MEET THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Darlene Clover is a feminist professor of adult education and community leadership at the University of Victoria. She joined the Board of the SFSAA in 2015 and is currently serving as co-President. Darlene’s interest in this organisation as a heritage site, stems from its historical testament to a group of women who believed in gender justice and women’s education. Of equal importance, she sees this as a space where we can talk critically and engage creatively around women and gender issues.
Lynne Milnes is a professional fundraiser with experience in the education and not-for-profit sector. She connected with the Sisters of St Ann during the renovation of St Ann’s Academy when she was asked by the Provincial Capital Commission to restore the novitiate garden. Researching the life of a novitiate and interviewing retired Sisters, she transferred their oaths and virtues into the plantings of the garden at St. Ann’s Academy. While at UVic working as a Development Officer she assisted the Sisters of St Ann with their transformational gift to UVic in support of former Youth in Care and other important endowments in the School of Nursing and in Education. Lynne has been on the Board of the Society of Friends for several years and is dedicated to protecting the legacy of the work of the Sisters of St Ann in BC and to promoting women in leadership roles in the community.
Carmela Vezza is a former student of St Ann’s Academy. Presently, Carmela is Operations Director In Residential Services for the Vancouver Island Health Authority. Carmela is a medical Social Worker by training, graduating from the University of Victoria with both her BSW and MSW.
As a Student of St. Ann’s, Carmela was the recipient of an education grounded in faith and social justice. The grounds and building have a special place in her heart so when asked to sit on the board of the Society of Friend’s of St. Ann’s Academy she could not say no.
An Alaskan by birth, Michaeleen (Mickey) Grinzell King was educated by the Sisters of Saint Ann at Copper Valley School a Jesuit mission boarding school located 200 miles northeast of Anchorage. After graduation she entered the Sisters’ novitiate in Victoria where she lived and studied for over five years. Eventually she married Edward King, founding principal of several Catholic high schools in the Toronto area. She is the proud mother of four boys and four grandchildren. After Ed’s untimely death in 1992, she returned to Victoria in 1996 to be closer to her family and the Sisters of Saint Ann. Almost immediately, she bought a quaint heritage house in Fernwood which she now shares with her husband Hal MacNaughten, son Michael, assorted cats and their Schnauzer Rudy. Mickey joined the Sister’s archives at the time of the restoration of Saint Ann’s Academy, where she worked alongside archivist Sister Margaret Cantwell, SSA her former teacher, mentor and lifelong friend. She succeeded Sister Margaret as archivist in 2004 and is now retired. Mickey is the founding Secretary/Treasurer of the Society of Friends of Saint Ann’s Academy, and has a passion for all things related to the Sisters of Saint Ann and their 160-year legacy, importance and relevance to the people of the Province of British Columbia.
Susie Nute was born and raised in Nanaimo over 65 years ago. She graduated from UBC with a BEd majoring in PHED and Chemistry. Susie went on to teach at Kam High in Kamloops, Summerland, Penticton, and Red Deer. She started working for Union Carbide, Prentiss Plant in Red Deer as their Training Coordinator setting up programs for their operators. Susie moved to Victoria with her son, Ryan to marry Ron Nute, with whom she has another son, Thomas. Susie then started working and volunteering for Island Catholic Schools in 1992, when Thomas entered St. Patrick’s Elementary School.
Susie connected with St. Patrick’s Parish and the Sisters through her good friend Bruna
Perusi who was the custodian at St. Patrick at the time. In 1994, she was hired by Peter Hobbs to be the Resource Center Coordinator for Island Catholic Schools (ICS) until her retirement June 30, 2017. Susie joined the SFSAA's board after meeting and getting to know many of the Sisters and Theresa Vogel. As a former ICS teacher, she felt it was important to help preserve the history of where and what the Sisters started through educational activities for all ICS students.
Theresa Vogel has been associated with the Sisters of St. Ann and St. Ann’s Academy all her life, being close to her aunt who was a member of the congregation for 67 years. Theresa came to Victoria and the Academy in the 60’s, as a Teacher’s Assistant and sports coach. Upon completion of university, she enjoyed a twenty-seven-year career in Catholic and public healthcare. Upon ‘retiring’, Theresa worked as a missionary in Canada’s north, and as Executive Director of the Society of Friends of St. Ann’s Academy. Theresa continues on the board and maintains a keen interest in history and heritage, serving as the Manager of the Archives of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Victoria.
Satinder (Satty) Virdi has served as the Executive Director since September 2017.