Board of Directors

Board Member President

Deborah holds a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Victoria where she teaches on occasion in the Department of Psychology. She was with the BC Government for 18 years spending most of her career in the area of science and technology, with some seven years as an Assistant Deputy Minister. She finished her final assignment with the Provincial Government in 2000.

Deborah's volunteer work includes strategic planning with non-profit organizations, and extensive board and committee work. She has been a member of Pacifica Housing's board of directors since 2005 and also currently volunteers with the Victoria Hospice Society. Deborah is married and has one adult son living and working in San Francisco.

Board Member Vice President

Terry is the Founder and Chairman of Accent Inns, an award-winning family-owned BC hotel chain. The company has a head office and hotel property in Victoria as well as properties at five other BC locations. Mr. Farmer is a long-time supporter of BC tourism and his career has been marked on more than one occasion with notable accolades.  

Terry has been a member of Pacifica Housing's board of directors since 2009 and also currently volunteers as a United Way Leadership Presenter and as a member of the Go2 Speakers Bureau. He has volunteered on the boards of numerous other charitable, sports and community organizations including the Commonwealth Games, Greater Victoria Hospital Society and the Community Welfare Council.

Board Member Treasurer

James is a Chartered Accountant who specializes in personal tax returns and small to medium business accounting and tax needs as well as business start-ups and entrepreneur mentoring.  He has been working in accounting in Victoria since 2005 and has previously worked with two firms operating in the Victoria area prior to launching his own Practice. Prior to entering the accounting field, James worked at both the Federal and Provincial levels of government and also managed a network of retail businesses in the Victoria area.

James joined Pacifica Housing's board of Directors in November 2010 and also works  with the CA School of Business to help train the next generation of Chartered Accountants.

Board Member Secretary

Jaime is a lawyer in private practice with Reed Pope LLP, Business Lawyers, in Victoria and has over 20 years of commercial litigation experience. Prior to legal practice, Jaime operated a commercial fishing business on the BC coast.

Jaime has always been active in the community and joined Pacifica Housing's Board of Directors in November 2010. He has served on the boards of several non-profits and provided volunteer services to a variety of groups, including the John Howard Society and the Imagination Market. He is past chair of Raincity Housing in Vancouver, a provider of transitional housing. Jaime strongly believes that stable, decent and affordable housing is the foundation of a dignified life for all members of our community.

Board Member Director

Marnie Hill has been working in the non profit sector since 1980, with post secondary education, healthcare and humanitarian organizations in Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia. Her experience covers a wide range of non profit management and fundraising,including annual campaigns, events, planned giving, and marketing/communications. Marnie has worked on capital campaigns ranging from $4 million to $42 million, and has extensive computer systems knowledge. She is currently Manager, Gift Planning with the Canadian Red Cross and has been a member of Pacifica Housing's Board of Directors since May 2011.

Board Member Director

Sharlie Huffman is owner of Huffman Engineering Services.  She was the Senior Bridge Seismic and Structural Health Engineer for the Province of BC and worked for the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure for 33 years before retiring in 2014.   She was a member of the Canadian Earthquake Reconnaissance Team to China in 2008 and to Chile in 2010.  She has been a member of several boards, professional organizations and non-profits over the years advocating for professional engineering excellence, women in non-traditional fields and literacy.

Sharlie has been a member of Pacifica Housing's Board of Directors since 2005.  She is also currently an officer with the Canadian Association for Earthquake Engineering, on the Practice Review Committee of APEGBC and a volunteer and regular judge with the Vancouver Island Science Fair supporting the next generation of scientists and engineers.

Board Member Director

Sang is a Partner in KPMG’s Audit practice in Victoria with more than 13 years of experience providing audit and tax services to a wide range of clients. In 2007 Sang was recognized with an Early Achievement Award from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia for his professional accomplishments and contributions to the community. 

Sang has been a member of the Pacifica Housing board of Directors since 2003 and also serves as treasurer of the Victoria CA Association.

Board Member Director

Raj is a Partner with the personal injury law firm of Acheson Sweeney Foley Sahota ( Raj began his legal career practicing as a corporate lawyer with a major multinational law firm in New York City, after he completed his articles with an international law firm in Toronto. However, after several years of practicing corporate law in the big cities, Raj returned to his hometown of Victoria where he sought to commit himself to representing people instead of corporations. Raj dedicates his practice exclusively to representing people who have been injured due to the fault of others, particularly those seeking fair compensation from ICBC.