Comprised of people who represent the community served by the fund, the Adoption and Permanency Fund of BC Advisory Committee establishes granting criteria, evaluates applications, and makes granting decisions.

The Victoria Foundation supports the work of the Committee and distributes the grants based on their decisions.

Committee members put in countless volunteer hours of thorough review and thoughtful deliberation, ensuring that funds are used efficiently and effectively to support as many individuals, families and communities as possible.

David Cameron

Chair

David is an adoptee himself, and he and his wife have adopted two children internationally and are very active in the local adoption community. A successful…

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Geord Holland

Past Chair

Geord manages his own law practice, Geord Holland Law. He has had extensive experience as counsel in adoptions, and was consulted in the BC government’s…

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Renaa Bacy

Renaa has a Master’s degree in Social Work and Public Administration. She has been working in the adoption field since 1997 when the current Adoption…

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Mary Caros

Mary Caros is the Director of Education & Engagement at the Adoptive Families Association of BC. She has over 20 years’ experience in organizational and…

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Dana Brynelson

Dana was a Provincial Advisor for the Infant Development Program of BC for many years and is now retired.  A published author, Dana has been…

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Catherine Pope

Catherine is an award-winning senior journalist who spent 20 years at Global News Vancouver. Many of her stories and investigative reports reflected her passion for…

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Kellie Tennant

Kellie is from the Cree Nation, from Peguis Manitoba, and has been a visitor in Coast Salish Territory for 25 years. Kellie is an adoptee,…

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Catherine Clutchey

Catherine is Registered Nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, which is where she first found her passion for BC’s children in care. Since 2005…

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David Cameron

Chair
David is an adoptee himself, and he and his wife have adopted two children internationally and are very active in the local adoption community. A successful reunion with his birth mother and her extended family, coupled with his direct experience, allows for a personal and unique perspective into the many issues in the adoption triangle. David is a Portfolio Manager and co-founder of Cameron Woods Portfolio Management.

Geord Holland

Past Chair
Geord manages his own law practice, Geord Holland Law. He has had extensive experience as counsel in adoptions, and was consulted in the BC government’s overhaul of the Adoption Act in 1996. As adoptive parents of four children, Geord and his wife have been involved in the adoption community for many years and are intimately familiar with adoption issues.

Renaa Bacy

Renaa has a Master’s degree in Social Work and Public Administration. She has been working in the adoption field since 1997 when the current Adoption Act was implemented. Renaa believes that every child in care deserves permanency and this is one of her driving passions. Renaa approaches her work with commitment, honesty and a genuine desire to improve permanency for children.

Mary Caros

Mary Caros is the Director of Education & Engagement at the Adoptive Families Association of BC. She has over 20 years’ experience in organizational and non-profit communications, and has worked with child welfare partners across BC on fostering, adoption, and permanency awareness. Mary is an active community builder at work and at home, and believes that supporting micro-communities can create macro change. She will complete her Masters in Community Development in 2019.

Dana Brynelson

Dana was a Provincial Advisor for the Infant Development Program of BC for many years and is now retired.  A published author, Dana has been a member of many boards of provincial and national organizations, and has won numerous awards for her work.  Dana is an adoptive parent and has been involved in a range of adoption-related activities.

Catherine Pope

Catherine is an award-winning senior journalist who spent 20 years at Global News Vancouver. Many of her stories and investigative reports reflected her passion for making a difference in the lives of children, including her highly acclaimed series on Teen Adoption. Catherine has been a volunteer with the Adoptive Families Association for many years. She is a single parent of an adopted child.

Kellie Tennant

Kellie is from the Cree Nation, from Peguis Manitoba, and has been a visitor in Coast Salish Territory for 25 years. Kellie is an adoptee, and grew up with another adopted sibling, foster brother, her amazing parents and their 2 biological children. Kellie has been a Faculty member for 9 years at Douglas College in the Child and Youth Care Degree Program and the Aboriginal Child Family and Community Studies Program. Kellie is also a child protection mediator for the Ministry of Justice in her private practice working to Indigenize mediation for families involved in child welfare services. Kellie specializes in urban Aboriginal social issues and assisting youth and families to walk in both worlds with cultural pride.

Catherine Clutchey

Catherine is Registered Nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, which is where she first found her passion for BC’s children in care. Since 2005 she has become an adoptive, biological and foster mother and is currently raising seven children. She is passionate about children and families, no matter how they were created. She sits as President of Fraser Valley Foster Parent Association and Vice President of Home For Every Child Adoption Society