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Board Members

Board Members

Chuck Schactman
Chair of the Board
Chuck Schactman is a retired child and youth health care services administrator, with over 30 years experience on Vancouver Island. In Victoria, Chuck has worked at the Queen Alexandra Centre for Children's Health, for the Capital Health Region, and for the Vancouver Island Health Authority(now Island Health).
Cecilia Benoit
Board Member
Cecilia Benoit, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Sociology, Scientist at the Centre for Addictions Research of BC, and Fellow of both the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.
Nancy Besharah
Board Member
Nancy is passionate about helping others and is proud to serve on the Victoria Youth Clinic Board. Nancy’s background includes work as Economist, Negotiator and Business Development Director for a healthcare organization. Nancy lives in Victoria with her family.
Brian Yellin
Treasurer/Secretary of the Board
Brian Yellin is a Chartered Public Accountant with thirty-five years of experience in both the not-for-profit and private sectors. He graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Commerce. Since moving to Victoria in 2003, he has worked for the James Bay Community Project and the Royal BC Museum Foundation.
Gerry Karagianis
VYCS Board Vice-Chair
Gerry sits as vice-chair on the VYC board. He is retired from over 30 years as an outreach counselor working with marginalized teens and families.
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