Staff & Board of Directors

Volunteer Prince George is currently recruiting board members. Please see links for information on our board and the application to become a member of our team.

Our Board of Directors

Travis Trussler


Travis Trussler grew up in the Kootenays and is a Professional Engineer who manages heavy civil design/build construction projects with Ruskin Construction Ltd. A 25 year veteran of the Canadian Army Reserve, Travis has served all across Canada and taken part in two overseas deployments. He holds a degree in Integrated Engineering from UBC and in 2019 he was named to the Order of Military Merit for exemplary service throughout his military career. Travis is very active in the community currently acting as the Group Commissioner for Scouts Canada in Prince George and Chairs the Scout’s Canada Camp Management board for the three camps in the local area. Father of two very active sons, Travis and his family enjoy the challenges of the outdoors. 

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Ken Biron


Ken began volunteering with the Canadian Cadet Organizations when he was 15 years old in Ft St James BC. During his time there, he learned valuable skills about volunteerism, leadership, citizenship, and life skills. These and other learning opportunities including voice training, carried him through some long hard years after early diagnosis with MS in 2000. After some lifestyle changes like quitting tobacco, Ken became involved in diverse nonprofit volunteer positions. Today he is extremely busy as he volunteers for the Handy Circle Resource Centre and Volunteer Prince George (VPG). Along with being a director at VPG, Ken assists in maintaining the website and social media pages. He is also an advisor for accessibility with the City of Prince George. Ken is involved with the MS Peer Support Group paving the way for a new future for people living with MS.


Margaret Jackson


Born in the United States, Margaret was a newcomer to Canada in 1979. She worked in several departments of TELUS before retiring and continuing her volunteer work supporting the non-profit community with workshop facilitation and grant writing. Margaret was elected as a director for Volunteer Prince George in 2022. In addition Margaret serves as a Board member for the Prince George Council of Seniors and she is also President of the Board for Live Well Prince George Society.  Margaret has 1 daughter and 5 beautiful young adult grandchildren. She likes spending time with family and friends while also enjoying the peacefulness of Ness Lake where she gardens, reads and plays with grand-dogs. 

Ricki Hadley


Ricki has lived in Prince George for over 15 years. She came here for school and stayed because she absolutely loves Prince George. Ricki is currently a real estate agent but before that she was in health care for 10 years. Ricki enjoys working with people and hopes that by being part of Volunteer Prince George she is able to make a difference in our community.


Houman Ganjali


Houman was born in Iran where he completed a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering, and a M.Sc. in Structural Engineering. Houman used to play basketball while working as a research assistant and as a research associate in Iran. Once he graduated,  Houman came to Canada to complete a Ph.D.  in Timber Engineering at UNBC. Right now, while working on his PH.D., he is performing research with an interdisciplinary team in PG while working as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) for UNBC’s engineering program. Houman likes to keep physically active with mostly indoor activities. Since moving to Canada, Prince George specifically has been kind to him. Here Houman is given the space to work towards his goals which means a lot to him.  Houman would like to return this favor and give back to society by volunteering at Volunteer Prince George.

Our Staff


Maria Rossi

Program Manager

Maria is the Program Manager for Volunteer Prince George and she has extensive history working in social services. Maria has supported people living in poverty, adults facing physical or mental health challenges and isolated/lonely seniors. Maria is passionate about community work and strongly believes in supporting volunteers that diligently help the residents of our city. Maria is also a volunteer with the Community Response Network for Senior Abuse Awareness as well as a Board member for the Live Well Prince George Society. Maria has two adult children and she enjoys the outdoors like hiking on the beautiful trails around Prince George. Contact Maria either by email at or phone at 672-983-1004.    

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Alina Rattanshi

Program Facilitator

Alina is the Program Facilitator at Volunteer Prince George. She moved from Kenya to Canada at the age of 18 to pursue her Bachelor’s Degree and is currently studying Global and International Studies at The University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC). She loves helping seniors and children through volunteering. Alina is known for her positivity and believes in the impact of small acts of kindness. In her free time, she enjoys nature walks and relaxing with her friends. Her journey from Kenya to Canada and her dedication to helping others show how studying international studies, collaborating with non-profits, and practicing kindness can change lives for the better, fostering critical thinking and problem-solving skills crucial for addressing global challenges. Contact Alina either by email at or phone at 250-564-0224.    

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