Our Team

Staff

Tara Nargang – Provincial Director 

Tara’s 30 years of community work has taken her throughout traditional and ancestral territories in BC such as Secwepemc, Syilx, Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil Wautauth and across the water in the Philippines, Hungary, and Guyana. These rich community experiences have led Tara back to Victoria, the unceded territory of the Lekwungen speaking People where she has settled for the past 22 years. As the Provincial Director of FRP-BC, she brings FRP front-line experience working in programs such as pre/post-natal; immigration groups; pilot projects for youth and mental health; and family outreach to name a few. She is inspired by the concrete results that happen in collaborative work and is thrilled to be back as part of the bigger picture lens: supporting FRPs, capacity building, and working with partners to make sure FRPs have access to resources, information, and standards. This is an exciting time to be a part of FRP-BC with the deserved attention of Early Years strategy and focus. You can find her at the FRP-BC office in Fernwood, Victoria.

When she is not at work in her favourite neighbourhood, you will find her enjoying the dog beach with her old Golden, watering plants, chatting with her kids or sitting on the deck with her hubby.

Email: provincialdirector@frpbc.ca

Sasha Fast – Provincial Coordinator

Sasha has been working in the Victoria community and is eager to become engaged with FRP-BC. With a passion for connecting and helping people, Sasha hopes to expand her Early Years collaboration within the FRP-BC community of practice and continue to build on member engagement. Sasha joins FRP-BC from Te’mexw Treaty Association and enjoys being part of an organization that advocates for a better quality of life for families and resources for members.

Sasha is proud to call Fernwood home and when not working she can be found gardening with her husband, walking her dog Peanut, and crafting.

Email: admin@frpbc.ca

Delanie Austin – Provincial Food Justice Coordinator

Delanie brings a rich background in justice-oriented community work across the realms of education, food security, and climate action. Their experience includes leading a community harvest program at a local Botanical Garden, serving as a board member and alumni advisor at UBC Sprouts a student-run food justice organization, and acting as a long-time facilitator for Humanities 101, a community program offering university-level courses to people who have a lust for learning and face diverse barriers to accessing education. Delanie has also supported undergraduate students with diversely focused community-based projects in partnership with nonprofit and government organizations as an academic and teaching assistant within UBC’s Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies and the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences.

Delanie is a passionate community facilitator, educator, and aspiring social changemaker. They are thrilled to have recently joined the FRP-BC community as our provincial food justice lead. As a white settler who lives, learns on and benefits from unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and səlilwətaɬ territories, they are committed to upholding their responsibility to center and work in solidarity with Indigenous communities while actively unlearning and supporting alternatives to settler colonial systems and structures.

Through their work with UBC Sprouts, Delanie gained knowledge of and supported a range of food literacy and access programs, including community workshops, an at-cost café, a produce market, a community fridge, and off-campus mutual aid meal distributions. They also initiated and facilitated consistent opportunities for community members to share their lived experiences, needs, and ideas surrounding food (in)security. Driven by community members’ generous feedback and situated knowledges, Delanie played a key role in adapting Sprouts’ food access models and co-leading community mobilization efforts.

Delanie’s diverse community work has fostered their deep understanding of and appreciation for critical self-reflection, ongoing curiosity, seeking and respecting situated knowledge, purposeful reciprocity, and intentional, receptive change-making. Their experiences have also cultivated skills in meaningful relationship and network building, collaborative project development, research, community mobilization, fundraising, and data analysis.

Outside work, Delanie can usually be found walking in a forest or by the water, experimenting in the kitchen, enthralled in a good (audio)book, or daydreaming about social transformation and world-building with friends.

Email: foodjustice@frpbc.ca

Michelle Dzbik – Project Coordinator – Standards of Practice (Contractor)

Michelle has spent numerous years in service to different communities, driven by a passion for building relationships founded on trust, respect, and inclusion. With plenty of experience living and volunteering abroad, she has a particular interest in cultivating understanding and forging connections between a diversity of people. Formerly serving as the Provincial Coordinator at FRP-BC (2019-2021), Michelle is pleased to continue supporting FRPs remotely from the traditional unceded territory of the Kanien’kehà:ka Nation in Tiohtiá:ke while pursuing a B.A. in Human Relations and Psychology at Concordia University.

As she continues her academic journey and collaboration with FRP-BC, Michelle remains dedicated to advancing the principles of community development and promoting the well-being of individuals and communities alike. She is particularly passionate about sexual and reproductive health and rights, as well as labour and housing rights, and currently volunteers and works in these fields in addition to her work at FRP-BC. 

In her spare time, Michelle can be found on stage performing improv, dancing salsa and bachata, or coaxing cats in the neighborhood to let her pet them.

Email: michelle.frpbc@gmail.com

Board of Directors

Sangeeta Bhonsale – Chair

Manager, Family Support Services at Burnaby Family Life

Address:
#102 – 2101 Holdom Ave.,
Burnaby, BC, V5B 0A4
Email: sbhonsale@burnabyfamilylife.org
Ph: 604-659-2205

Heather Joe – Vice Chair

Intake Coordinator Sundrops Centre for Child Development – Clements Centre

Address:
5856 Clements St.,
Duncan, BC, V9L 3W3
Email: hjoe@clementscentre.org
Ph: 250-746-4135

Tim Gibson – Treasurer

Executive Director at Shuswap Children’s Association

Address:
240 Shuswap St. NE.,
Salmon Arm, BC, V1E 1H7
Email: tgibson@shuswapchildrens.ca
Ph: 778-824-0448

Dana Osiowy – Secretary

Executive Director at New Westminster Family Place

Address:
112-960 Quayside Dr., New Westminster, BC, V3M 6G2
Email: dana@newwestfamilies.ca
Ph: 604-520-3666

LeDonna Bussineau – Member

Coordinator at Lhtako Family Centre

Address:
1515 Arbutus Rd., Quesnel, BC, V2J 5H8
Email: ledonna@lhtako.com
Ph: 250-747-2900

Chantille Viaud – Member at Large

Executive Director at Fernwood Neighbourhood Resource Group

Address:
1240 Gladstone Avenue, Victoria, BC, V8T 1G6
Email: chantille@fernwoodnrg.ca
Ph: 250-381-1552

We are currently accepting applications for board members. Please email Sangeeta Bhonsale at sbhonsale@burnabyfamilylife.org to apply.