About Us

BCSS Victoria provides services for people with mental illness, regardless of their diagnosis,  and the people who care about them.  Approximately two thirds of the people that we serve have schizophrenia or psychosis or a loved one with schizophrenia or psychosis, one third a mood disorder (bipolar disorder or major depression) or a loved one that does.  We also provide service to people with anxiety, borderline personality disorder and other disorders.  Sometimes people do not have a diagnosis but are behaving in a way that leads others to believe that they have a mental illness.   We can assist in this situation with support, information and strategies to connect with resources.  We provide service to people who have a mental illness and a substance use issue (concurrent disorder or dual diagnosis).

Organizational Structure

BCSS Victoria is a part of the Schizophrenia Society of Canada (SSC).  The SSC is a national organization that has been in operation since 1979.  Using a federation model, the SSC works with 10 provincial societies and the over 100 chapters and branches, to help individuals with schizophrenia and their families have a better quality of life while a cure is sought.  The federation model enables the Schizophrenia Societies across the country to work together while also recognizing and acknowledging that all provincial societies and the national society are independently incorporated entities according to the laws of their respective jurisdictions.  Each society remains independent in its own internal affairs.

The British Columbia Schizophrenia Society is the provincial organization and was founded in 1982.  Across the province there are 30 branches and over 1600 members.

BCSS Victoria was founded in 1984 by a group of people who wanted to improve the local services and support for people with schizophrenia and their families.  Many of our founding members are still active in the society today.  Currently, BCSS Victoria is the largest branch of the BC Schizophrenia Society.

BCSS Victoria Board of Directors

BCSS Victoria is governed by a Board of Directors made up of elected volunteer members (see below).  If you are interested in joining the Board, please contact us. We are actively seeking new Board Members! Our Board is very much a working board and we are seeking dedicated individuals to serve on the board for the specific areas of accounting, fundraising, communications, business, and who have a wide network in the community. We encourage applications from interested candidates, with a soft deadline of August 18th, 2017. Contact Hazel Meredith, Executive Director, at 250-384-4225 or execdir.bcss@shaw.ca.


Don Monsour

President: Don Monsour

Jordan Sandwith

Vice President:  Jordan Sandwith

Treasurer: Ruth Saunders

Secretary: Wendy Brooks









Picture coming soon. David Axon

Heidi Bermudez

Diana Campbell

Picture coming soon. John Fear







Oliver Matters

Rod Marsh

Corey Maruca

Picture coming soon. Kate Mansell








BCSS Victoria Staff Members

Hazel Meredith, Executive Director

Paula Roumeliotis, Administrative Coordinator, Peer Support Worker

Rebecca Biffard, Administrative Coordinator

Kevin Pryer, Accountant

John Libson,  Family Counsellor

Don Palmer, Peer Support Coordinator

Wendy Mishkin, Consultant

Michaela Iacob, Respite/Outreach Worker

Chris Caleb, Peer Support Worker

John Burke, Peer Support Worker

Patty Milne, Peer Support Worker

Junie Swadron, Peer Support Worker

John Lamont, Peer Support Worker


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