson Member at Large