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Management Team


Denise Robinson

Executive Director

       Denise is a native to Vancouver Island and grew up in the Comox Valley. She graduated from Malaspina/ VIU with diplomas in Social Services and Business Management.
       She has served as Executive Director of Boys and Girls Club Ladysmith, Phoenix House Recovery Center, Clearview Detox and was the Regional Coordinator of the BC Foster Parents Association. She became a Caseworker with Big Sisters of Nanaimo in 1997 and saw the organization amalgamate with Big Brothers in 2001.
       Denise also served as Executive Director/Caseworker and became our full time Executive Director in 2007. She has served us exceptionally for over 13+ years and she has seen our agency grow and evolve to what it is today. To her, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been an incredibly positive experience in her career. She has seen it make an incredible difference in the lives of children and looks forward to an exciting future for our agency.


Stephen Cochrane

Director of Service Delivery


       Stephen comes to us with over 20 years experience working in a variety of roles in the Child and Youth Care Field in Vancouver Island Communities. He has a diploma in Outdoor Recreation from Seneca College in Ontario and is a very active member in our local community.

Jennifer Kemp 

Resource Coordinator

Pat Newton 

Office Administrator


Pat joined Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Vancouver Island in October 2015.  She previously worked as an accountant for Big Sisters in Vancouver for more than 25 years.  She volunteers with the Nanaimo Women’s Resources Society, Seniors Aging Out, Better at Home with Nanaimo Family Life, and with two Syrian refugee initiatives through Brechin United Church.  As someone who was a high-school drop out and briefly homeless herself as a teenager, she has worked hard for more than forty years to provide support to the most marginalized women and children in our community so they may become more self-sufficient and resilient.  This is with profound gratitude to those who reached out a helping hand when she was in need.  Her graduate research for her Master’s degree in History focused on the scientific education of girls and young women in London in the mid- to late-19th century.  She may (or may not) consider completing her PhD as a retirement project.  


Jerry Sauder

Social Media, Web and IT Support
       Jerry has worked in  the IT Industry in a number of capacities for over 18 years. He has worked with our agency since 2008 in a number of capacities and projects.