VIPIRG staff are experienced organizers, researchers, and educators who can help students and community members find information, start new projects, and sustain ongoing campaigns. Staff provide students and community members with logistical support and other resources to help get their projects going or to support existing projects.
Research Coordinator: Seb Bonet
Seb has been actively organizing for the past four years. He served on the coordinating collective at VIPIRG for a year and a half before having the privilege of becoming the research coordinator. He is currently working on anti-poverty and anti-colonial organizing. At the moment this means doing solidarity work with grassroots Wet’suwet’en, and also working on issues to do with the criminalization of poverty, like pushing the city to repeal bylaws that encourage social profiling, collecting affidavits to highlight the ongoing problem of harassment faced by people who are street-involved, calling for a moratorium on Good Neighbour Agreements, and bringing attention to other marginalizing processes in Victoria. Around student engagement, he is helping to coordinate a disorientation week for 2013.
Internal Coordinator: Meghan Jezewski
Meghan started working at VIPIRG in an administrative capacity in summer 2012. Her involvement with PIRGs has been ongoing since 1998, beginning in Kingston, ON. She just completed her MA in Studies in Policy and Practice at UVic, researching deafness and disability in social service workplace culture. Meghan’s role as Internal Coordinator is to ensure stable and sustainable operations.