About Us


Shirley Ziegler

Shirley Ziegler is a Director of as well as its Secretary.

A resident of Brandon, Manitoba, where she has lived the majority of her life, Shirley has been impacted by alcohol misuse and believes strongly in the mission and vision of

Shirley has four adult children, nine grandchildren, is an avid reader and a talented cook. She is a strong family person and spends a significant amount of her spare time tending to her loved ones.

Harry Pod

Harry is a Director and Treasurer of

Harry is also a resident of Brandon, Manitoba where he has lived his entire life. He has been impacted by alcohol misuse and believes strongly in the mission and vision of

Harry has been a salesman at a thriving, independent retail flooring store for over 27 years. Through the business and through his friendly, outgoing personality he knows just about everyone in the Brandon area.

Harry has two sons, one grandson and a grandchild on the way. When he’s not working, you’ll find Harry cooking and spending time with his family and friends.

Dr. Tim Stockwell, PhD

Tim Stockwell was Director of Australia’s National Drug Research Institute (formerly the National Centre for the Prevention of Drug Abuse) and Team Leader for NDRI’s Alcohol Policy Team from 1996 till mid-2004 before taking his present appointment in Canada. His research has covered a wide range of aspects of alcohol policy, prevention strategies, treatment methods, liquor licensing issues, taxation and the measurement of drinking patterns and their consequences. He previously served as a Lecturer at the Addiction Research Unit, Institute of Psychiatry, University of London, UK and as a Principal Clinical Psychologist for Alcohol and Drug Services, Exeter Health Authority, England. Professor Stockwell’s publications have appeared in a large number of journals including Addiction, The Lancet, The British Journal of Psychiatry, Drug and Alcohol Review, Accident Analysis and Prevention, Journal of Studies on Alcohol, Alcohol and Alcoholism, Medical Journal of Australia, British Medical Journal, the International Journal of Drug Policy and the Australian Journal of Public Health. He is lead editor of the book “Preventing harmful substance use: The evidence base for policy and practice” and co-author of “The Essential Handbook of Treatment and Prevention of Alcohol Problems” both published by John Wiley and Sons Ltd. He is currently Regional Editor for the Americas of the international journal Drug and Alcohol Review.

He has undertaken research for organizations such as the World Health Organization, Health Canada, the Department of Health (UK), Health Departments of several Australian and Canadian jurisdictions, the Australian Department of Health and Family Services, the National Mental Health and Research Council, the WA Health Promotion Foundation, the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission and the United Nations Drug Control Program. He served as a Director of the Alcohol Education and Research Foundation (Australia), a member of the Board of the Drug and Alcohol Office of Western Australia, the Australian National Expert Advisory Committee on Alcohol, the National Alcohol Strategy Working Group (Canada), the WHO Alcohol Policy Strategy Committee and as President of the international Kettil Bruun Society for Social and Epidemiological Studies on Alcohol. He is currently a member of Canada’s National Alcohol Strategy Advisory Committee and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. He is also the recipient of the 2013 E.M. Jellinek Award, a prestigious international alcoholism research prize.

Tim’s interests include alcohol and other drug prevention policies, alcohol taxation, drinking locations and server responsibility, indices of drug related harm, liquor licensing & risk factors for adolescent drug use.

Eleanor V. Smith

Eleanor V. Smith is a Realtor® with Macdonald Realty Ltd. working with clients to find and sell outstanding homes in the Victoria and Vancouver Island markets. Previously, Eleanor worked for twenty-five years as an interior designer in Chicago, London (UK), Toronto and Victoria. Looking to shift to the outdoors-oriented West Coast lifestyle, Eleanor and her husband, Malcolm, moved their family to Victoria in 1994.

Eleanor earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interior Design at Iowa State University while undertaking a full track scholarship in 400 meter, 4 x 400 meter relay and 400 meter hurdles. She was a Canadian champion in 400 meter hurdles. At the highlight of her career, she was ranked 2nd in the United States and 10th in the world. Eleanor’s success was based on hard work, healthy eating and a strong commitment to personal excellence.

As an interior designer, Eleanor completed design projects in Canada, the United States and England, and she was appointed the head interior designer at a leading Toronto architectural firm. Over her interior design career, Eleanor has earned a reputation as a principal designer who creates balanced, green and sustainable spaces in diverse residential and commercial environments. Her company, Harmony Creative Interiors Ltd., has completed a wide variety of creative and budget-conscious interior projects to provide Victoria-based clients with high-quality, eco-friendly and lasting designs since 1995.

As a former national track and field athlete, Eleanor has shared her track and field expertise with athletes ages 9-16 in hurdles and sprinting as a coach with the Victoria Track and Field Club. In her spare time, Eleanor enjoys running, sailing, reading and watching classic films.