VQC Board of Directors

Victoria’s Quilts Canada (VQC) is governed by a Board of Directors composed of volunteers from among our membership. The Board is appointed for a one-year, renewable term by our members at annual general meetings. New Board members can also be added at other times through a vote by the current Board members.

The Board holds regular meetings and is responsible for the overall management of the organization. It establishes the overall strategic direction, sets policy and monitors the operations of all the Branches throughout Canada.

Board of Directors

President
Lucille (Lucy) Doré

Vice-President and Secretary
Wendy Greenwood

Treasurer
Judy Lancaster

Directors
Blanche Dunn
Carole Noël Mills
Judy Callingham
Andrea DeMeo

Current National Board members

Lucy Doré
Lucy joined the Board in the spring of 2019 following a twenty-five-year career in communications, marketing and client services for Ottawa’s public transit system, OC Transpo, and her ten-year second career with a not-for-profit national association. Lucy first heard of VQC several years ago through her curling friends who were quilters, and became involved with this very worthwhile organization after her retirement. She was elected National President when Blanche Dunn retired in March 2023.

Wendy Greenwood
Wendy first joined VQC as a Friends Group volunteer in 2019, after retirement as the Head of Human Resources for a federal government department. Previously, she had careers as a teacher and as a Community Education Coordinator. She was also involved in various volunteer organizations and community initiatives in both Nova Scotia and Ottawa. She is currently the Secretary and Vice President for the VQC National Board of Directors and Secretary for the Ottawa Branch. She stills enjoys making quilts with the same Friends Group.

Judy Lancaster
Judy began working with VQC in June 2012 after a 20-year career in teaching. She has always been active in the community with a variety of non-profit organizations and, with her husband, operated a pick-your-own strawberry farm for 25 years. She started as Treasurer in 2013, stepped down for some time in 2014 and is now back to being the National Treasurer for the organization.

Blanche Dunn
Blanche has been with VQC almost since the beginning. Her duties as the Coordinator of Friends Groups for National Office for so many years allowed her the opportunity to get to know many of our volunteers personally. She has been a member of the Board of Directors since the start of VQC and helped our founder Betty Giffin in a variety of capacities during her two years as Vice-President. Blanche became National President in 2008 and retired in early 2023.

Carole Noël-Mills
Carole has been involved with Victoria’s Quilts Canada for about twenty-one years. She joined while she was still working for the federal government, and continued volunteering after retirement. Over the years she has participated in different fundraising activities such as the Quilt-a-thons, and fashion shows, as well as other fundraising activities and kit making. She is now part of the Board of Directors as a Director-at-large.

Judy Callingham
Judy heard about Victoria Quilts Canada (VQC) from a sailing friend in 2008 and joined a friends’ group that met in the evenings. Her education and career were in high tech, but she was also a very experienced seamstress with her master’s thesis on “Computer Aided Graphics for Pattern Drafting and Design”. With all this sewing experience, she was still a complete newbie to quilting techniques. She has been involved in VQC activities such as quilt-a-thons, fundraising fashion shows, making quilt kits, collecting and sorting commercial fabric donation and using a very old longarm to complete dozens of Victoria Quilts. Her background in graphics and math was a real asset in designing VQC quilt patterns and adapting many patterns to post on the VQC website. She enjoys teaching quilting to friends and neighbours, who have also become addicted to quilting.

Andrea DeMeo

Andrea is part of the Board as a Director-at-Large
Updated: October 24, 2023