BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Tom Woods

 

Tom Woods

 

Vice President

Tom is one of the founders of the Rock Solid Foundation and a resident of Esquimalt, home of RSF. Tom worked in the oil patch in Fort St. John, logging on Vancouver Island and in the shipyard as a rigger assistant before becoming a member of the Esquimalt Police Department in 1989. In 2003 he transferred to the Esquimalt Fire Department where he was currently a first-class firefighter. A long-term member of both the Canadian National Rugby team and also the Victoria Shamrocks Lacrosse Club, Tom spends time volunteering with Kidsport, the University of Victoria Youth and Society Research Centre, and the Kids Help Phone, the BC Police Youth Network, the Rock Solid Foundation and coaching youth rugby.

He possesses an MBA from Royal Roads University with a specialty in Human Resource Management and a special interest in organizational change management. He still lives in Esquimalt with his wife Heidi and their twin daughters Olivia and Delaney and younger daughter Eliza.

Dr. Bonnie Leadbeater

 

Dr. Bonnie Leadbeater

 

Programs Director

Bonnie Leadbeater, Ph D is a professor of psychology who joined the University of Victoria in 1997. She is also Codirector of the BC Child and Youth Health Research Network. She is dedicated to working with the community to improve child health and well-being and she received a Leadership Victoria Award in 2008 for her work linking university and community initiatives. Dr. Leadbeater’s areas of research expertise include depression in adolescence, resilience among high-risk and marginalized youth, and the prevention of peer victimization. She is co-editor of several books including Resilience in children, families and communities: Linking context to intervention and policy. NY: Kluwer Academic Press (2004, with Ray Peters and Robert McMahon); Ethics in Community-Based Research with Children and Youth. University of Toronto (2006, with Elizabeth Banister, Cecilia Benoit, Mikael Jansson, Anne Marshall, and Ted Riecken). Urban Girls Revisited: Building Strengths, New York University Press (2007, with Niobe Way).

 

David Valentine

 

David Valentine

 

President

David comes to RSF with a work history rich in varied experiences. From serving as a Deputy Commanding Officer in the military to being a coroner and police officer in Victoria, BC, David has served the public for nearly half a century. David now works as District Superintendent of BC Ambulance Services with a secondment as liaison to the 2010 Olympic Committee. The loss of his son Paul in 2002 to a violent youth crime made clear the need for youth violence prevention thus bringing David and his richness of expertise to the Rock Solid Foundation. In addition to his professional commitments and the Rock Solid Foundation, David spends time coaching and refereeing youth rugby, the Paul Valentine Memorial Basketball Foundation and Abbeyfield-DeMazzey House.

 

 

 

Jane Penn

 

Jane Penn

 

Director

Jane is the Principal at Willway Elementary School in Sooke, BC. She has been in the teaching profession for 25 years having taught in various locales in BC as well as the Philippines. Jane has been teaching Fine Arts for the past 6 years and been actively involved with recording artists Holly Arntzen. Paul Hann, and Norman Foote performing songs, recording CD's and writing songs (some for the WITS Program). Jane has been involved in coaching soccer, volleyball, track and field for most of her teaching career.

Jane lives on Vancouver Island with her two children, a son 13 and a daughter 17. Jane has been training, riding and showing horses for 35 years. When not riding, she spends time with her husband Nigel, (a pilot for Westjet) sailing their 26ft Columbia around the Gulf Islands.

 

 

 

Caroline Teske

Board Member, Ontario

Caroline is employed by  PREVNet  (Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network) a national organization that promotes partnerships between researchers and non-government organizations to prevent bullying and peer victimization and promote healthy relationships.  She works at Queen’s University in Kingston to promote the WITS programs in Ontario and the PREVNet online self-evaluation tool nationally. Caroline is a registered social worker and graduate of the MSW program at the University of Toronto. She volunteered for many years at the Kingston General Hospital and the Canadian Mental Health Association and has a strong interest in prevention and early intervention work to promote children’s mental health and well-being.

 

 

 

Dr. Tina Daniels

Board Member, Ontario

Tina Daniels is an associate professor of Psychology at Carleton University. She specializes in the area of bullying and social aggression in girls' groups. She has a Masters degree in Educational Psychology and a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychopathology. She is interested in the development and implementation of classroom based prevention programmes that are designed to help all children acquire the skills they need to develop healthy, productive relationships. She has developed, implemented and evaluated conflict resolution programs, social skills training programs, peer mediation programs, anti-bullying programs and primary prevention programs both locally and internationally. She gives many workshops each year to school personnel , parents and children.

 

 

 

Emily Penn

Secretary